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Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 25, 2015

Thousands of women have experienced problems with the Essure birth control device. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.

Editorial: When it comes to care, there's no place like home

Editorial: When it comes to care, there's no place like home

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 18, 2015

Most senior citizens will fight fiercely to remain in their own homes, often well beyond their physical or even mental capacity to take care of themselves. A recent ACA-initiated demonstration program suggests there may be savings for Medicare if that's where seniors receive care.

Policy changes in kidney care would boost quality, cut costs, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 11, 2015

The recent article on the risks associated with catheter use for patients requiring dialysis “Dialysis patients get substandard care despite guidelines” didn't identify policy solutions that could reduce catheters and lead to increased use of grafts and fistulas, the preferred forms of...

Drug discount supporters to strategize on 340B program

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  June 27, 2015

Safety net providers and clinics that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program will meet next month to address criticism that some 340B participants are abusing the discount program.

ACA Medicaid expansion forced public system to improve

ACA Medicaid expansion forced public system to improve

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 20, 2015

Dr. Mitchell Katz, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, talks about making the L.A. system more patient-centered, the importance of assigning patients a regular provider, and the need to incorporate social services into healthcare.

Q&A: 'Why the hell should insurers be upset' about our health plan?

Q&A: 'Why the hell should insurers be upset' about our health plan?

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 13, 2015

Michael Dowling, president and CEO of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the largest integrated healthcare system in New York state, discusses his system's expansion efforts, its insurance operation, and his views on federal payment and quality reforms.

Innovations: Testing a digital pillbox to improve medication compliance

Innovations: Testing a digital pillbox to improve medication compliance

By Darius Tahir  |  May 16, 2015

Startup company TowerView Health aims to make it easier for patients to manage their medication regimens. The company has developed software and hardware that reminds patients and their clinicians about medication schedules, and warns them when a patient is falling off track.

Bugs may hold secret to better hearing aids

Bugs may hold secret to better hearing aids

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

They don't really want to put a bug in your ear, just help you hear like one. Researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, say insects' sophisticated way of processing sound could help refine hearing aids.

Ochsner taps apps for hypertension patients

Ochsner taps apps for hypertension patients

By Joseph Conn  |  May 02, 2015

New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System was one of the first U.S. systems to begin managing patients with chronic conditions using tech giant Apple's new HealthKit data-sharing platform in conjunction with the Apple watch and iPhone.

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