Obama: U.S. can't cut itself off from West Africa

By Associated Press  |  October 18, 2014

President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in.

Obama names Ebola 'czar'

Obama names Ebola 'czar'

By Adam Rubenfire , John N. Frank and Virgil Dickson  |  October 17, 2014

Ron Klain, a lawyer who served as a senior White House aide to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to both then-Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden, has been named Obama's point man on the Ebola crisis, the White House announced Friday.

Texas hospital official apologizes for misdiagnosing Ebola case

Texas hospital official apologizes for misdiagnosing Ebola case

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 16, 2014

An official from the hospital system that owns Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has apologized for initially misdiagnosing the symptoms of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. patient to die from Ebola. At least two of the hospital’s workers who cared for him have also contracted the...

Dental board case could have wide implications for medical regulatory boards

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 16, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court justices offered few hints during oral arguments Tuesday as to how they will rule in a case that raises the question of whether professional regulatory boards should be exempt from federal antitrust laws and thus allowed to quash low-cost providers of similar services.

CMS begins consumer outreach for open enrollment

CMS begins consumer outreach for open enrollment

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 15, 2014

With roughly a month until open enrollment begins on and other insurance exchanges, the CMS has kicked off the outreach process to let people know about automatic re-enrollment for exchange plans. However, federal exchange officials say uncertainty remains about how some of the...

Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law

By Associated Press  |  October 14, 2014

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked key parts of a 2013 law inTexas that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America's second most-populous state.

Diagnostic software could help pinpoint Ebola patients, advocates argue

By Joseph Conn  |  October 14, 2014

Diagnostic support software is getting a second look as a possible weapon against Ebola in the wake of the initial misdiagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian Ebola patient who subsequently died at a Texas hospital. Such software can be effective in promptly diagnosing patients infected with...

GOP questions Medicaid oversight in Mass., Puerto Rico

GOP questions Medicaid oversight in Mass., Puerto Rico

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 13, 2014

Senior congressional Republicans have given CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner until Nov. 24 to answer questions about whether her agency is applying proper oversight of Medicaid spending in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico.

ONC official says high cost of EHR data-sharing harms competition

By Darius Tahir  |  October 10, 2014

Concerns about electronic health-record interoperability and data-sharing, the expense of such sharing and the impact of large players in dominating the market all were raised by an ONC official during a presentation Friday at an Alexandria, Va., conference.

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