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Fighting disease, one bar of recycled soap at a time

Fighting disease, one bar of recycled soap at a time

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 18, 2015

Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives with soap. It began about seven years ago as a tiny operation in a single-car garage in Orlando, Fla., where a few friends and family members used meat grinders, potato peelers and cookers to recycle used soap into fresh bars.

Questions mount on VA cost overruns, delays

Questions mount on VA cost overruns, delays

By Andis Robeznieks  |  March 28, 2015

“Good riddance.” That was the two-word statement issued by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) on hearing the news that Glenn Haggstrom, the Veterans Affairs Department chief of acquisition, logistics and construction, had resigned last week.

Zombie apocalypse? Get out of town

Zombie apocalypse? Get out of town

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 07, 2015

Should lumbering, flesh-eating ghouls begin to spread their maddening state of undeadness to a frenzied U.S. population ... keep calm and head for the hills.

Dignity seeking license to take full risk for care

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 28, 2015

Dignity Health is preparing to apply for a California health insurance license that will allow the San Francisco-based health system to accept full financial risk for patients' medical care.

Enrollment tops HHS goal as consumers face tax penalties

Enrollment tops HHS goal as consumers face tax penalties

By Paul Demko and Virgil Dickson  |  February 14, 2015

The second open-enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act closed Sunday with more than 10 million enrollments. Reform supporters cheered the gains but cautioned that hurdles remain, most notably a U.S. Supreme Court case that could strike down premium subsidies in up to 37 states.

Data security needs more than encryption

Data security needs more than encryption

By Joseph Conn  |  February 14, 2015

The massive hacks at Anthem and Community Health Systems should boost the use of data-encryption technology, but the high-tech tool may not keep sensitive information from the clutches of sophisticated hackers, experts say.

Co-op insurance plan finances should be watched closely

By Bob Herman  |  February 14, 2015

Many of the new consumer-governed, not-for-profit health plans launched thanks to the ACA were in shaky financial shape in their first nine months of operation and will need to be closely monitored, raising questions about the law's method of boosting insurance competition.

The man behind the nation's fastest-growing hospital chain

The man behind the nation's fastest-growing hospital chain

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 29, 2014

Prem Reddy of Prime Healthcare Services draws fire for wrangling with insurers, shucking unprofitable service lines, using aggressive coding, slashing overhead and fighting unions. Yet his bids for failing systems keep on winning.

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