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Tennessee officials say doc-shopping for painkillers is down
By Associated Press | September 20, 2014
Tennessee officials say doctor shopping has decreased in the three years since the passage of a state law requiring drug history checks before filling painkiller prescriptions.
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Settlement marks a step in recovery for victims of Johns Hopkins gynecologist
By Associated Press | September 20, 2014
Maria Lennon said she felt some relief when she heard the news Friday afternoon: A judge had finalized a $190 million settlement between Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly photograph women and girls during...
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Doc-owned device distributors targeted by feds
By Jaimy Lee | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit alleging that three surgeons performed unnecessary spinal surgeries, a distribution company they invested in encouraged them to pressure hospitals to buy its medical implants, and the company and one of the surgeons denied the physician investments even as...
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Medical-liability carriers see 2013 premium income drop as providers consolidate
By Andis Robeznieks and Michael Sandler | September 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The nation's largest medical-liability carriers are selling less insurance, and collecting less premium income, thanks to consolidation among healthcare providers, more self-insurance, a highly competitive market and a decline in claims frequency, experts said.
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China fines GlaxoSmithKline $492M for bribery
By Associated Press | September 19, 2014
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China, the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.
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UHS to pay $65M to settle shareholder suit against Psychiatric Solutions
By Beth Kutscher | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Universal Health Services will pay $65 million to settle allegations that its Psychiatric Solutions subsidiary misled investors about abuse and neglect that occurred at one of its hospitals.
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Federal probe of doc-owned distributorship yields False Claims suit
By Jaimy Lee | September 08, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Justice Department is moving forward with False Claims Act allegations against a company that sells spine implants to hospitals, alleging that the company and its owners made improper payments to surgeons to use the company's medical devices in the procedures they performed.
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Obamacare subsidies reprieved by federal appeals court
By Paul Demko and Bob Herman | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Obamacare may be less likely to face another harrowing U.S. Supreme Court test now that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has thrown out a three-judge panel ruling blocking premium subsidies to Americans living in 36 states.
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Full D.C. appeals court expected to uphold ACA subsidies
By Paul Demko and Bob Herman | September 04, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington said Thursday the full 11-member court will rehear the controversial case that ruled Americans could not receive subsidies to help pay for plans on federally run health insurance exchanges. Oral arguments will begin Dec. 17.
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Federal judge strikes down Texas abortion clinic restrictions
By Associated Press | August 30, 2014
Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure.
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