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Send nominations for Excellence in Governance Award
Modern Healthcare | October 30, 2014
Modern Healthcare is now accepting nominations for its inaugural Excellence in Governance awards for 2015.
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Tell us what you think
October 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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Will the Supreme Court accept the Obamacare subsidy challenge Friday?
By Lisa Schencker | October 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
If the justices agree to take the case, it could introduce an unexpected issue into next Tuesday's elections over the future viability of the healthcare reform law.
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McKesson sees rebound in acquisition, gains from hep C drug distribution
By Rachel Landen | October 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
McKesson Corp.'s earnings rebounded during the second quarter of its fiscal year as its Celesio acquisition and growth in market share helped the San Francisco-based company realize $469 million in net income. Being an authorized distributor of Sovaldi likely helped as well.
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Q&A: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear on Medicaid, reform
Modern Healthcare | October 29, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear discusses how Medicaid expansion has affected local hospitals, what Democrats need to do to improve public perceptions about the healthcare law and the potential impact of Republicans winning control of the U.S. Senate.
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Providers should focus on health IT safety, CHIME speakers advise
By Darius Tahir | October 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Providers should plan to demonstrate patient-safety benefits attributable to their increasing use of healthcare technology, said experts at a panel at the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives fall meeting in San Antonio.
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WellPoint raises outlook as Medicaid enrollment booms
By Bob Herman | October 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Despite a drop in year-over-year profit, health insurer WellPoint bumped up its earnings guidance for the rest of the year, and Medicaid was a major growth engine.
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Hagel approves 21-day Ebola quarantine for troops
Associated Press | October 29, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday approved a recommendation by military leaders that all U.S. troops returning from Ebola response missions in West Africa be kept in supervised isolation for 21 days.
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Methodist Le Bonheur sees surplus plunge as patient mix changes
By Beth Kutscher | October 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn., reported a 47.7% year-over-year decrease in its operating surplus for the first nine months of 2014 as it booked lower revenue per patient, despite higher outpatient volume.
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Magellan Health attributes quarterly earnings drop to ACA-related fee
By Virgil Dickson | October 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Magellan Health experienced a more than 40% drop in net income during the third quarter that ended Sept. 30, attributable to a higher tax rate that resulted from the health insurance fee outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Avon, Conn.-based healthcare management company...
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Healthways sees improved Q3 results, lags for year-to-date
By Melanie Evans | October 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Disease-management company Healthways, Franklin, Tenn., ended the third quarter with higher revenue and income compared with the same three months a year ago, but performance for the first nine months of the year continues to lag behind 2013.
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Bellevue workers face Ebola stigma outside hospital
New York Times | October 29, 2014
As Bellevue Hospital Center goes into its seventh day of treating Dr. Craig Spencer, who had worked with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea, some of its employees are feeling stigmatized—a harsh consequence of being the first hospital in the city to deal with an outbreak that has killed about...
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Vital Signs
HHS contraceptive workaround isn't making either side happy
By Virgil Dickson | October 28, 2014
The controversy about how to provide contraception coverage to women employed by companies that hold religious objections to such coverage was evident in comments filed regarding a proposed HHS workaround that encompassed rules for such companies and for religious organizations. The comment period...
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Which states have the strictest Ebola quarantine policies?
Modern Healthcare | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regardless of the CDC's new guidelines, each state has the power to set its own policy on Ebola quarantines, and a few have settled on stricter approaches. Here's a map of the policies announced so far.
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Temple confirms its tough FY2014, sees brighter times ahead
By Adam Rubenfire | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Temple University Health System, a three-hospital academic medical center in northern Philadelphia, confirmed Tuesday in audited results what it had reported in its unaudited financials released last month—an operating loss for its fiscal 2014, the result of decreasing patient volumes and...
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HCA has solid Q3, downplays benefits from ACA
By Beth Kutscher | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HCA, the country's largest hospital chain by revenue, reported a 41.9% increase in net income in the third quarter on higher revenue, prompting it to raise earnings projections for the full year.
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Coming Medicaid plan rules will set new access standards
By Virgil Dickson | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
CMS officials say they're on track for a January 2015 release of sweeping new Medicaid managed-care regulations intended to ensure that beneficiaries get timely access to care and better integration of services.
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Hospitals secure better prices on hip-implant components
By Jaimy Lee | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals paid about 16% less for one component of a hip implant than they did a year ago as healthcare providers negotiated better prices on medical implants and other types of physician preference items, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.
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Expansion costs hurt HealthSouth's bottom line
By Beth Kutscher | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HealthSouth Corp., the Birmingham, Ala.-based operator of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, reported a 7.6% decrease in net income in the third quarter as it incurred startup costs associated with new facilities.
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Hospital Sisters Health System's operating margin sinks
By Bob Herman | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospital Sisters Health System, a 13-hospital network headquartered in Springfield, Ill., barely kept its head above water in its most recent fiscal year as declining admissions and rising expenses ate away at revenue.
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Rising Medicaid enrollment boosts Centene's profit, revenue
By Bob Herman | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Centene Corp. registered sizable top- and bottom-line growth in the third quarter. The managed-care company is benefiting directly from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and executives believe profitability will remain high through the rest of this year and beyond.
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Dallas nurse who had Ebola is released from hospital
Associated Press | October 28, 2014
A nurse who fueled Ebola fears by flying to Cleveland after being infected by her dying patient was released Tuesday from a hospital isolation unit, where doctors defended her as a courageous front-line caregiver.
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Aetna boosts profit projections for third straight quarter
By Paul Demko | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aetna's profits exceeded expectations in the third quarter, with enrollment growth and higher margins on its government business boosting earnings.
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Optum to buy care management, tech firm Alere Health for $600 million
By Bob Herman | October 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare consulting and technology firm Optum is on the acquisition trail again, this time agreeing to buy a care-monitoring company for $600 million in an all-cash transaction.
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Expectations high for health insurers' Q3 results, thanks to ACA
By Bob Herman | October 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Upcoming third-quarter earnings reports for many of the nation's publicly traded health insurers will offer a further glimpse into how many patients are seeing providers and how the new public exchanges are affecting business strategies. Financially, expect higher earnings for the group, analysts...
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Vital Signs
High-deductible health plans may be spurring questionable new provider charges
By Bob Herman | October 27, 2014
Patients long have been positioned uncomfortably between healthcare providers and insurers when payment is due for services. A new article by Elisabeth Rosenthal in The New York Times highlights a growing issue in how providers are collecting payments at the point of service.
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Merck sees weaker Q3 on divestitures, hepatitis drug competition
By Jaimy Lee | October 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Merck & Co. sales fell 4% to $10.5 billion in the third quarter and profit tumbled 20% as the Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based drugmaker faced declining sales of some of its top-selling drugs and the loss of market exclusivity for others, the company reported.
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Speculation swirls around what happens if federal subsidies go away
By Lisa Schencker | October 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
New language in contracts between the CMS and insurers operating on HealthCare.gov is grabbing attention, with some calling it an admission by the government that it might lose upcoming court battles dealing with insurance subsidies on the health portal and others saying the new wording is just a...
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Flu-shot supply dented by production woes
Wall Street Journal | October 27, 2014
Some influenza-vaccine makers have delayed shipments to U.S. doctors and pharmacies because of production problems, forcing healthcare providers to put off vaccinations as flu season gets underway.
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Red Cross to use text messaging to take down Ebola
NPR | October 27, 2014
In Sierra Leone, cellphone users are as likely to get a text about handwashing as about a social gathering. In an effort to contain Ebola, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has teamed up with local cellphone provider Airtel and the Sierra Leonean government to...
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Tillis reverses course on N.C. Medicaid expansion
By Paul Demko | October 27, 2014
Thom Tillis left little doubt about his opposition to expanding Medicaid in North Carolina during a hard-fought Republican primary. The state House Speaker ran an ad boasting of his efforts to block expansion to households with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty threshold. But last week,...
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Latest motion filed in four-year Georgia hospital divestiture battle
By Lisa Schencker | October 27, 2014
Phoebe Putney Health System filed a motion last week seeking to halt the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to force it to give up one of its hospitals until after the state of Georgia makes a decision about whether certain state laws might prevent such a move.
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Hospitals revamp infection control amid Ebola scare
By Sabriya Rice | October 27, 2014
Experts say training and education efforts surging in response to Ebola may lead hospitals to revamp protocols and be more prepared for other infectious diseases in the future.
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Ebola spurs higher demand for infection-control products
By Beth Kutscher | October 27, 2014
As the threat of Ebola looms larger for U.S. hospitals, suppliers of new infection control products and technology are finding a more receptive audience.
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Video | Dr. Atul Gawande on healthcare and dying
Modern Healthcare | October 27, 2014
In his new book, Dr. Atul Gawande explores the troublesome intersection of dying and healthcare in America.
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October 27, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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