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July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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Anti-cancer forces cheer $23B verdict against tobacco giant
By Sabriya Rice | July 21, 2014
Tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. suffered another legal setback last week when a Florida court awarded $23 billion in damages to the family of a man who died of lung cancer following years of smoking cigarettes.
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Big data helps unlock rare disease's secret, but cost could remain issue
By Darius Tahir | July 21, 2014
Seth Mnookin has received a lot of attention, and justly so, for his article in this week's New Yorker on rare genetic diseases. The piece is an illustration of effects, some good, some not so good, that digital health will have on healthcare.
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Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million to settle suits over pelvic exam photos
By Associated Press | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A "rogue" gynecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday.
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Osteopathic association votes for advanced billing estimates for patients
By Andis Robeznieks | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Osteopathic Association is advocating for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to give patients an advance estimate of what their total costs will be for scheduled procedures. The association also wants that estimate to include whether ancillary fees for laboratory, imaging and...
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Reform Update: Narrow insurance networks under ACA depressing physician pay
By Andis Robeznieks | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The physician pay landscape has flattened out, and healthcare reform may be a primary cause.
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Bottom-line ACA gains starting to show in hospital financials, Zacks says
By John N. Frank | July 21, 2014
Happy days are here, financially, for hospitals thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, says Zacks Investment research in a recent blog post.
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Tufts improves finances in third quarter by managing expenses
By Beth Kutscher | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Tufts Medical Center improved its financial performance in the third quarter of its fiscal year thanks to higher outpatient volume and tightly managing its expenses, the Boston-based hospital reported.
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Skogsbergh voted AHA's chair-elect
By Bob Herman | July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Jim Skogsbergh, CEO of Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care, will be the next chair-elect of the American Hospital Association.
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Big data peeps at your medical records to find drug problems
By NPR | July 21, 2014
No one likes it when a new drug in people's medicine cabinets turns out to have problems—just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen...
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Statistics show progress on patient safety
July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears”: Show me the data.
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Deadline nearing for Up & Comer nominations
By Modern Healthcare | July 21, 2014
The nomination deadline is approaching for Modern Healthcare's 28th annual Up & Comers recognition program. The program is sponsored by Witt/Kieffer, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based executive search firm.
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Samitt to leave DaVita
By Bob Herman | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Craig Samitt, CEO of HealthCare Partners, the Torrance, Calif.-based division of DaVita HealthCare Partners, will step down on Aug. 1. DaVita CEO Kent Thiry will assume responsibility for the division, the company said.
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Patient safety is improving, has changed from 15 years ago, hospital groups contend
By Sabriya Rice | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Groups representing U.S. hospitals took issue with statements made at a recent Senate hearing that patient safety has not improved in the past 15 years. The hearing did not paint a clear picture of the improvements that have been made to address preventable harms, such as wrong-site surgeries and...
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Reform Update: AHA takes political action committee funds straight to voters
By Paul Demko | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The American Hospital Association's political action committee is spending large sums on TV commercials that back congressional Republican incumbents who have been friendly to the hospital industry, in hopes of fending off more-conservative challengers who take a harder line on government...
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Four private-equity firms seen as possible Gentiva suitors
By Bob Herman | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Gentiva Health Services' mystery white knight bidder is likely a private-equity firm, analysts agree. GTCR, Cressey & Co., Formation Capital, and even Wall Street powerhouse Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. are among the leading candidates pinpointed by analysts as likely to be willing to pay roughly...
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Docs say Medicare's proposed rates for heart procedure would limit access
By Virgil Dickson | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cardiac surgeons and medical societies are asking the CMS to reconsider proposed payment rates for implanting Abbott's MitraClip, a device that treats a debilitating heart condition.
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ONC tells House committee it has IT safety center authority
By Darius Tahir | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is defending its right to create a health IT safety center, in a response sent this week to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which had questioned its authority to do so.
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Dignity Health to pay feds $1.55 million for lost opioids
By Bob Herman | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dignity Health, San Francisco, agreed Wednesday to pay $1.55 million to resolve claims it mishandled controlled substances.
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Athenahealth narrows loss in second quarter, sees growth ahead
By Darius Tahir | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Cloud-based EHR firm Athenahealth's second quarter was a strong rebound from a disappointing first, with a net loss of $2.2 million compared with a loss of $8.1 million in the first quarter.
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AbbVie, Shire agree on $55B combination
By Associated Press | July 18, 2014
The drugmaker AbbVie has reached a deal worth roughly $55 billion to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from tax rates back home.
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N.Y. Medicaid covering post-birth contraceptives
By Associated Press | July 18, 2014
Emboldened and incensed by the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision limiting certain contraceptive coverage in the private sector, New York health officials moved forward Thursday with a plan to provide contraceptive devices to low-income women who don't want to get pregnant soon after giving birth.
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Patients' burden growing under reform
July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Note to doctors worried about getting paid: ACA includes cost-sharing subsidies, too”: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act shifts more risk onto the patient's back. That's no preconceived notion.
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Top AIDS researchers among dead on downed Malaysian jet
By Associated Press | July 18, 2014
Researchers and activists heading to an AIDS conference in Australia were on the Malaysian jetliner shot down over Ukraine, news that sparked an outpouring of grief across the scientific community.
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