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Healthcare on pace for another huge year of job gains

By Bob Herman  |  April 02, 2016

Hospitals, doctors’ offices and other healthcare settings added 36,800 jobs in March, representing roughly 1 out of 6 jobs created across the entire U.S. economy last month.

New CDC guidelines unlikely to change opioid Rx practices

New CDC guidelines unlikely to change opioid Rx practices

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 19, 2016

In long-awaited final guidelines for prescribing opioid medications, federal health officials mostly kept recommendations widely criticized as restricting access to pain-relieving drugs.

Is Essure warning a game changer?

Is Essure warning a game changer?

By Sabriya Rice  |  March 05, 2016

The FDA recommends that labeling for Bayer's Essure should highlight specific safety concerns. The agency gave it a black-box warning and a checklist for patients to initial indicating that they understand a suite of potential adverse events.

Editorial: Abortion safety as subterfuge sets a dangerous precedent

Editorial: Abortion safety as subterfuge sets a dangerous precedent

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 27, 2016

Texas' legislative effort to restrict abortion providers, to be reviewed this week by the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, has troubling economic implications for healthcare providers that go well beyond abortion. It's worth reviewing some of the issues raised by the case.

Deaths of newborn heart surgery patients at Pa. hospital raise red flags

By Michael Sandler  |  February 08, 2016

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children stopped performing non-emergency heart surgery pending internal review. The hospital did not reveal the reason behind the move, saying only that it is making progress in increasing volumes and improving performance, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Site-neutral Medicare payments on Congress' agenda

Site-neutral Medicare payments on Congress' agenda

By Shannon Muchmore  |  January 02, 2016

Congress is likely to take up a measure in the new year that would exempt hospital outpatient departments currently under construction from a “site-neutral” Medicare payment provision, which made it into the two-year budget deal in October that avoided a potential default on the...

Connecticut law addresses surprise facility fee charges

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 30, 2015

Connecticut patients who receive outpatient services at a hospital will be given fair warning before they are charged with facility fees under legislation that takes effect Jan. 1.

Herding hospital docs: Staffing firms buy MD groups

Herding hospital docs: Staffing firms buy MD groups

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 12, 2015

Physician groups are interested in selling to bigger organizations for a host of reasons, many of them related to the fast-changing business environment under new payment models and federal quality initiatives. And national staffing firms are vying to roll up hospital-based practices.

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