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Acadia's earnings rise on booming behavioral admissions
By Bob Herman | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Acadia Healthcare recorded sizable gains in its second quarter and for the first half of 2014 as higher admissions and new acquisitions benefited the publicly traded operator of inpatient behavioral health facilities. A one-time currency adjustment also contributed to quarterly gains.
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Teen's death puts focus on caffeine powder dangers
By Associated Press | July 19, 2014
The sudden death of a healthy high school senior has ramped up attention on unregulated caffeine powder, leading federal health authorities to warn consumers to stay away from the substance.
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Prison healthcare costs leveling off, but problems loom
By Bob Herman | July 09, 2014
The amount states spent on prisoner healthcare services declined from 2009 to 2011, but an aging inmate population that already has generally poor physical and mental health could reverse that trend.
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Depression treatment makes fiscal sense for heart surgery patients
By Bob Herman | July 08, 2014
Treating patients for depression after they undergo cardiac bypass surgery has previously shown to improve quality of life, but it also appears to be a money-saver, according to a study.
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VA falls short on female medical issues
By Associated Press | June 22, 2014
Already pilloried for long wait times for medical appointments, the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department has fallen short of another commitment: to attend to the needs of the rising ranks of female veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them of child-bearing age.
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VA plan to end rural health program raises hospital, lawmaker hackles
By Virgil Dickson | June 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The U.S. Veteran Affairs Department appears to have no plans to continue a pilot program that it launched three years ago to give rural veterans access to private healthcare, despite calls for its continuance from some providers and lawmakers.
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Ancillary Care Services steps up urgent-care acquisitions
By Bob Herman | June 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Ancillary Care Services, a Dallas-based provider of supplemental healthcare services, has acquired two Florida urgent-care centers for $2.2 million.
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Vital Signs
Key privacy rule could fall to accountable care push
By Joseph Conn | June 17, 2014
History may look back on last week as an inflection point for privacy and technology in the healthcare industry.
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VA: Wait times in audit had some caveats
By Associated Press | June 14, 2014
Data released by Veterans Affairs officials earlier this week appeared to confirm that new patients at the agency's medical centers were routinely waiting 30, 50 or even more than 90 days to see a doctor. It turns out those statistics came with some big caveats.
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Limits on sharing substance-abuse patients' records under debate
By Joseph Conn | June 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Whether patients of federally funded drug and alcohol abuse programs should continue to enjoy some of the most stringent privacy protections in all of U.S. healthcare was the subject of a daylong “listening session” conducted Wednesday in Rockville, Md., by the Substance Abuse and...
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