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Fitbit to Schumer: We don't sell personal data
By Associated Press | August 22, 2014
The maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
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Senators call for FDA action on power morcellators as controversy continues
By Darius Tahir | August 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to end or restrict the use of laparoscopic morcellators, New York's two Democratic U.S. senators are calling on the agency to pull them from the market until regulators have further studied the technology's potential to spread cancer during...
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Audit: Obamacare medical-device tax not meeting revenue target
By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
An Obamacare tax on medical devices is falling short of its revenue target because thousands of companies aren't paying it, according to a government audit released Tuesday.
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CMS to withhold one-third of provider data as Open Payments website problems mount
By Darius Tahir | August 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS has confirmed that it will withhold until next June about one-third of submitted records on drug and device industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals due to suspected inaccuracies with data included on its Open Payments website.
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Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?
By Associated Press | August 17, 2014
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's healthcare overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
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Reform Update: Political season injects variables into healthcare agenda
By Andis Robeznieks | August 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The dynamics of healthcare reform may wildly change in the weeks ahead. The congressional calendar calls for a short legislative session followed by nonstop campaigning, a November election followed by a lame-duck session, and then finally the seating of a new Congress that could feature a shift in...
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Columnist attempts to sell conservatives on his healthcare reform plan
By Bob Herman | August 15, 2014
House Republicans repeatedly have voted to delay, defund and repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But as some conservatives have pointed out, it's unrealistic to think President Barack Obama would sign any legislation to repeal or roll back the legislation that defines his tenure...
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GAO finds Medicare's audit contractors may duplicate efforts
By Bob Herman | August 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS' audit contractors may overlap duties and hammer hospitals with multiple reviews of the same payment claims, according to a new Government Accountability Office report that echoes concerns the provider community has voiced for years.
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VA referrals to private doctors up 25%
By Associated Press | August 13, 2014
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald says the agency is significantly increasing its referrals of veterans to private doctors following a scandal over long patient waits and falsified appointment records at many VA hospitals and clinics.
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Is the Sunshine Act website repeating HealthCare.gov's mistakes?
By Darius Tahir | August 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A mix-up of information about two physicians with the same name in different states has opened a window on wide-ranging technical problems the CMS is facing with its Open Payments website reporting industry payments to doctors and teaching hospitals.
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