FTC wins appeal in ProMedica case April 22, 2014 The Federal Trade Commission extended its recent winning streak in healthcare cases Tuesday when a federal appeals court agreed that a 2010 hospital acquisition by Ohio's ProMedica system was illegal.
CMS to weigh Medicare coverage of CT scans for smokers April 21, 2014 On April 30 the CMS will convene a meeting of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee to decide if Medicare will cover annual screenings for lung cancer with low-dose CT scans for current or past heavy smokers.
Health IT issues, care-coordination worries top new ECRI safety list April 22, 2014 Failure of health IT systems, poor coordination of patient care and lack of planning for expected drug shortages are all listed among the top concerns facing healthcare organizations in a new ECRI Institute report drawn from nearly 400,000 patient-safety events.
Kids getting codeine despite safety concerns April 21, 2014 Little progress has been made toward adhering to national guidelines against the use of drugs containing codeine within hospital emergency department settings, despite concerns about prescribing them for children, a study finds.
Surgical-robot costs put small hospitals in a bind April 19, 2014 While overall sales of the da Vinci Surgical System are on the decline, a number of small and rural hospitals are considering acquiring the pricey machine, believing it will help them attract and retain surgeons and appeal to patients.
The ACA's midterm report card April 19, 2014 With the Obama administration taking a victory lap after achieving its first-year goals for health insurance sign-ups, it's as good a time as any for reviewing its performance on all the reforms contained in the Affordable Care Act.
Give ACOs a break, AHA tells CMS Innovation Center April 18, 2014 The American Hospital Association is lobbying the CMS Innovation Center to make it easier for accountable care organizations to earn Medicare bonuses and delay potential penalties as the agency looks to expand the initiative.
Truven's 15 Top systems: Consistency boosts quality April 19, 2014 Some hospital systems working to improve performance have turned the phrase "in a rut" into a constructive concept as they institute protocols to improve the consistency and efficiency of healthcare for patients.
Mednax acquires Anesthesia Associates in Virginia April 21, 2014 Mednax, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced its acquisition Monday of Fredericksburg (Va.) Anesthesia Associates, the third Virginia-based anesthesia practice to join the national medical group's American Anesthesiology division.
NCQA names Barr executive VP April 22, 2014 Dr. Michael Barr will become executive VP for the National Committee for Quality Assurance May 27. He joins the NCQA from the American College of Physicians, where he served as senior VP of the division of medical practice.
Calif. health exchange promotes market competition, even with dominant players April 22, 2014 Four insurers accounted for nearly 95% of the 1.4 million health plans selected by customers on California's insurance exchange during the recently concluded open-enrollment period, but despite that concentration, experts say the exchange increased competition in individual markets around the state.
Novartis, GSK, Lilly in multibillion-dollar deals April 22, 2014 Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.
FDA plan would speed up medical device approvals April 22, 2014 The Food and Drug Administration unveiled a proposal Tuesday designed to speed up development and approval of medical devices that treat life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions.
Cybersecurity test finds healthcare communications weak links April 21, 2014 What's being billed as the healthcare industry's first cyberattack simulation found that communication across a wide range of healthcare organizations is a weak link. The simulation, dubbed CyberRx, took place April 1 with results revealed Monday.
Operating expenses, acquisitions keep HealthStream earnings flat April 22, 2014 HealthStream's revenue for the first three months of 2014 benefited from increased subscriber use of ICD-10 training products but increased operating expenses and acquisition costs kept earnings flat, the Nashville-based company reported Monday.
Financial weakness argument flops in ProMedica merger case April 22, 2014 In 2010, St. Luke's Hospital in northwestern Ohio wasn't doing great financially, but it wasn't about to go broke either—a common state of affairs for hospitals that greatly damaged St. Luke's argument that it needed to merge to survive.
Reform Update: Exchanges look more appealing to insurers second time around April 17, 2014 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...
Da Vinci surgical robot sales slide; revenue, earnings drop in Q1 April 22, 2014 Sales of da Vinci surgical robots continued to decline in the first quarter of this year, in part due to fewer gynecologic procedures being performed and overall lower procedure growth in the U.S., the company noted in announcing its first-quarter earnings Tuesday.
HCA shows interest in Australia's Healthscope April 22, 2014 HCA, the largest U.S. hospital chain by revenue, is considering a bid for Australian hospital company Healthscope, according to media reports. The Nashville-based hospital operator has tapped Deutsche Bank as its financial adviser, the reports said, citing sources familiar with the situation.
NQF panel votes against sepsis central-line mandate April 22, 2014 A National Quality Forum patient-safety committee on Tuesday overturned its previous endorsement of guidelines calling for central venous catheterization in some patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.
10 largest investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains April 19, 2014 A list of the nation's 10 largest investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains, ranked by 2013 revenue as reported to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Source: Modern Healthcare reporting. Published April 21, 2014, p. 30.
Sebelius’ Enroll America fundraising limited to two calls: GAO April 21, 2014 HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' fundraising efforts on behalf of a not-for-profit group leading Obamacare enrollment efforts were limited to two previously disclosed phone calls, according to a report issued Monday by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.