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Drug spending tops $1 trillion on hepatitis C, cancer therapies

By Reuters  |  November 20, 2014

Global pharmaceutical spending will break the trillion dollar mark in 2014, driven by high prices in the U.S.for novel treatments such as Gilead Sciences' Sovaldi for hepatitis C and new cancer drugs, according to a study released on Thursday.

Traveler from Mali being evaluated for Ebola in New York

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 20, 2014

A patient who traveled to the U.S. from the West African nation of Mali and has shown Ebola-related symptoms has been transported to New York City's Bellevue Hospital and placed in isolation.

Cognizant closes on $2.7 billion TriZetto acquisition

By Joseph Conn  |  November 20, 2014

Cognizant, the Teaneck N.J.-based global technology, consulting and business-process outsourcing company, has closed on its purchase of TriZetto Corp., Englewood, Colo., a provider of information technology systems and services to health plans and third-party benefits administrators.

Look for higher deductibles on most popular Obamacare plans

By Bob Herman  |  November 20, 2014

Individuals and families looking for a federal health plan with low premiums may likely face annual deductibles averaging thousands of dollars, according to a new analysis of health plans sold on for 2015.

A worry in theory, health data privacy draws a yawn in practice

By NPR  |  November 20, 2014

When it comes to health records, how concerned are Americans about what happens to their personal information? Responses to a poll conducted by NPR and Truven Health Analytics showed that, in general, worries don't run very high.

Data Points | Veterans healthcare

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 20, 2014

How many doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers is the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department trying to hire? See the answer and other healthcare numbers in the news.

Kindred prices new offerings to fund Gentiva deal

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 20, 2014

Kindred Healthcare shares recorded heavy volume Thursday as the company priced two public offerings that will help fund its takeover of Gentiva Health Services.

Here's why healthcare should be talking about net neutrality

By Darius Tahir  |  November 19, 2014

The techie term “net neutrality” likely isn't in the daily lexicon of most senior healthcare executives. But it should be, and soon, argue those in healthcare technology who have been following the topic.

CMS names first chief data officer

By Joseph Conn  |  November 19, 2014

The CMS has named Niall Brennan as essentially its first Big Data czar. He will head the new Office of Enterprise Data and Analytics at the CMS.

Insurers draw heat for error-riddled provider directories

By Bob Herman  |  November 19, 2014

A ruling in California that two major health insurers failed to give consumers accurate information about providers participating in their plan networks could force others in the industry to quickly improve their protocols.

Study shows promise and pitfalls of clinical decision support

By Darius Tahir  |  November 19, 2014

Information technology is supposed to help healthcare providers make better decisions. But a study published this month in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows both the promise and the drawbacks of harnessing software to improve clinical decisions.

Deal by Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raises cash and some concern

By New York Times  |  November 19, 2014

About 15 years ago, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation made what was considered a risky foray for a not-for-profit organization into the world of business. It began giving money to a small biotechnology company to entice it to develop drugs for the disease. But that funding has now paid off enormously.

Mass. AG seeks to negotiate over hospital closure

By Boston Globe  |  November 19, 2014

Steward Health Care System has agreed to keep the struggling Quincy Medical Center open as late as Feb. 4 to comply with a state law that requires hospitals to give 90 days’ notice and hold a public hearing before closing.

Pallone picked for key role on House healthcare committee

By Paul Demko  |  November 19, 2014

Rep. Frank Pallone has prevailed in a tightly contested race for the top Democratic slot on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, which has principal authority over healthcare legislation. The ranking member will play a crucial role in any efforts to amend or replace the ACA.

CHE Trinity Health's new name: Trinity Health

By Melanie Evans  |  November 19, 2014

The rebranded health system created by the 2013 merger of Catholic Health East and Trinity Health will focus its strategy through 2020 on physician engagement and population health, seeking to leverage its expansive operations.

Siemens CEO seeks to calm software users

By Joseph Conn  |  November 18, 2014

With the acquisition by Cerner Corp. of the electronic health-record system and other parts of the health services business unit of Siemens Healthcare moving ahead, it's likely at least some Siemens healthcare customers are worrying about the future of Siemens' Soarian line of EHR software.

Obama urged to include healthcare in immigration end-run

By Paul Demko  |  November 18, 2014

President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order as soon as this week that would freeze deportations for up to 5 million immigrants living in the country illegally, but they're likely to remain ineligible for Medicaid coverage and exchange subsidies.

Aspirin, shampoo, Humana bill: CVS accepting insurance payments

By Bob Herman  |  November 18, 2014

National health insurer Humana said Tuesday that policyholders who have bought its health plans on a federal or state insurance exchange or through its website can now pay their monthly premiums at any CVS Health store.

New Dallas hospital set to open on Dec. 6

By Andis Robeznieks  |  November 18, 2014

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center's $800 million William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital is set to open Dec. 6, sporting a flexible approach to design that provides space for research, education and, of course, patient care while incorporating new technology as well.

Medtronic reports lower earnings as Covidien deal moves to close in '15

By Jaimy Lee  |  November 18, 2014

Medtronic, a Minneapolis-based medical-device manufacturer, said profits fell again in the second quarter of its fiscal 2015, reporting an 8.2% drop in net earnings to $828 million. One-time events, such as charges for a pending major acquisition, accounted for the decline, the company contended.

Prime adds to buying streak with CHS hospital in Texas

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 18, 2014

Prime Healthcare Services has entered into a deal to buy another hospital from Community Health Systems, the second this month. The Ontario, Calif.-based chain will buy 85-bed Dallas Regional Medical Center in Mesquite, Texas.

Providers see the digital future and, mostly, know it's theirs

By Darius Tahir  |  November 18, 2014

Healthcare professionals are moving to a digital health future but with some major obstacles in their way, according to results of a survey of 1,000 doctors, nurses and other providers released Tuesday by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Can MedPAC make the two-midnight rule go away?

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 18, 2014

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is mulling trying to solve the conundrum posed by the widely panned “two-midnight rule” by eliminating the outpatient observation claims that gave rise to it.

Guest commentary: Preparing for Ebola—and the media onslaught

By Mark Bernheimer  |  November 18, 2014

For the vast majority of U.S. hospitals, Ebola is still hypothetical. But the potential of seeing a confirmed case is now real enough that no hospital, regardless of location, can afford to put off preparation. While most of the attention has been focused on isolation protocols and personal...

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans with diabetes don't know it: study

By Health Day  |  November 18, 2014

Almost 8 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it, a new study shows. That's despite the fact that about two-thirds of those with undiagnosed diabetes have seen a doctor two or more times in the past year, according to the researchers.

Exchange websites suffer blips, but no train wrecks

By Darius Tahir  |  November 17, 2014

The state and federal websites for health insurance enrollment faced minor hiccups this weekend as the healthcare reform law's online marketplaces kicked off open enrollment for the second year of coverage.

Doctor's Ebola death underscores deadly nature of disease

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  November 17, 2014

The Ebola-related death on Monday of a surgeon from Sierra Leone at a Nebraska hospital should serve as a painful reminder of the deadly nature of the disease even under the best circumstances.

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