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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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News
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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Vital Signs
Ebola insurance offered to providers
By Lisa Schencker | October 20, 2014
There may be no cure for Ebola, but healthcare providers can get insurance for it.
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Nigeria is free of Ebola, health officials declare
By Steven Ross Johnson | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Nigeria has been declared free of Ebola transmission, according to health officials, making it the second West African nation to have successfully contained the deadly virus, which has killed more than 4,500 and continues to spread elsewhere in the region.
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Information
CVS has a plan to strong-arm other pharmacies out of selling cigarettes
Vox | October 20, 2014
Early last month, CVS became the first major pharmacy chain to halt the sales of tobacco products. At its 7,700 pharmacies across the country, cigarette sales are now a thing of the past. You can think of that as phase one of the CVS war on tobacco. Today, the pharmacy chain announced phase two:...
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News
43 declared safe from Ebola risk after active monitoring
By Adam Rubenfire | October 20, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Forty-three people in Texas who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first U.S. Ebola patient, are no longer at risk for developing the disease.
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Podcast
Kindred COO Ben Breier on care-coordination, value-based payments
Modern Healthcare | October 18, 2014
This month, Kindred formalized a $720 million deal to acquire Gentiva Health Services, a home health and hospice provider. Kindred President and COO Ben Breier discusses his company's plans to build its care-coordination business, prepare for value-based payments and and evaluate other partnerships...
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HHS extends Stark, anti-kickback waiver for ACOs
By Lisa Schencker | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
HHS will allow Medicare accountable care organizations to continue operating outside of federal kickback and physician self-referral laws for at least another year.
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Reform Update: McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts
By Darius Tahir | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has made a habit of saying during his hotly contested race for re-election that repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would not necessarily mean shutting down the state's popular insurance exchange that was established under the law.
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News
Hackensack, Meridian merger may lead to new health insurance forays
By Bob Herman | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Hackensack (N.J.) University Health Network and Meridian Health, Neptune, N.J., have signed a preliminary deal to merge into a regional mega-system. And the new organization has its eyes set on ambitious plays into the commercial insurance market.
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News
Horrified by Ebola nurse's airplane trip
October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Ohio nurses flew with Texas nurse who has Ebola”: Why weren't these nurses quarantined in their homes, at least, for the three weeks?
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Texas Health goes on PR offensive
By Adam Rubenfire | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has launched a public relations offensive in response to accusations from the country's largest nurses' union that the hospital lacked proper protocols and equipment to sufficiently protect its staff in treating the first U.S. Ebola patient.
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Magazine
Ebola preparedness: The fire this time
By Merrill Goozner | October 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. healthcare system badly fumbled its first unexpected encounter with the deadly Ebola virus. One misdiagnosed patient is dead, two nurses who treated him are sick, and hundreds of people may have been exposed to the virus. Panic is spreading.
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Obama names Ebola 'czar'
By Adam Rubenfire , John N. Frank and Virgil Dickson | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Ron Klain, a lawyer who served as a senior White House aide to President Barack Obama and chief of staff to both then-Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden, has been named Obama's point man on the Ebola crisis, the White House announced Friday.
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News
Financial fallout hits Texas Health Resources
By Rachel Landen | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Texas Health Resources, which saw the first U.S. Ebola patient die this month at one of its hospitals, is starting to see financial repercussions from that event and the subsequent attention it's brought the system.
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Athenahealth sees growth and losses in Q3
By Joseph Conn | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Revenue and customer growth did not translate into third-quarter profitability for Athenahealth, a provider of Web-based electronic health records, billing and practice management services, and software for office-based physicians.
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Texas Health nurse Pham in fair condition, NIH reports
By Virgil Dickson | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A Dallas nurse who was the first healthcare worker to contract Ebola while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan is in fair condition after being transferred to a federal hospital, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday morning.
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Information
U.S. monitors healthcare worker aboard cruise ship
Associated Press | October 17, 2014
Obama administration officials say a Dallas healthcare worker who handled a lab specimen from an Ebola-infected man from Liberia who died of the disease is on a Caribbean cruise ship where she has self-quarantined and is being monitored for any signs of infection.
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News
Delaware's Medicaid program dumps Aetna for Highmark
By Bob Herman | October 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aetna will shut down its Medicaid plan in Delaware by the end of this year because the publicly traded insurer and the state couldn't agree on new managed-care rates.
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