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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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Regional News/Northeast: Blue Cross, DaVita forge Philly link on primary care, and other news
By Jaimy Lee and Rachel Landen | April 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A new joint venture between Independence Blue Cross and DaVita HealthCare Partners aims to improve primary care and lower costs in Philadelphia by providing data, resources and financial incentives to doctors to help them take better care of patients with chronic diseases.
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Community Health Systems closes Florida, Pennsylvania hospital deals
By Rachel Landen | April 03, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Publicly traded Franklin, Tenn.-based hospital operator Community Health Systems this week completed its acquisition of Sharon (Pa.) Regional Health System. The chain also signed a 40-year lease of Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Fla.
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Reform Update: States seek contested Medicaid alternatives, cuts
By Virgil Dickson | April 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Proposals from conservative-led states looking to expand their Medicaid coverage in alternative ways have prompted worries among healthcare providers and patient advocates that proposed changes may mean some benefits are discontinued.
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Outliers: The really BIG picture on cell repair
By Modern Healthcare | March 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For those curious to see how a healthy cell repairs DNA, you don't need to dust off your old microscope. Look instead to the ceiling of the Basser Research Center for BRCA at the University of Pennsylvania, where they have turned the process into a more than 900-pound illuminated hanging sculpture...
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Obamacare's frantic final enrollment drive
By Paul Demko, Virgil Dickson and Melanie Evans | March 15, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With two weeks left in Obamacare's 2014 open enrollment period, insurers, hospitals, insurance exchanges, community health centers and not-for-profit groups across the country are racing to sign up millions of uninsured Americans, with a particular focus on younger people and minorities.
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Duke LifePoint plans to expand into Pennsylvania
By Beth Kutscher | March 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Duke LifePoint Healthcare plans to extend its reach into yet another state, signing a letter of intent to take over Conemaugh Health System, a three-hospital group based in Johnstown, Pa., investing more than $500 million over 10 years to acquire the not-for-profit system.
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Pa. bill would allow NPs to practice without docs' oversight
By Express-Times (Easton, Pa.) | March 13, 2014
Much like doctors, nurse practitioners see patients, diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication and monitor their progress. But in Pennsylvania, they can't practice without a physician's oversight—they must enter into collaborative agreements with two physicians who vouch for the care they...
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Regional News/Northeast: Pa. system, Cleveland Clinic collaborate on heart care, and other news
By Jaimy Lee and Melanie Evans | February 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Susquehanna Health, which operates four hospitals in Pennsylvania, has formed an affiliation agreement for heart and vascular services with the Cleveland Clinic.
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Outliers: Up to your ears in personal information
By Modern Healthcare | February 22, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Some scientists say it's time to wake up and smell the earwax. Seems a new study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a Philadelphia-based institute dedicated to taste and smell research, says earwax is a “neglected body secretion” with great potential as a source of personal...
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