Feds: Identity thieves hit 2 metro Detroit hospitals

By Detroit Free Press  |  November 21, 2014

A pair of thieves stole the identities of hundreds of patients at two metro Detroit hospitals and used their personal information to scam the government out of nearly $500,000 in phony tax refunds, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Highmark and UPMC feud over canceled physician contracts

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review  |  November 21, 2014

Highmark said Thursday it terminated contracts with 689 UPMC physicians in the Pittsburgh region to make clear that the doctors would be out-of-network for the insurer's subscribers on Jan. 1. UPMC called Highmark's move an “illegal breach” of the contracts and said Pennsylvania's...

Drug spending tops $1 trillion on hepatitis C, cancer therapies

By Reuters  |  November 20, 2014

Global pharmaceutical spending will break the trillion dollar mark in 2014, driven by high prices in the U.S.for novel treatments such as Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi for hepatitis C and new cancer drugs, according to a study released on Thursday.

High volume slows Maryland's health exchange website

By Baltimore Sun  |  November 20, 2014

Heavy volume on the newly opened Maryland health exchange website pushed those looking to buy insurance into virtual waiting rooms for up to a half-hour Wednesday, the first day the public gained full access to the newly rebuilt website. Officials and those using the portal said the online delays...

A worry in theory, health data privacy draws a yawn in practice

By NPR  |  November 20, 2014

When it comes to health records, how concerned are Americans about what happens to their personal information? Responses to a poll conducted by NPR and Truven Health Analytics showed that, in general, worries don't run very high.

Deal by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raises cash and some concern

By New York Times  |  November 19, 2014

About 15 years ago, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation made what was considered a risky foray for a not-for-profit organization into the world of business. It began giving money to a small biotechnology company to entice it to develop drugs for the disease. But that funding has now paid off enormously.

Mass. AG seeks to negotiate over hospital closure

By Boston Globe  |  November 19, 2014

Steward Health Care System has agreed to keep the struggling Quincy Medical Center open as late as Feb. 4 to comply with a state law that requires hospitals to give 90 days’ notice and hold a public hearing before closing.

U.S. government proposes more transparency in clinical trials

By Reuters  |  November 19, 2014

U.S. health officials on Wednesday proposed significantly expanding what researchers are required to report about clinical trials of drugs, devices, and other interventions, addressing concerns that data crucial to patients and physicians is kept secret.

Brigham and Women's notifies patients about stolen medical data

By Boston Globe  |  November 18, 2014

Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is notifying patients that their medical information may have been stolen in September, the hospital said on Monday. According to a statement released by the hospital, a physician's laptop computer and cellphone containing information on nearly 1,000 patients...

Medicare websites get a scathing review

By The Hill  |  November 18, 2014

HHS is failing to meet its goal of making healthcare costs more transparent, according to a federal audit released Tuesday. Five websites meant to help inform Medicare patients about treatments and providers have “critical weaknesses” that make it nearly impossible to calculate...

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