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Genome sequencing rated top advance of past 40 years

Genome sequencing rated top advance of past 40 years

By Joseph Conn  |  March 26, 2016

The sequencing of the human genome—an achievement that capped a 13-year, $3 billion international effort funded by the federal government—represents the most significant breakthrough in healthcare over the past 40 years, according to Modern Healthcare readers.

New living arrangements for dementia patients

New living arrangements for dementia patients

By Michael Sandler  |  March 19, 2016

The expansion of memory-care living facilities is part of the ongoing evolution of senior citizen residential care, which has seen rapid changes over the past few decades. Few people move directly into nursing homes anymore.

Activist investors take on for-profit healthcare boards

Activist investors take on for-profit healthcare boards

By Dave Barkholz  |  March 19, 2016

Slumping stock prices and the quickening pace of change in how providers get paid are testing boards of directors at publicly traded healthcare firms in ways they haven't seen in a generation.

What happens when divorce is too expensive

By Lisa Schencker  |  March 19, 2016

They got together. They broke up. They reconciled. The story may be a common one for couples, but not necessarily for hospitals and construction companies working on projects together.

Dr. Vivian Pinn

Dr. Vivian Pinn

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  March 12, 2016

Dr. Vivian Pinn is a pioneer in many regards. But when asked about her most significant achievement, she talks about her former students. Pinn has worked tirelessly over the years to encourage career paths in medicine and science, especially for young African-Americans and women.

Larry Mathis

Larry Mathis

By David Royse  |  March 12, 2016

Larry Mathis had a number of jobs early in life, including leading soldiers in combat in Vietnam, which would help form his worldview and set his career path. But it was a summer job as a bellboy at a Denver hotel that taught him a lesson that would help set in motion a major change in how...

Dr. Henry Plummer

Dr. Henry Plummer

By Maria Castellucci  |  March 12, 2016

Dr. Henry Plummer died nearly 80 years ago, but the physician who was influential at the Mayo Clinic almost since its founding left a legacy that continues to influence the institution to this day.

The hallmarks of greatness

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 12, 2016

Diversity. Innovation. Service. Healthcare organizations striving to achieve greatness must incorporate those values into their mission. The careers of this year's three inductees into Modern Healthcare's Health Care Hall of Fame embodied those values and set benchmarks for others to follow.

What California providers will do when asked to help patients die

What California providers will do when asked to help patients die

By Harris Meyer  |  March 11, 2016

California patients who want to take advantage of the state's new aid-in-dying law are likely to face challenges in finding cooperative providers, at least initially. But two major systems say they'll support physicians who participate.

Onslaught of pro-, anti-Obamacare spots is waiting in the wings

Onslaught of pro-, anti-Obamacare spots is waiting in the wings

By Harris Meyer  |  March 05, 2016

Unlike the last few election cycles, paid political advertising that features healthcare issues hasn't played a starring role in the early primaries. But once the Democratic and Republican nominees are selected, watch out.

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