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HHS reports 'solid' start to open enrollment

By Paul Demko  |  November 26, 2014

Nearly half a million people signed up for health plans through the federal exchange during the first week of the open-enrollment period, and applicants were almost evenly split between those signing up for coverage through for the first time and returning customers.

N.M. med society president-elect suspended over alleged misconduct

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 26, 2014

An OB-GYN who is the president-elect of the New Mexico Medical Society has had his license suspended by the state's medical board for several alleged offenses, including drinking on the job and leaving a birthing mother unattended while having sex with another patient.

Billionaires see potential in healthcare stocks

By Bob Herman  |  November 26, 2014

Healthcare stocks are attracting the big-money crowd, a sign that serious investors think there's money to be made in the sector, according to one tracker of where billionaires invest.

Do employee wellness programs work? Studies say no … and yes

By Bob Herman  |  November 26, 2014

A pre-Thanksgiving clash emerged between healthcare experts who believe wellness programs sponsored by employers offer long-term savings and create a healthier workforce, and those who think such programs provide no value whatsoever.

Insurers say they can't help dual-eligibles if they can't find them

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 26, 2014

Bad contact and demographic information for people dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid is complicating demonstration programs intended to coordinate and improve the quality of their care, according to insurers participating in the program.

Lawsuit alleges illegal billing at Las Vegas hospice

By Lisa Schencker  |  November 26, 2014

A Las Vegas hospice illegally billed Medicare and Medicaid for patients who were not terminally ill, the U.S. Justice Department and the state of Nevada allege in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

CMS considers coverage of dual testing for cervical cancer

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 26, 2014

The CMS has decided to follow the American Academy of Family Physicians' suggestion that it begin a national coverage analysis to determine if the agency should pay for women to get a combination Pap smear and HPV test every five years to screen for cervical cancer.

Holiday note, weekend news reminder

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 26, 2014

The Daily Dose will not be published Thursday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 28, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Dose will resume publication on Monday, Dec. 1.

Advanced EMS may not be best for cardiac-arrest patients

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 25, 2014

Patients in cardiac arrest may be better off riding to the hospital in an ambulance without advanced life support services. A new study finds that cardiac patients who received advanced care from paramedics had lower survival rates and worse clinical outcomes at substantially higher costs.

Trinity's surplus boosted by increased volume, completed integration

By Beth Kutscher  |  November 25, 2014

Trinity Health, the system formerly known as CHE Trinity, reported a first-quarter operating surplus that was 56.8% higher than during the same period in its last fiscal year as it booked higher volume and fewer integration expenses.

Panel decides against strongest FDA warning on steroid injections

By New York Times  |  November 25, 2014

A panel of medical experts advising the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday decided not to slap the sternest federal warning on steroid injections for neck and back pain, allowing their use to continue relatively unchanged. Millions of Americans get such treatments annually.

SSM sees soaring surplus, rewards from cost-cutting push

By Rachel Landen  |  November 25, 2014

SSM Health Care, a Catholic not-for-profit system based in St. Louis, closed out the first three quarters of its fiscal year with an operating surplus more than 10 times larger than it saw a year ago.

iPhones ring healthcare's bell most often, new MH survey finds

By Joseph Conn  |  November 25, 2014

Apple iPhones are the smartphones of choice for a wide majority of Modern Healthcare readers, despite phones that use Google's Android operating system far outnumbering iPhones in the country as a whole, according to the results of Modern Healthcare's third annual survey to find the Most Important...

Unreported GPO fees may cause Medicare to overpay hospitals

By Jaimy Lee  |  November 24, 2014

A government watchdog wants to know if hospitals accurately report revenue they receive from group purchasing organizations, a question that may have broader implications for the federal safe harbor that allows GPOs to earn and distribute such administrative fees.

Merck buys rights to NewLink's experimental Ebola vaccine

By Reuters  |  November 24, 2014

Merck & Co. will buy worldwide commercial rights to NewLink Genetics Corp's experimental Ebola vaccine. Merck will have the right to research, develop, manufacture and distribute the vaccine, rVSV-EBOV, as well as any follow-on products, the companies said in a joint statement.

FDA issues warning on laparoscopic power morcellators

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 24, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration is warning against the use of laparoscopic power morcellator devices to treat uterine fibroids, while obstetricians and gynecologists insist that some women should still have access to the products.

Researcher projects $78 billion cost savings on EHRs

By Joseph Conn  |  November 24, 2014

The latest volley in the debate over whether investing in electronic health records will save anyone money: Yes, to the tune of $78 billion worldwide from 2014 to 2019, according to a report by U.K.-based Jupiter Research.

Beth Israel Deaconess settles state data breach suit for $100,000

By Joseph Conn  |  November 24, 2014

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has agreed to pay $100,000 and strengthen its data security policies to settle a state health information data breach complaint involving the medical and personal records of nearly 4,000 individuals exposed by the theft of an unencrypted laptop computer.

HealthSouth acquires home health chain

By Adam Rubenfire  |  November 24, 2014

HealthSouth Corp., the nation's largest inpatient rehabilitation hospital chain, announced Monday plans to acquire Encompass Home Health and Hospice for about $750 million.

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