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VA leader: 'Absolute confidence' in embattled administrator

By Associated Press  |  February 06, 2016

The U.S. secretary of veterans affairs said Friday that he stands by his appointment of a regional healthcare executive who was accused of misleading Congress about how long veterans waited to receive care at a VA facility where she worked in Los Angeles.

 '2016 will be the year of change from the inside out'

'2016 will be the year of change from the inside out'

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

Derek Feeley, the former head of the National Health Service in Scotland, replaced Maureen Bisognano this year as CEO of Institute for Healthcare Improvement, whose reach now extends to dozens of countries across the globe. He recently spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Sabriya Rice about the...

Blog: CDC alcohol warning results in hangover for agency

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 04, 2016

Women (and men) on social media are lashing out at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accusing the federal health agency of overstepping its boundaries. The agency warned women of child-bearing age who are not currently using birth control about the risks of drinking alcohol.

FDA vows changes to opioid drug policies

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 04, 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday announced that, in response to the nation's opioid abuse epidemic, it will change its policies on reviewing new painkillers and will work with experts to safely label opioid drugs, including those for pediatric use.

Huron Consulting acquires digital health firm MyRounding

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 04, 2016

MyRounding makes software for use during hospital rounds. It can collect data on patients, create checklists on safety issues such as preventing hospital-acquired infections, track patient issues and assign tasks to specific employees.

Feds outline reforms for reservation hospitals

By Associated Press  |  February 03, 2016

Federal officials on Wednesday outlined a plan to improve care at hospitals that treat Native Americans in four Great Plains states, including creating a multi-agency group to focus on quality and patient safety and designating a single organization to accredit Indian Health Service hospitals.

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.

Stryker to buy Sage Products for $2.8 billion

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 01, 2016

Stryker Corp., the Kalamazoo, Mich.-based medical equipment and technology company, is making a push into preventive products for hospital-acquired infections with a $2.8 billion deal to acquire Sage Products.

N.Y. hospitals call for $2.5 billion bailout for struggling facilities

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  February 01, 2016

Brooklyn hospitals in the borough's poorest neighborhoods have teetered on the edge of collapse for years, requiring hundreds of millions of dollars in state subsidies to continue acting as the safety net for some of New York City's most vulnerable residents.

Home health ratings all over the place?

Home health ratings all over the place?

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 28, 2016

About 70% of more than 5,700 agencies in the U.S. got four or five stars on patient satisfaction, according to federal ratings posted Thursday. But while patients may be giving high marks for satisfaction, previous data found the agencies to be only mediocre on outcomes.

Walgreens tells Theranos to stop using lab under scrutiny

By Associated Press  |  January 28, 2016

The nation's largest drugstore chain is telling blood-testing startup Theranos to stop sending samples from its customers to a testing facility that drew regulatory scrutiny over possible patient risks.

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