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14 charged for 2012 compound pharmacy-linked meningitis outbreak

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 17, 2014

Fourteen people have been charged in connection with a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, the U.S. Attorney's Office for Massachusetts announced Wednesday morning.

HHS awards $665 million for state innovation models

By Paul Demko  |  December 16, 2014

The federal government announced more than $665 million in grants to 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia on Tuesday to design and test new healthcare payment and delivery models.

More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports

More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports

By Joseph Conn  |  December 16, 2014

Hospitals are further along in upgrading their electronic health-record systems to where they need to be than had seemed possible only a month ago, according to new data from the CMS.

VA to pilot IBM's Watson for post-traumatic stress treatment

By Darius Tahir  |  December 16, 2014

The Veterans Health Administration on Monday awarded IBM a two-year $7 million contract to deploy its Watson technology to aid its doctors in caring for post-traumatic stress disorder patients. The contract is for a pilot project, with the potential of scaling up if it proves successful.

HealthCare.gov sees minor glitches as key deadline arrives

By Darius Tahir  |  December 15, 2014

HealthCare.gov on Monday seemed to be handling the last-minute rush of enrollees signing up for insurance that will be effective Jan. 1 with only minor glitches rather than the major problems it saw last year, site watchers said.

VA study shows problems with health record usage, points to some positives

By Darius Tahir  |  December 15, 2014

The use of personal health records by veterans remains low, paralleling the experience of the private healthcare sector. Only 30% of veterans had registered for the VA's patient portal and only 17% had authenticated their identity, giving them access to their health data and other functions as of...

McKesson joins health IT venture capital field

By Darius Tahir  |  December 13, 2014

Healthcare giant McKesson Corp. plans an aggressive move into venture capital funding for healthcare technology, planning to commit several hundred million dollars over the next five to eight years and hiring a VC industry veteran to head its VC initiative.

Virtual visits cheaper, even if other factors considered

By Darius Tahir  |  December 12, 2014

Patients using virtual visits are largely using them to replace emergency department, urgent-care and office visits and they don't require extensive follow-up care, a new study reports.

House leaders back ICD-10 deadline, seek hearings on readiness

By Joseph Conn  |  December 11, 2014

Two Republican House committee leaders announced plans to hold a status hearing next year on ICD-10 preparations in a statement that supports—although somewhat tepidly—the current CMS timeline to implement the diagnostic and procedure codes next fall.

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