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Could Massachusetts have the tool to fix high drug costs?

Could Massachusetts have the tool to fix high drug costs?

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 03, 2016

There might be another tool in the battle against high drug costs: state consumer protection laws. A potential lawsuit in Massachusetts against drugmaker Gilead over its costly hepatitis C drugs could, if successful, forge a new path for states working to combat the high costs of certain drugs.

Broward Health under FBI, state probes after CEO's suicide

Broward Health under FBI, state probes after CEO's suicide

By Michael Sandler  |  February 03, 2016

The FBI is looking into claims of corruption following evidence gathered by a corporate private investigator allegedly hired by CEO Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, according to news reports. Florida's chief inspector general is reviewing all contracts the system has entered into since July 1, 2012.

HealthTrust brings specialist docs into contracting process

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 02, 2016

Like other GPOs, HealthTrust's contracting team has always convened a number of boards composed of practicing physicians or nurses to review products. But they were lacking specialists who could offer in-depth, practical expertise on new products, said Dr. Michael Schlosser, the company's CMO.

Could limiting medical residents' hours be bad for patients?

Could limiting medical residents' hours be bad for patients?

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 02, 2016

Just how long medical residents should be allowed to work during a shift has been hotly debated by professional organizations and patient safety experts. But policies that restrict residents' hours may cause more harm than good, according to a controversial new study.

Athenahealth names Prakash Khot as CTO

By Joseph Conn  |  February 01, 2016

Athenahealth, a developer of cloud-based electronic health record and financial systems for office-based physicians and hospitals, has named IT veteran Prakash Khot chief technology officer, the Watertown, Mass., company has announced.

Video: How technology helps feed the expanding supply chain

Video: How technology helps feed the expanding supply chain

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 30, 2016

Watch how robot-assisted technology allows a Medline Industries distribution center to break down bulk cases of medical products into smaller shipments for providers across the care continuum.

Screen for depression on admission

Screen for depression on admission

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 30, 2016

Since 2014, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has routinely screened all admitted patients for depression, making it one of the first U.S. hospitals to do so. About 1% of the patients screened are found to be at risk for suicide, which hospital leaders say would have been hard to detect in the past.

The new basic training for next gen physicians

The new basic training for next gen physicians

By Michael Sandler  |  January 30, 2016

A growing number of medical schools in the U.S. are immersing students in the nitty-gritty of direct patient contact and care from the start of their training. The schools' aim is to produce physicians who are more in tune with team-based and patient-centered care.

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