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Final days for 100 Most Influential nominations
By Modern Healthcare | April 18, 2014
The ability to successfully manage change is an indispensible and definitive leadership attribute in all sectors of healthcare.
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April 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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Hospitals oppose cuts to outpatient surgery rates
By Joe Carlson | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pressure is mounting in Washington to cut Medicare's rates for hospital outpatient surgeries, even though government prices already fail to cover hospitals' costs.
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ACA enrollment tops 8 million, Obama says
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Enrollment in health plans sold on Obamacare's insurance exchanges has reached 8 million, and 35% of those who signed up through HealthCare.gov are under the age of 35, President Barack Obama said Thursday.
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Reform Update: Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Health insurers appear to be increasingly bullish on the fledgling state and federal exchanges, in spite of disastrous rollouts in many of the online marketplaces last fall. Mounting evidence suggests more health plans are poised to compete for exchange business during the 2015 open-enrollment...
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Diabetes complications have plunged since 1990: CDC
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Substantial declines have occurred during the past 20 years in the rates of five major diabetes-related complications, with the biggest drops seen in cardiovascular events, the CDC says in a new report.
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UnitedHealth to expand exchange presence as profits dip
By Paul Demko | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest insurer, plans to expand its presence in the state and federal exchange marketplaces in 2015.
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Most laboratory errors happen outside the lab, ECRI report finds
By Sabriya Rice | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Laboratory errors don't necessarily originate in the lab itself, contrary to what many hospitals might think, according to a new ECRI Institute patient-safety report studying the impact of lab-testing errors in the clinical setting.
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U.S. judge overturns North Dakota's 6-week abortion ban
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
A federal judge on Wednesday overturned a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy and before many women know they're pregnant.
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Cancer doctors plan to compare value of expensive drugs
By Bloomberg | April 17, 2014
The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.
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FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure
By Associated Press | April 17, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.
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Inpatient psych quality data added to Hospital Compare
By John N. Frank | April 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Data on four quality measures for inpatient psychiatric facilities will be available effective today at the CMS' consumer-facing website Hospital Compare.
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Final days for 100 Most Influential nominations
By Modern Healthcare | April 17, 2014
The ability to successfully manage change is an indispensible and definitive leadership attribute in all sectors of healthcare.
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Reform Update: Uptick hinted in healthcare use, spending
By Melanie Evans | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Recent indicators provide increasing evidence that health spending may be accelerating, even before millions of Americans newly insured through the federal and state insurance exchanges and Medicaid expansion start their healthcare shopping. Signs point to a rebound in healthcare use, which has...
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Uninsured rate drops faster in states friendly to Obamacare
By Paul Demko | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
States that have embraced the federal healthcare law are seeing significantly sharper reductions in the rate of individuals lacking health insurance than are states that are not implementing key provisions of the law, according to a Gallup survey.
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1 in 5 healthcare workers share passwords, survey warns
By Joseph Conn | April 16, 2014
More than 1 in 5 healthcare workers share their passwords with colleagues, a security no-no, but healthcare security pros can take some solace that such risky business is no worse in their industry than some others.
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Massachusetts cannot ban FDA-approved painkiller, judge rules
By Washington Post | April 16, 2014
A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an effort by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to ban sales of a controversial new painkiller in the state, saying the governor's move was pre-empted by federal law and could harm people who need the drug for pain relief.
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Coalition urges CMS to promptly set new ICD-10 deadline
By Joseph Conn | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A coalition of healthcare organizations has called on the head of the CMS to quickly adopt a new compliance date for the nationwide adoption of the ICD-10 diagnostic and procedural codes.
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Play examines tragic surgery from patient, doctor perspectives
By Andis Robeznieks | April 16, 2014
“Lady from Limerick,” a play revolving around a tragic surgery and being performed in a 60-seat New York theater, is attracting an audience that includes doctors, lawyers, insurance company representatives and patient advocates.
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Price transparency needed from all stakeholders, HFMA task force says
By Rachel Landen | April 16, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on healthcare price information for patients who want to make more informed decisions about their healthcare. But government and employers should also help consumers understand healthcare prices, according to a report released today by...
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Final days for 100 Most Influential nominations
By Modern Healthcare | April 16, 2014
The ability to successfully manage change is an indispensible and definitive leadership attribute in all sectors of healthcare.
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J&J's Q1 profit up 8% on sales jump, lower costs
By Associated Press | April 16, 2014
A turnaround in Johnson & Johnson's prescription medicine business fueled by new drugs, combined with reduced production and administration expenses, lifted first-quarter profit by 8%.
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Review continues for troubled Johns Hopkins’ black lung program
By Sabriya Rice | April 15, 2014
A review of Johns Hopkins University's black lung program is ongoing, the university said Tuesday, adding that it has no new information about the program, which was suspended last year after an investigative report by Chris Hamby of the Center for Public Integrity.
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AHA lawsuit over 'two-midnight' rule called uphill battle
By Joe Carlson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
No matter how strong their legal arguments, hospitals will have a tough time convincing judges to overturn Medicare's controversial new rules on classifying inpatients, some legal experts say.
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Reform Update: Pharmacists call for delay on new Medicaid generic reimbursement rates
By Virgil Dickson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pharmacists and drug manufacturers are pushing the CMS for a one-year transition period before states attempt to implement a new formula mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will significantly trim Medicaid reimbursement rates for generic drugs.
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Health spending up after years of 'self-rationing,' report finds
By Andis Robeznieks | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patients are returning to the healthcare system after “several years of self-rationing,” as reflected in a 3.2% increase in 2013 prescription-drug expenditures to $329.2 billion, according to a new report.
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Tax preparers' new role: Health-coverage advisers
By New York Times | April 15, 2014
Iris I. Burnell, an adviser at Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, has prepared scores of returns in the last few months, as she does every year ahead of the April 15 filing deadline. But many of her consultations this year have also included educating clients about the tax implications of the Affordable...
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DeSalvo foresees ONC evolution to interoperable future
By Joseph Conn | April 15, 2014
Dr. Karen DeSalvo is a woman in transition. As the fifth head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, just four months into the job, she will oversee the winding down of many programs started and run by her two predecessors.
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Truven Health Analytics acquires Simpler Consulting
By Joseph Conn | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Truven Health Analytics, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based healthcare data analytics firm, has acquired Simpler Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in Lean process and management improvement approaches, for undisclosed terms, the companies announced.
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Feds extend funds to Fla. hospitals for one more year
By Associated Press | April 15, 2014
Federal health officials have agreed to funnel $2 billion to Florida hospitals and providers that serve uninsured patients for another year.
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Hospital, doctor prices rise in March
By Melanie Evans | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Prices for inpatient hospital care accelerated slightly more rapidly last month than prices for outpatient services, as the overall Consumer Price Index for hospitals increased 0.8%.
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Final days for 100 Most Influential nominations
By Modern Healthcare | April 15, 2014
The ability to successfully manage change is an indispensible and definitive leadership attribute in all sectors of healthcare.
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Final days for 100 Most Influential nominations
By Modern Healthcare | April 14, 2014
The ability to successfully manage change is an indispensible and definitive leadership attribute in all sectors of healthcare.
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ACA cost estimate cut by $104B over next decade
By Paul Demko | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Obamacare is expected to cost $104 billion less than previously anticipated for the period 2015-24, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office. That's in part because premiums on plans purchased through the state and federal exchanges are expected to be lower than prior...
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Catholic Health Services unit sees 2013 drop in operating surplus as expenses rise
By Rachel Landen | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Catholic Health Services of Long Island reported a significant drop in its operating surplus for 2013, despite a slight increase in patient-services revenue for the fiscal year. Rising expenses outpaced increasing revenue for the year, causing the surplus drop.
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Reform Update: Obamacare will boost malpractice claims, RAND study says
By Paul Demko | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The healthcare reform law will reduce liability payouts by insurers for auto and workers' compensation claims by nearly $1.7 billion annually while increasing medical malpractice claims by $120 million a year, according to a new study released by the RAND Institute for Civil Justice.
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N.Y. gets final terms for $8B Medicaid waiver
By Associated Press | April 14, 2014
New York and federal officials report final agreement allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over the next five years.
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Tax credit extension sought to aid rural providers
By Beth Kutscher | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Advocates are trying to persuade Congress to permanently extend a tax incentive program that helps small and rural healthcare providers obtain financing for building and expansion projects.
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