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October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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CDC to monitor travelers from Ebola-affected countries
By Steven Ross Johnson and Adam Rubenfire | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Individuals traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be actively monitored for Ebola symptoms for 21 days after they enter the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.
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North Dakota 'personhood' ballot measure raises concerns about broader healthcare impact
By Paul Demko | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A type of “personhood” amendment North Dakotans will vote on next month could have broad ramifications for healthcare in that state, some experts say.
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Reform Update: Bigger doesn't equal cheaper for patients, studies find
By Melanie Evans | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Consolidation across healthcare sectors and local markets may benefit consumers when it reduces costly and potentially harmful duplication and waste. Or not. Consolidation also can increase costs, researchers contend in two newly published studies.
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Outpatient volume fuels Hawaii Pacific Health's FY14 gains
By Bob Herman | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hawaii Pacific Health, a four-hospital system headquartered in Honolulu, reported significant growth in its bottom line in its most recent fiscal year despite inpatient admissions falling.
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Medical device hack-attack issues resurface
By Joseph Conn | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Three medical-device makers have been identified by unnamed sources as having their products under review by an arm of the Homeland Security Department for possible cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to a published report. But for the feds, providers and the devicemakers, the issue of...
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Nurse Pham's dog tests negative for Ebola virus
By Harris Meyer | October 22, 2014
Dog lovers worldwide got good news Wednesday when Dallas nurse Nina Pham's King Charles spaniel was pronounced free of the Ebola virus that infected his owner, according to the Associated Press.
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Boston Scientific earnings again affected by special charges
By Jaimy Lee | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Boston Scientific Corp., a Marlborough, Mass.-based medical-device manufacturer, said sales rose 6% to $1.8 billion in the third quarter with each of its business units reporting single-digit sales growth on a reported basis.
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UPMC, Highmark battle goes back to a courtroom as the state steps in
By Lisa Schencker | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A federal judge denied insurer Highmark's request Tuesday to block a Wednesday state court hearing over its health plan for seniors, which state officials say violates a previous agreement between Highmark and healthcare giant UPMC.
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Wergin installed as AAFP president
By Andis Robeznieks | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Leadership changes took effect Wednesday for the American Academy of Family Physicians during the 115,900-member organization's Congress of Delegates meeting in Washington. Dr. Robert Wergin has been installed as president of the AAFP; immediate Past President Dr. Reid Blackwelder has taken over as...
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Physician service prices stable, hospital price rise in September
By Melanie Evans | October 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Consumer Price Index for hospitals increased 0.3% in September after no change the month before, new federal data show. Physician service prices did not change.
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Expect more not-for-profit hospital mergers and acquisitions
By Beth Kutscher | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The surge in merger and acquisition activity among not-for-profit health systems has boosted credit ratings for the sector, according to a report from Standard & Poor's.
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Hospitals may struggle to execute CDC's stronger Ebola standards
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare experts are calling the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's tighter guidelines for treating Ebola patients welcome but also long overdue. And meeting the standards may pose financial challenges for many facilities.
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Reform Update: Medicaid programs crafting limits on Harvoni usage
By Virgil Dickson | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Which Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to Gilead Sciences' newest high-cost hepatitis C treatment, Harvoni, and when they'll get that access, now depends on prior-authorization criteria being hammered out by various state agencies. Most will likely limit Harvoni use to patients dealing with...
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Uninsured largely unaware of looming enrollment period
By Paul Demko | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Roughly 90% of uninsured Americans are unaware of the open-enrollment period that begins Nov. 15, according to new polling data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Medicare.gov contractor looks to go public
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Connecture, a technology company that powers and designs Web-based health insurance marketplaces, plans to go public. The Brookfield, Wis.-based company on Monday filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of stock.
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It's time to stand by Dallas hospital
October 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Texas Health Resources CEO admits staff not fully trained before Ebola outbreak”: THR has taken enough lumps. It's time for the medical community to stand by this facility.
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Vital Signs
What's essential in some states isn't in others, study finds
By Bob Herman | October 21, 2014
President Barack Obama's healthcare law mandated that certain health plans start covering common services. But because the federal government offered states latitude in those initial determinations, the definition of an essential health benefit ranges widely across the country, a report...
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Consumers want an improved online healthcare experience
By Joseph Conn | October 21, 2014
Consumers want online healthcare and insurance shopping to be as easy as other online shopping experiences, but currently almost half are not happy with their overall online healthcare customer experiences.
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Ebola study projects spread of virus on overseas flights
Wall Street Journal | October 21, 2014
Up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries, according to a new study that projected travel patterns based on infection rates and recent flight schedules.
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Consumers cheer wearables, but don't wear them, yet
By Darius Tahir | October 21, 2014
Consumers are highly optimistic about wearable devices' potential to improve healthcare, even though most now are not using wearables to track their own health, PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute says in a new report.
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Ebola causing spike in demand for hospital gear
Associated Press | October 21, 2014
Manufacturers and distributors of impermeable gowns and full-body suits meant to protect medical workers from Ebola are scrambling to keep up with a surge of new orders from U.S. hospitals, with at least one doubling its staff and still facing a weekslong backlog. Many hospitals say they already...
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Vital Signs
Unless they change, devicemakers may see shrinking profits
By Jaimy Lee | October 20, 2014
A leading consulting firm is warning medical-device companies that they either embrace the changes taking place in the global healthcare system or they will face sharply declining operating margins in the years ahead.
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Stricter CDC standards for Ebola care expected
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Federal health officials are expected to issue stricter standards soon for the use of personal protective equipment by healthcare workers who treat patients infected with Ebola.
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Joint Commission calls on C-suite to promote healthcare safety
By Sabriya Rice | October 20, 2014
The term “culture of safety” has become commonplace in the vernacular of U.S. healthcare facilities, yet variation in safety remains prevalent. As organizations pursue efforts to boost quality, improve outcomes and reduce patient harm, a new Joint Commission resource is aiming its...
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St. Luke's Hospital names Candio next president and CEO
By Adam Rubenfire | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Christine Candio has been named president and CEO of St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. She will replace Gary Olson, who is retiring after 36 years at St. Luke's. Her appointment is effective in January.
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Reform Update: At AAFP gathering, topics range from access to vasectomies
By Andis Robeznieks | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The lasting and fleeting impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are a focus of the American Academy Family Physicians' policy-setting meeting and educational assembly in Washington this week.
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Vital Signs
Ebola insurance offered to providers
By Lisa Schencker | October 20, 2014
There may be no cure for Ebola, but healthcare providers can get insurance for it.
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Nigeria is free of Ebola, health officials declare
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nigeria has been declared free of Ebola transmission, according to health officials, making it the second West African nation to have successfully contained the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,500 and continues to spread elsewhere in the region.
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CVS has a plan to strong-arm other pharmacies out of selling cigarettes
Vox | October 20, 2014
Early last month, CVS became the first major pharmacy chain to halt the sales of tobacco products. At its 7,700 pharmacies across the country, cigarette sales are now a thing of the past. You can think of that as phase one of the CVS war on tobacco. Today, the pharmacy chain announced phase two:...
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43 declared safe from Ebola risk after active monitoring
By Adam Rubenfire | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Forty-three people in Texas who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient, are no longer at risk for developing the disease.
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