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Prime Healthcare Services sues California union under racketeering statute
By Beth Kutscher | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Prime Healthcare Services is suing a union it says is waging an ongoing smear campaign to pressure the chain into unionizing its workforce.
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Class-action suit filed against CHS following breach
By Nashville Business Journal | August 26, 2014
Five Alabama residents have filed a class-action lawsuit against Brentwood, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems following last week's announcement that the nonmedical personal information of 4.5 million patients had been breached by Chinese hackers.
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Billing Medicare for poor care not a false claim, court rules
By Bob Herman | August 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A recent appellate court ruling in favor of an Illinois nursing home could shield other healthcare providers from False Claims Act allegations that involve poor quality of care.
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Washington hospitals can't board psych patients in ER
By Beth Kutscher | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Starting this week, hospitals in Washington state will be prohibited from boarding psychiatric patients in emergency departments while they wait for inpatient beds to open up. The change comes as a result of a state Supreme Court ruling.
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Judge sides with Boston Globe in mental health patient profile
By Melanie Evans | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Both Steward Health Care System and the Boston Globe are claiming they got what they wanted in a recent court ruling in which the healthcare system sued the Globe regarding an article which had not yet been published.
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Obama administration proposes new workarounds on contraceptive coverage
By Paul Demko | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration is proposing a workaround to provide contraceptive coverage to employees of closely held companies that object on religious grounds. It was not immediately clear whether this latest compromise would finally defuse the controversy that has yielded dozens of lawsuits...
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States side with FTC against St. Luke's physician deal
By Beth Kutscher | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The attorneys general from 16 states have filed an amicus brief backing the Federal Trade Commission in its closely watched bid to undo an Idaho health system's acquisition of a physician practice.
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Vital Signs
RAND report takes you on a trip to dark side (of cybercrime)
By Joseph Conn | August 20, 2014
It's not Elmore Leonard, but for the average health information technology reader, a new RAND report, Markets for Cybercrime Tools and Stolen Data: Hackers' Bazaar, is still a gripper.
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Carondelet to pay $35 million in rehab overbilling case
By Modern Healthcare | August 19, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Carondelet Health Network, a Tucson, Ariz.-based division of Ascension Health, has agreed to pay $35 million to settle allegations that two of its hospitals inappropriately billed Medicare and other federal health programs for inpatient rehabilitation care.
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Information
U.S. won't reveal records on HealthCare.gov security
By Associated Press | August 19, 2014
After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's healthcare website because doing so could "potentially" allow...
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