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Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

Delayed scrutiny: Problems with birth control device expose gaps in FDA oversight

By Sabriya Rice  |  July 25, 2015

Thousands of women have experienced problems with the Essure birth control device. They claim these side effects were not disclosed to them by the manufacturer or their doctors, and that their complaints have been dismissed for years by the device manufacturer, physicians and the federal government.

Senate panel seeks Stage 3 meaningful-use delay

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 25, 2015

A key Senate leader said his committee will push to delay implementation of the Obama administration's Stage 3 rules for meaningful use of electronic health records.

Hospital systems investing in startups whose products they use

Hospital systems investing in startups whose products they use

By Howard Wolinsky  |  July 11, 2015

About 40 health systems have started venture funds. The lure is the potential for big payoffs and the promise of getting in on the ground floor with effective new healthcare technologies and services. But most startups fail to deliver on venture capitalists' investment.

Senator cites lack of nurses trained in sexual assault cases

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 11, 2015

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has raised concerns about the availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) at hospitals that serve her constituents in Washington state. Advocates say a lack of resources has made this a problem nationwide.

Lack of sexual assault nurses puts survivors at risk

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 08, 2015

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) has recently raised concerns about the availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at hospitals that serve her constituents in Washington state. Advocates say a lack of resources has made this a problem nationwide that could jeopardize cases against perpetrators.

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

Medicaid plans struggle to provide mental health services

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 04, 2015

As low state reimbursement rates drive mental health providers away from Medicaid, managed-care plans taking over some state programs are looking for creative ways to deliver a service that many see as key to holding down overall costs.

Hospitals train staff to spot victims of human trafficking

Hospitals train staff to spot victims of human trafficking

By Maureen McKinney  |  June 20, 2015

Experts who have studied human trafficking say a victim's most promising lifeline could be a healthcare provider. That's why a number of hospitals and health systems around the country have launched training programs for their staff on how to identify and treat trafficking victims.

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