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Ebola overwhelming West African communities
By New York Times | October 01, 2014
As the Ebola epidemic intensifies across parts of West Africa, nations and aid agencies are pledging to respond with increasing force. But the disease has already raced far ahead of the promises, sweeping into areas that had been largely spared the onslaught and are not in the least prepared for it.
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As meaningful-use reporting deadline nears, CMS reveals hardship exception figures
By Bloomberg BNA | October 01, 2014
Roughly 44,000 providers applied for hardship exceptions from the meaningful use program this year in hopes of avoiding a Medicare penalty next year, the CMS said Sept. 29.
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Boston Children's Hospital probes link between enterovirus, paralysis
By Boston Globe | October 01, 2014
Boston Children's Hospital is treating four children with muscle weakness or paralysis that began soon after they were sickened by a respiratory virus, doctors said Tuesday. The Boston cases are similar to those involving 10 children in the Denver area. Health officials in both states are...
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Hospital infections with C. difficile level off
By New York Times | October 01, 2014
The incidence of the potentially deadly bacterial infection known as Clostridium difficile doubled in hospitals between 2001 and 2010 and leveled off between 2008 and 2010, researchers report in the American Journal of Infection Control.
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Digital health records become common, but sharing still a challenge
By New York Times | September 30, 2014
Doctors and hospital executives across the country say they are distressed that the expensive electronic health-record systems they installed in the hopes of reducing costs and improving the coordination of patient care simply do not share information with competing systems.
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CVS, MedStar agree to integrate patient records
By Washington Post | September 30, 2014
Neglected to pick up your prescription? Now there’s a good chance your doctor will be aware of that and do something about it, thanks to a slew of new partnerships between CVS Health and various health systems. One of these arrangements, slated to begin by early next year, will integrate the...
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The rise of the MD/MBA degree
By Atlantic Monthly | September 30, 2014
For David Gellis, the spark came during a class in college on health policy in America. He had known he wanted to become a doctor, but he was looking for a way to contribute to systemic change in healthcare. His professor at the time was Dr. Donald Berwick, who later headed the CMS. Berwick's class...
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Texas hospital puts possible Ebola patient in isolation
By Reuters | September 30, 2014
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas, said on Monday it has admitted a patient into "strict isolation" to be evaluated for possible infection with the Ebola virus, as health officials battle an epidemic in West Africa that has already killed thousands of people. The hospital cited the unnamed...
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Costs can go up fast when ER is in network but the doctors are not
By New York Times | September 29, 2014
Patients have no choice about which physician they see when they go to an emergency room, even if they have the presence of mind to visit a hospital that is in their insurance network. Even the most basic visits are leaving some patients with hefty bills as an increasing number of doctors who work...
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CVS' Caremark unit settles false claims allegations
By Reuters | September 29, 2014
Caremark, a unit of CVS Health Corp., will pay $6 million to settle U.S. allegations that it knowingly failed to reimburse Medicaid for prescription drug costs paid on behalf of patients who were also covered by private health plans it administered.
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