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N.Y. patient now fourth Ebola case diagnosed in U.S., preliminary test shows
By Adam Rubenfire and John N. Frank | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A doctor in New York is now the first Ebola case in the country's largest city, according to results of a preliminary test done Thursday. He is the fourth confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and the first outside Texas where patient one, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the disease earlier...
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DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team
By Joseph Conn and Darius Tahir | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern Healthcare.
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Medicaid managed-care enrollment expected to soar
By Virgil Dickson | October 23, 2014
Thanks to Medicaid expansion and a greater push from some conservative states looking to reduce healthcare costs, enrollment of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries in managed care will increase by 13.5 million by 2016, according to a new report from consulting firm...
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USC to invest in surgery centers with for-profit partner
By Bob Herman | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California, an academic medical center based in Los Angeles, has agreed to develop a network of ambulatory surgery centers throughout the area with Surgical Care Affiliates, a publicly traded operator of surgical centers.
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Reform Update: Hospitals attack insurance 'skinny plans' as too thin
By Bob Herman | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Some employers are building health insurance policies that are technically compliant with the healthcare reform law, yet don't include coverage of inpatient hospital services. Backers of such plans contend that some coverage is better than none, especially for workers in business sectors that...
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340B hospitals protest Genentech's cancer-drug distribution plan
By Jaimy Lee | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A group of hospitals that participate in the federal 340B drug-discount program have joined the debate about Genentech's decision to distribute three of its most expensive and commonly used cancer drugs through specialty distributors rather than standard wholesalers.
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CMS launches $840 million initiative to accelerate care transformation
By Melanie Evans | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The CMS Innovation Center will spend $840 million in coming years to help doctors and hospitals do more to teach each other how to improve quality and cut wasteful practices.
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Botched U.S. Ebola diagnosis points to computer, human errors
By Joseph Conn | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Errors by healthcare workers and the computer tools they used all contributed to the initial misdiagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan when he first came to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in late September, a new report argues.
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Quest Diagnostics sees Q3 earnings slip despite rise in revenue
By Jaimy Lee | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Quest Diagnostics, the nation's largest provider of laboratory services, said sales rose 6.5% to $1.9 billion in its third quarter, but quarterly net income fell again because of restructuring and integration costs and an expense-reduction plan.
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Hospitalist firm IPC fails to meet analyst Q3 expectations
By Beth Kutscher | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
IPC-the Hospitalist Co., a physician staffing firm, reported a 5% decrease in net income for the third quarter as expenses related to compensation and recruiting outpaced an increase in revenue.
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Texas Health reports Ebola-related patient decline, lower Q3 revenue
By Beth Kutscher | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources, which has seen its reputation injured for failing to recognize the country's first Ebola patient and prevent the disease's spread to two of its healthcare workers, took a financial hit from the incident as patients shied away from its Dallas hospital in October, its latest...
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Miami PA gets 15 years in Medicare fraud case
By Lisa Schencker | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A Miami physician assistant was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison for his role in a $200 million Medicare fraud case, even though his attorney argued he was not a central figure in the scheme.
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DaVita HealthCare Partners acquires Colorado Springs practice
By Adam Rubenfire | October 23, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
DaVita HealthCare Partners announced Wednesday that it will acquire multispecialty group practice Colorado Springs (Colo.) Health Partners. The deal, DaVita's first purchase of a practice in its home state of Colorado, will add 100 physicians and 11 locations to the Denver-based company's system of...
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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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Vital Signs
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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Vital Signs
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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Vital Signs
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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