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Up & Comers awards recognize 12 rising healthcare stars

Up & Comers awards recognize 12 rising healthcare stars

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 11, 2014

For the Up & Comers class of 2014, Modern Healthcare's editors received more than 150 nominations from a wide variety of healthcare provider, insurer and supplier organizations. Predicting from among that group who will emerge as healthcare's household names over the next few years was no easy task.

Home dialysis grows despite cost and logistical hurdles

Home dialysis grows despite cost and logistical hurdles

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  October 11, 2014

A growing number of U.S. patients are having dialysis at home. But experts say Medicare payment policies, cost issues for providers and patients, patient demographics and physician comfort levels have gotten in the way of broader use.

Dialysis providers expect ACOs, payment cuts, consolidation

Dialysis providers expect ACOs, payment cuts, consolidation

By Beth Kutscher  |  October 11, 2014

The $25 billion dialysis industry faces transformation as it moves from offering a profitable niche service to what insurers see as a cost center under the population health-management approach.

Medicare attack ads surface despite little chance of changes

Medicare attack ads surface despite little chance of changes

By Paul Demko  |  October 04, 2014

Medicare is surfacing in political attack ads leading up to the Nov. 4 elections in several races that could determine which party controls the senate in 2015—and how much power congressional Republicans will have in wrangling with the Obama administration over the ACA and other healthcare...

Radiology being transformed by cloud, proponents say

Radiology being transformed by cloud, proponents say

By Darius Tahir  |  October 04, 2014

If digital cloud technology proponents have their way, the field of radiology will be transformed, with major changes in who does the work of reading images, and where and how it's done.

ACOs, other delivery reforms shift job roles at hospitals

ACOs, other delivery reforms shift job roles at hospitals

By Melanie Evans  |  September 20, 2014

Hospitals' need to cut costs and coordinate care is driving health systems to give clinical and clerical workers greater responsibility for direct patient services, freeing up more-credentialed professionals for work only they are qualified to do.

Doc-owned device distributors targeted by feds

Doc-owned device distributors targeted by feds

By Jaimy Lee  |  September 20, 2014

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit alleging that three surgeons performed unnecessary spinal surgeries, a distribution company they invested in encouraged them to pressure hospitals to buy its medical implants, and the company and one of the surgeons denied the physician investments even as...

Tech fixes ease sharing of sensitive patient data

Tech fixes ease sharing of sensitive patient data

By Joseph Conn  |  September 13, 2014

This spring, Michigan lawmakers removed a major roadblock to the exchange of patient medical records between behavioral-health and medical providers by approving a uniform patient notification and consent form.

IT entrepreneurs rush into healthcare, but will human touch be missing?

IT entrepreneurs rush into healthcare, but will human touch be missing?

By Darius Tahir  |  September 06, 2014

The vision of providing better, faster, cheaper and more consumer-friendly healthcare is shared by many digital health and telehealth startups. Still, shifting healthcare services to the digital realm involves new challenges in ensuring quality and appropriate utilization.

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