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Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

Network squeeze: Controversies continue over narrow health plans

By Bob Herman  |  March 28, 2015

Narrow-network health plans have grown in popularity, particularly on the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, because their cheaper premiums appeal to price-sensitive consumers, but there is significant consumer and provider dissatisfaction with how many of these plans are organized.

An uncertain 50th birthday for Medicare

An uncertain 50th birthday for Medicare

By Paul Demko  |  March 14, 2015

Medicare is fast approaching its 50th anniversary: It was signed into law July 30, 1965. But don't expect a celebratory mood when Medicare experts and advocates gather in Washington for the March 20 event, “Honoring 50 Years of Medicare.”

Hospital staff injuries will go public with OSHA rule

Hospital staff injuries will go public with OSHA rule

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 07, 2015

This year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is scheduled to finalize a rule requiring healthcare employers and those in other industries to report cases of occupational injuries and illnesses. OSHA has said it will make the data public through a website.

Devicemakers step up lobbying to kill ACA tax

Devicemakers step up lobbying to kill ACA tax

By Paul Demko  |  March 07, 2015

While most healthcare stakeholders have slowed their spending on Washington lobbying, one sector has cranked up the pressure—the medical-device industry.

Other insurers may be liable in Anthem data breach

By Joseph Conn  |  February 28, 2015

Potential legal liabilities from the unprecedented breach of 80 million individuals' records at Indianapolis-based health insurance giant Anthem could entangle nearly 60 insurers from Hawaii to Puerto Rico, legal experts say.

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

Endoscope contagion raises questions about FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice and Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 21, 2015

The latest outbreak of a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection spread through contaminated endoscopes has prompted calls for re-evaluating the adequacy of currently recommended cleaning and reprocessing procedures.

Q&A: 'Imagine if healthcare were priced to consumers'

Q&A: 'Imagine if healthcare were priced to consumers'

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 14, 2015

Mark Ganz, president and CEO of Cambia Health Solutions, a not-for-profit parent of 22 companies offering healthcare products and services, discusses how his companies are seeking to make healthcare more consumer-directed.

Obama budget offers 'pay for' blueprint

Obama budget offers 'pay for' blueprint

By Paul Demko  |  February 07, 2015

When it comes to healthcare, forget the Republican derision that greeted President Barack Obama's $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016 and the dead-on-arrival rhetoric of inside-the-Beltway pundits.

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

Endoscope infections at Virginia Mason prompt broader safety fears

By By  |  January 31, 2015

Dozens of patients at the Seattle hospital were infected with a deadly bacteria spread by a type of endoscope essential for treating certain conditions but hard to disinfect because of its design. That has raised questions about who is responsible for preventing and correcting the problems.

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