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Building a Better Cyberdefense: A smarter anti-hacker defense

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 21, 2017

If deployed correctly, cybersecurity platforms that employ advanced technologies like artificial intelligence could help healthcare cybersecurity leaders, who are overwhelmed by cybersecurity threats but unable to hire enough staffers to adequately respond.

Late News

Cigna evaluates options as Anthem extends merger deadline

By Shelby Livingston  |  January 21, 2017

Anthem last week extended the deadline to complete its $54.2 billion tie-up with Cigna through April 30 because it anticipates needing more time to gain necessary approvals regardless of how a U.S. district court judge rules on the deal. That decision could come any day.

CHS signals all-clear on takeover threat

By Dave Barkholz  |  January 21, 2017

Community Health Systems CEO Wayne Smith said that the hospital company intends to let lapse a poison pill defense against a potential hostile takeover as it pursues a turnaround that includes hospital and asset divestitures.

Trump's inauguration speech short on specifics

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 21, 2017

President Donald Trump said nothing about healthcare or the pending repeal of his predecessor's signature law, the Affordable Care Act in his inaugural speech last week.

The Week Ahead

How Trump could undermine the ACA during the first week

By Shannon Muchmore  |  January 21, 2017

President Donald Trump could begin undoing the Affordable Care Act almost immediately through the use of executive orders that would weaken the law, and through other methods.

Regional News

Cuban doctors to share best practices for improving community health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 21, 2017

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and the Cuban Ministry of Health kicked off a two-year initiative aimed at sharing best practices in providing community-based care. The goal is to reduce infant mortality rates, as well as improve maternal health and cancer screening.

News

Send us entries for Best Places to Work in Healthcare

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 21, 2017

The recognition program identifies and recognizes the top workplaces in healthcare, those that go above and beyond to support their staff, empowering them to provide patients and other customers with the best possible care, products and services.

States mull Medicaid block grants as ACA repeal, changes loom

By Shelby Livingston  |  January 21, 2017

Healthcare advocacy groups in Missouri say an effort to move the state's Medicaid program to a block grant model would undermine healthcare services for the most vulnerable citizens. But Republican supporters say it would give the state needed flexibility.

Congressional health committee leaders

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 21, 2017

Here are the Republican and Democratic leaders on key healthcare committees in the GOP-controlled 105th Congress, which is on track to dismantle the ACA and may take on major overhaul's of Medicare and Medicaid.

Cover Story
Features

Building a Better Cyberdefense: A smarter anti-hacker defense

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 21, 2017

If deployed correctly, cybersecurity platforms that employ advanced technologies like artificial intelligence could help healthcare cybersecurity leaders, who are overwhelmed by cybersecurity threats but unable to hire enough staffers to adequately respond.

Editorial

Editorial: Dr. Price's conflicts of interest

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 21, 2017

Democratic senators, several of whom are themselves avid traders in healthcare stocks, were right to roast HHS secretary designee Dr. Tom Price for his unseemly plunges into individual healthcare equities.

Guest Commentary
Letters

Letters: Address rising Medicaid costs by tackling the underlying problems

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 21, 2017

Regarding the article “GOP lawmakers eye cuts in 'optional' Medicaid benefits” (ModernHealthcare.com, Jan. 13), the trouble with block grants, reducing benefits or eligibility, or even reducing prescription drug prices is that they do nothing to solve the underlying problems.

Innovations

Arming oncologists and researchers with more genomic data

By Maria Castellucci  |  January 21, 2017

Eric Lefkofsky, the billionaire co-founder of Groupon, was astonished a few years ago when he realized firsthand the marginal amount of genetic and molecular data available to cancer patients during treatment.

Q&A
News Makers

CMS' Agrawal named chief executive at National Quality Forum

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 21, 2017

Dr. Shantanu Agrawal has been named president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan organization that aims to improve healthcare through quality metrics. He replaces Helen Darling, who was interim CEO since March 2016.

Data Points

Data Points: Healthcare data breaches

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 21, 2017

The frequency and scope of data breaches--from cyberattacks to simple theft and loss--has grown along with the exploding volume of digitized information in healthcare delivery and financial transactions.

Outliers
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