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April 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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Reform Update: States that did not expand Medicaid may see higher premiums, industry experts say
By Virgil Dickson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some industry experts are warning that states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could see higher insurance premiums next year as hospitals continue to shift the costs of uncompensated care to private insurers.
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Vital Signs
HCA shows interest in Australia's Healthscope
By Beth Kutscher | April 22, 2014
HCA, the largest U.S. hospital chain by revenue, is considering a bid for Australian hospital company Healthscope, according to media reports.The Nashville-based hospital operator has tapped Deutsche Bank as its financial adviser, the reports said, citing sources familiar with the situation.
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Heartbleed hasn't shaken healthcare software development methods
By Joseph Conn | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Open-source software development is retaining the support of many healthcare information technology users, developers and security professionals despite the recent issues raised by the discovery of the Heartbleed vulnerability.
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FDA plan would speed up medical device approvals
By Associated Press | April 22, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.
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Calif. health exchange promotes market competition, even with dominant players
By Paul Demko | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Four insurers accounted for nearly 95% of the 1.4 million health plans selected by customers on California's insurance exchange during the recently concluded open-enrollment period, but despite that concentration, experts say the exchange increased competition in individual markets around the state.
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Government should back money-saving medical devices, drug development: study
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Government should promote the development of new medical devices and medications that provide more value and so help reduce overall healthcare costs, according to a new study funded by the RAND Corp.
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Nebraska governor vetoes nurse practitioner regulation bill
By Associated Press | April 22, 2014
Nurse practitioners will still need to collaborate with physicians in order to practice in Nebraska, after the governor vetoed a bill that would have changed state regulations.
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Medicare chief Jonathan Blum leaving Obama administration
By Paul Demko | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Obama administration's top Medicare official is stepping down from his post. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has been with the agency for more than five years.
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Operating expenses, acquisitions keep HealthStream earnings flat
By Rachel Landen | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HealthStream's revenue for the first three months of 2014 benefited from increased subscriber use of ICD-10 training products but increased operating expenses and acquisition costs kept earnings flat, the Nashville-based company reported Monday.
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Cleveland Clinic opens up to Chinese herbs as medicines
By Wall Street Journal | April 22, 2014
The Cleveland Clinic, one of the country's top hospitals, has opened a therapy center for the dispensing of herbs, a practice that is well-established in China and other Eastern countries but has yet to make inroads in the U.S. because of a lack of evidence proving their effectiveness.
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FTC wins appeal in ProMedica case
By Joe Carlson | April 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Federal Trade Commission extended its recent winning streak in healthcare cases Tuesday when a federal appeals court agreed that a 2010 hospital acquisition by Ohio's ProMedica system was illegal.
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Novartis, GSK, Lilly in multibillion-dollar deals
By Associated Press | April 22, 2014
Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.
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CMS searching for small biz vendors for next HealthCare.gov contract
By Virgil Dickson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS is in the early stages of determining if a smaller vendor could take over HealthCare.gov when Accenture’s one-year contract expires.
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Reform Update: Patients often seek care outside of their ACOs, research shows
By Melanie Evans | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medicare accountable care organizations may find the incentive to manage healthcare quality and cost very weak. New research suggests patients frequently seek care outside of the ACOs they're assigned to, and many do not stay within the same ACO from one year to the next.
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Colorado center will offer treatments targeted by patient DNA
By Andis Robeznieks | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Four Colorado healthcare organizations planning a $63 million Center for Personalized Medicine aim to use patients' DNA to predict their risk of disease and develop targeted treatments based on the genetic information.
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Sebelius’ Enroll America fundraising limited to two calls: GAO
By Paul Demko | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising efforts on behalf of a not-for-profit group leading Obamacare enrollment efforts were limited to two previously disclosed phone calls, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.
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Healthways to pay $9.4M to Minn. Blues over telehealth feud
By Steven Ross Johnson | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tennessee-based health services firm Healthways has agreed to pay $9.4 million to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to resolve a contract dispute regarding telehealth services, the company announced last week.
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Mednax acquires Anesthesia Associates in Virginia
By Rachel Landen | April 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Mednax, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced its acquisition Monday of Fredericksburg (Va.) Anesthesia Associates, the third Virginia-based anesthesia practice to join the national medical group's American Anesthesiology division.
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Vital Signs
More patients chose specialists over primary-care docs in 2013
By Andis Robeznieks | April 21, 2014
It was probably just a matter of time before it happened, but 2013 may have marked the first year that office visits to specialty physicians outnumbered office visits to primary-care doctors.
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New Michigan rules seek to tighten doctor discipline
By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business | April 21, 2014
New state regulations that take effect July 1 aim to eliminate the ability of chairmen of the Michigan Board of Medicine and 26 other health-licensing boards to unilaterally end investigations of physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
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Millions slip into Obamacare 'coverage gap'
By CNNMoney.com | April 21, 2014
About 8 million people have signed up for Year 1 of Obamacare, but millions of others are still falling into the law's "coverage gap." They earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet don't make enough to get federal subsidies to buy private insurance on an Affordable Care Act exchange.
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