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Dental board case could have wide implications for medical regulatory boards
By Lisa Schencker | October 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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CMS begins consumer outreach for open enrollment
By Virgil Dickson | October 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
With roughly a month until open enrollment begins on HealthCare.gov 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...
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Ebola cases spur political proposals, but few viable alternatives
By Paul Demko | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
There's no shortage of ideas being put forth by politicians about how to stem the Ebola outbreak that claimed its first victim on U.S. soil last week.
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Ebola puts spotlight on emergency-preparedness cuts
By Paul Demko | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The recent U.S. Ebola cases could heighten pressure to bolster funding for emergency preparedness programs, which have seen their funding diminished.
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Justices stop parts of Texas abortion law
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.
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Diagnostic software could help pinpoint Ebola patients, advocates argue
By Joseph Conn | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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...
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Reform Update: Tennessee, Virginia Medicaid expansion battles continue
By Virgil Dickson | October 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicaid directors from Tennessee and Virginia say they're continuing the fight to expand their programs in ways that will appease both the CMS and state legislators.
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GOP questions Medicaid oversight in Mass., Puerto Rico
By Virgil Dickson | October 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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ONC official says high cost of EHR data-sharing harms competition
By Darius Tahir | October 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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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Reform Update: Generic drugs' high prices spur fears of failed drug adherence
By Virgil Dickson | October 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Faced with the rising costs of generic prescription drugs, health insurers increasingly are turning to tiers and preferred lists on their formularies to keep costs down. Those strategies previously were used only for brand-name and specialty drugs.
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