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Right to die: Colombian man ends life with government backup

By Associated Press  |  July 04, 2015

Dr. Gustavo Quintana walks out of a modest, two-floor apartment building in southern Bogota. Inside his black doctor's bag are vials containing anesthesia and muscle relaxants, a syringe and a rubber tourniquet. The man known in Colombia as Dr. Death has just ended the life of his 234th patient: a...

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 04, 2015

As low state reimbursement rates drive mental health providers away from Medicaid, managed-care plans taking over some state programs are looking for creative ways to deliver a service that many see as key to holding down overall costs.

Allscripts buys 10% stake in NantHealth

Allscripts buys 10% stake in NantHealth

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 01, 2015

Allscripts, a major EHR vendor, is furthering its relationship with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's NantHealth precision medicine startup, which plans to go public by year-end. The two companies hope to collaborate on a precision medicine platform for cancer care.

IOM: The doctor will see you TODAY should be standard

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 30, 2015

Provider-focused approaches to scheduling and failure to appropriately use nurse practitioners and physician assistants are among the reasons timely access to care remains a problem in the U.S., according to an Institute of Medicine report.

Which companies disclosed the most to Open Payments

Which companies disclosed the most to Open Payments

By Art Golab and Michael Sandler  |  June 30, 2015

Genentech, the maker of Avastin and other expensive cancer drugs, paid physicians and teaching hospitals more than any other drug or device company in 2014, according to a new round of data posted to the CMS' Open Payments website.

IOM reports 'unacceptable' disparities in cardiac arrest survival

IOM reports 'unacceptable' disparities in cardiac arrest survival

By Sabriya Rice  |  June 30, 2015

A report from the Institute of Medicine suggests revamping the national strategy for cardiac arrest to standardize surveillance, coordination, data collection, public education and the sharing of best practices pertaining to the condition.

Massachusetts seeks to address mental healthcare crisis

By Andis Robeznieks  |  June 29, 2015

Lawmakers in Massachusetts on Monday discussed bills that seek to reduce boarding of behavioral health patients in hospital emergency departments and keep them out of correctional facilities.

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