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Doc group asks S.C. Blues to reconsider shrinking urgent-care network
By The State (Columbia, S.C.) | August 01, 2014
The largest physicians organization in South Carolina wants Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina to reconsider its plan to boot urgent care groups MEDcare and Nason Medical Care from its network of providers. Blue Cross responded that the S.C. Medical Association isn't a factor in this...
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As pharma jobs leave N.J., office-space ghost towns remain
By National Public Radio | August 01, 2014
New Jersey used to be known as "the nation's medicine chest," but over the past two decades, many of the state's pharmaceutical industry jobs have dried up or moved elsewhere, and left millions of square feet of office space, warehouses and laboratories sitting empty.
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FDA will exempt more consumer health devices from pre-market review
By VentureBeat | August 01, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance today that exempts still more medical devices—some of them consumer devices—from its regulatory scope. This means the makers of these devices, some of which are connected to apps, no longer have to go through the FDA's 510(k) review...
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Six states, D.C. extending Medicaid pay raise next year to primary-care docs
By Washington Post | July 31, 2014
Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary-care doctors, which was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act intended to make sure millions of low-income people enrolling in the expanding insurance program have...
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Portland pediatricians tap big data to keep kids healthy
By Portland Business Journal | July 31, 2014
Portland pediatricians are gaining a new online tool that to help them better track the health of their young patients. The Children's Health Alliance, an association of independent pediatricians in Oregon and Southwest Washington, launched the childhood population health management tool to keep...
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Virginia health system warns of data breach; ex-employee charged
By Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) | July 31, 2014
Riverside Health System, Newport News, Va., announced a possible data breach this week after a former employee was charged with stealing credit card information from cancer patients.
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After hours, weekends the worst times to have a heart attack
By CBS News | July 30, 2014
The time at which heart attack patients arrive at the hospital may affect their chances for survival, new research suggests. Showing up at the emergency room at night, on weekends or during holidays is associated with a 13% higher risk for death than arriving during regular business hours,...
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Clinical trials may be compromised by online patient chatter
By Wall Street Journal | July 30, 2014
Are patients jeopardizing clinical trials by discussing them on social media? There is growing fear in the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry that an increasing number of people who participate in clinical trials may indeed compromise research by chatting about treatments, side...
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California pharmacists resist translating medicine labels
By NPR | July 30, 2014
This week California's Board of Pharmacy will discuss new regulations that would require all pharmacies in the state to provide translated labels on prescription drug bottles. Statewide, 44% of Californians speak a language other than English at home. But the board's executive officer, Virginia...
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Technology replacing transcriptionists in Western Pa.; fears about quality persist
By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | July 29, 2014
As they embrace electronic health records, hospitals in Western Pennsylvania are turning to outside companies to replace transcriptionists, the workers who convert dictation into written reports. Even though outsourcing results in faster turnaround time for the legal reports, some industry experts...
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