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Report alleges poor care by Illinois prison system

By Michael Sandler  |  May 23, 2015

A report issued last week by court-approved researchers provides a detailed look at medical care in Illinois prisons, outlining delays in treatment, desultory follow-up care and poor record-keeping. The filing claims a host of issues could have cut short the lives of some inmates.

Curbing healthcare drug theft in Minnesota

Curbing healthcare drug theft in Minnesota

By Maureen McKinney  |  May 23, 2015

While there are no exact statistics about the prevalence of drug theft in healthcare facilities, experts agree it is widespread, and a Minnesota coalition can point to progress against the problem.

CMS signals change in stance over Florida Medicaid waiver

By Virgil Dickson  |  May 23, 2015

The CMS is appearing to blink in its stare-down with Florida over Medicaid expansion. The agency informed state officials last week that it tentatively plans to renew a waiver that has provided Florida billions in supplemental Medicaid funding to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.

Family raised $187M for cancer, spent it on themselves

By Associated Press  |  May 19, 2015

A Tennessee man and his family used much of the $187 million it collected for cancer patients to buy themselves cars, gym memberships and take luxury cruise vacations, pay for college tuition and employ family members with six-figure salaries, federal officials alleged Tuesday in one of the largest...

Virginia Mason joins widow in suing devicemaker over contaminated scopes

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 18, 2015

Virginia Mason Medical Center has taken the unusual step of teaming up with a patient's widow to sue medical-device manufacturer Olympus over contaminated duodenoscopes, which sickened 32 patients between November 2012 and January 2014. Eleven patients died.

VA to investigate claims of billions spent improperly

By Andis Robeznieks  |  May 16, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has directed the department's inspector general to investigate a whistle-blower's claims that the VA spends some $5 billion a year on prosthetics and other supplies without contracts.

Don't overlook risks from automatic data entry in EHRs, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Regarding the article “Getting the data stream flowing: Hospitals want monitoring devices and EHRs to communicate”, entering vitals such as blood pressure, respiration rate and oxygen saturation from electronic monitors directly into the electronic health record saves time and...

Father and son charged in insider trading case

By Associated Press  |  May 15, 2015

An investment banker at a Manhattan firm and his father were charged Thursday with using inside information to earn over $1 million illegally by trading in securities of five healthcare companies.

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