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A formula to find the uninsured around the country
New York Times | October 29, 2014
Enroll America is an organization with a big job: to find the uninsured around the country and persuade them to sign up for health insurance. It needs a good way to find them. So Enroll, which is financed by charitable foundations, healthcare companies and private individuals, enlisted the help of...
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House subpoenas former HealthCare.gov official Todd Park
The Hill | October 29, 2014
The House Science Committee has issued a subpoena for former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park over his role in developing HealthCare.gov. The subpoena comes after Park's previous refusals to testify and his recent cancellation of a meeting with House lawmakers after it became clear that the...
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Bellevue workers face Ebola stigma outside hospital
New York Times | October 29, 2014
As Bellevue Hospital Center goes into its seventh day of treating Dr. Craig Spencer, who had worked with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, some of its employees are feeling stigmatized—a harsh consequence of being the first hospital in the city to deal with an outbreak that has killed about...
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Experts sound alarm as diabetes fuels cases of TB
Reuters | October 29, 2014
Cases of tuberculosis are set to accelerate worldwide unless action is taken to curb diabetes, a chronic condition that weakens the immune system and triples the risk a person will develop the lung disease, health experts warned on Wednesday.
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California Supreme Court declines to review Sutter data-breach case
Sacramento (Calif.) Business Journal | October 28, 2014
The California Supreme Court dismissed a request to review a data theft class action against Sutter Health in one sentence, but the decision sends a bigger signal: there's no harm—or money to be had—unless there's evidence somebody used the stolen information.
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FDA approves two faster Ebola tests
Wall Street Journal | October 28, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration authorized use of two new diagnostic tests for Ebola that can produce results in two hours, compared with what can usually take four hours.
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Flu-shot supply dented by production woes
Wall Street Journal | October 27, 2014
Some influenza-vaccine makers have delayed shipments to U.S. doctors and pharmacies because of production problems, forcing healthcare providers to put off vaccinations as flu season gets underway.
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Red Cross to use text messaging to take down Ebola
NPR | October 27, 2014
In Sierra Leone, cellphone users are as likely to get a text about handwashing as about a social gathering. In an effort to contain Ebola, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has teamed up with local cellphone provider Airtel and the Sierra Leonean government to...
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As insurers try to limit costs, providers hit patients with more separate fees
New York Times | October 27, 2014
As insurers ratchet down payments to physicians and hospitals, providers are pushing back with a host of new charges. In some cases, the services were never typically covered by health insurance but had generally been performed gratis as part of an exam. In others, the fees are novel constructs.
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Lifespan, CVS to share electronic patient records
Rhode Island Public Radio | October 27, 2014
Lifespan, Rhode Island’s biggest health system, and CVS Health’s walk-in health clinics say they’ve agreed to share patients’ electronic health records. A spokeswoman for Lifespan says there’s no timeline yet for the collaboration.
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