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Medtronic appeals heart-valve device ruling
By Sabriya Rice | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medtronic has appealed a ruling by a federal judge which restricts use of the company's new heart valve device to a limited number of U.S. patients. Although the judge indicated that the Medtronic device is safer and has better outcomes than that of its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences, a...
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AHA goes after 'two-midnight' rule in court
By John N. Frank | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The controversial “two-midnight” rule just got a little more controversial; the American Hospital Association Monday filed two lawsuits against the rule and was joined in its suit by several state hospital associations and individual hospitals.
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Top aide optimistic about Medicaid plan talks in Pa.
By Associated Press | April 12, 2014
A top aide to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Friday that she is optimistic that negotiations will be productive on the Republican governor's plan to use billions of federal Medicaid expansion dollars to subsidize private health insurance policies for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.
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N.J. doctor admits part in $100 million bribery scheme
By NJ.com | April 11, 2014
A Madison, N.J., doctor has admitted accepting more than $2,000 per month in exchange for test referrals as part of a $100 million bribery scheme involving Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services of Parsippany, N.J.
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Stockpiles of Tamiflu a waste of money, studies conclude
By Sabriya Rice | April 10, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Stockpiling drugs intended to treat symptoms in patients suffering from the flu is essentially a waste of money, according to two new studies finding that the effectiveness of the antivirals is vastly overstated and the harms underplayed. The companies that make the drugs and the Centers for...
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OIG reverses course, opposes private HIE fee plan
By Joseph Conn | April 09, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of Inspector General at HHS has done an unusual about-face on its own 2011 ruling regarding whether a payment method for a privately run health information exchange service runs afoul of federal anti-kickback laws.
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U.S. jury hits Takeda, Lilly with $9B penalty
By Associated Press | April 08, 2014
A U.S. jury ordered Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and its U.S. counterpart, Eli Lilly & Co., to pay $9 billion in punitive damages over a diabetes medicine linked to cancer. The drug companies said Tuesday they will "vigorously challenge" the decision.
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FDA redefines terms 'spouse' and 'family' to include same-sex partners
By Virgil Dickson | April 03, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is redefining its definitions of the terms “spouse” and “family” to included legally married same-sex individuals.
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Outliers: Ban on medical marijuana sweets leaves bad taste
By Modern Healthcare | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Forget the hash brownies. That's what the Oregon Health Authority ruled recently in announcing regulations for items allowed at the state's medical marijuana dispensaries, which began opening last week.
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Appeals court may be leaning toward gutting ACA subsidies
By Joe Carlson | March 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in a widely watched case Tuesday, urged a divided panel of appeals judges in Washington to adopt a legal analysis that would essentially gut federal insurance subsidies in 36 states. And signs surfaced suggesting that analysis may win the...
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