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Genomic medicine goes mainstream

By Joseph Conn  |  February 18, 2017

At cutting-edge healthcare organizations, precision medicine is beginning to affect patient's lives. But most of the healthcare industry is still struggling to overcome significant social, economic and technical barriers to widespread adoption of genetics-based patient care.

Late News

CHS sells eight hospitals to Steward Health Care

By Dave Barkholz  |  February 18, 2017

Community Health Systems has agreed to sell eight hospitals to subsidiaries of Steward Health Care System in its single biggest divestiture package to date. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Justice Department joins Medicare Advantage suit against UnitedHealth

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 18, 2017

The U.S. Justice Department has joined a whistle-blower lawsuit claiming that UnitedHealth Group and affiliated health plans defrauded the Medicare program, collecting millions of dollars by claiming patients were sicker than they really were.

The Week Ahead

Elusive interoperability will be tackled at this year's HIMSS

By Rachel Arndt  |  February 18, 2017

Digital health tools will be front and center at this year's conference of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, as health IT professionals and clinicians discuss EHRs, data security and protection, and interoperability.

Regional News

Quest buys some PeaceHealth labs, will manage others

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 18, 2017

Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth has agreed to sell its laboratory services business to Quest Diagnostics and hire Quest to manage the 11 labs that it operates at its hospitals and ambulatory centers.

News

The engagements and eventual breakups of the insurance giants

By Shelby Livingston  |  February 18, 2017

Less than two years ago, four powerhouses of the insurance industry paired up: Aetna and Humana, and Cigna and Anthem. Alas, the duos were not meant to be. Here is a history of their tumultuous relationships and how they came to a head on Valentine's Day.

Cover Story

Genomic medicine goes mainstream

By Joseph Conn  |  February 18, 2017

At cutting-edge healthcare organizations, precision medicine is beginning to affect patient's lives. But most of the healthcare industry is still struggling to overcome significant social, economic and technical barriers to widespread adoption of genetics-based patient care.

Features
Editorial

Editorial: Give Seema Verma a chance

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 18, 2017

Seema Verma, the Indiana consultant who injected personal responsibility requirements and health savings accounts into that state's Medicaid program, deserves a shot at working with other states that want to redesign their programs.

Guest Commentary
Letters

Letters: Overhaul needed for supply chain practices in healthcare

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 18, 2017

Regarding the Feb. 13 feature story “No experience necessary”: This is about one of the classic middle-market monopolies. Group purchasing organizations' clandestine practices are not suited for modern day logistics.

Innovations

Health 'sitters': Keeping an eye on at-risk patients remotely

By Adam Rubenfire  |  February 18, 2017

Like other hospitals, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C., assigns nurse assistants to provide one-on-one, constant observation for patients who are severely confused, at risk for self-harm or have fallen after trying to get out of their hospital bed.

Q&A
News Makers
Data Points

Data Points: EHR interoperability update

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 18, 2017

The nation's hospitals have almost completed their transition to electronic health records. But much work remains to be done to make those records available to other providers--and to their patients.

Outliers
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