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CDC, hospitals hit reset on Ebola preparedness
October 18, 2014
Hospitals across the country are stepping up their preparedness and staff training for the possible arrival of Ebola cases at their doorsteps in the wake of failures in handling Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

N.Y. union, health officials to hold Ebola info session for health workers
October 17, 2014
Modern Healthcare will offer a live stream of an Ebola educational session Tuesday in New York organized by Service Employees International Union, the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Partnership for Quality Care.

Texas Health Resources CEO admits staff not fully trained before Ebola outbreak
October 19, 2014
Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan admitted Sunday that the system's Ebola training programs “had not been fully deployed before the virus struck.”

HHS extends Stark, anti-kickback waiver for ACOs
October 17, 2014
HHS will allow Medicare accountable care organizations to continue operating outside of federal kickback and physician self-referral laws for at least another year.

At home with the specialist: Oncologists and other specialists launching patient-centered medical homes
October 18, 2014
A growing number of specialist practices, insurers and health systems are moving toward the specialist-based medical home model.

Medicare considers national coverage for new prostate cancer test
October 18, 2014
Medicare will begin initial coverage for a genetic prostate cancer test and will consider national coverage. A Medicare administrative contractor, Palmetto GBA, said it will pay for a diagnostic test that evaluates prostate cancer risk in men, and the nation's largest payer will reach out to...

Stricter CDC standards for Ebola care expected
October 20, 2014
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.

Hackensack, Meridian merger may lead to new health insurance forays
October 17, 2014
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.

Live stream | Ebola preparedness session | 10 a.m. EDT Oct. 21
October 20, 2014
Modern Healthcare made special arrangements to host a live stream of a session on Ebola preparedness Tuesday organized by the Greater New York Hospital Association, the Service Employees International Union and the Partnership for Quality Care. Join the session from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT on...

Provider, pharmacy sector see lively quarter
October 18, 2014
The mergers and acquisitions storm in the life sciences blew in fast and furious in the second quarter and petered out just as quickly. But the ripple effect roiled subsectors of the healthcare industry that previously had been quiet.

43 declared safe from Ebola risk after active monitoring
October 20, 2014
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.

Era of medical-device tracking finally arrives
October 18, 2014
Medical-device manufacturers say it makes no sense to mark their products with unique identification numbers since hospitals and other healthcare providers are not required to use the system. But that's no longer true, at least for some devices.

Ebola lapses persisted for days at Dallas hospital
October 19, 2014
Just minutes after Thomas Eric Duncan arrived for a second time at the emergency room, the word is on his chart: "Ebola." But despite all the warnings that the deadly virus could arrive unannounced at an American hospital, for days after the admission, his caregivers are vulnerable.

Unless they change, devicemakers may see shrinking profits
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.

Reform Update: More providers, insurers showing appetite for narrow networks
October 16, 2014
A new health plan collaboration in Wisconsin between a hospital system and an insurer is the latest sign that providers and insurers are betting on narrow networks even as controversy continues over whether these plans offer adequate provider access for consumers.

Nigeria is free of Ebola, health officials declare
October 20, 2014
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.

St. Luke's Hospital names Candio next president and CEO
October 20, 2014
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.

Reform Update: At AAFP gathering, topics range from access to vasectomies
October 20, 2014
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.

Joint Commission calls on C-suite to promote healthcare safety
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...

AbbVie and Shire end merger talks
October 20, 2014
North Chicago-based medical products maker AbbVie and Irish drugmaker Shire have agreed to terminate their proposed merger.

University of Virginia Health System taps Williams as first CMIO
October 20, 2014
Dr. Michael Williams has been named the first chief medical information officer at the University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, effective immediately. The move is representative of the industry trend in which hospital systems are turning to physicians and other clinicians to help make...

CDC issues stronger safety standards for healthcare workers handling Ebola
October 20, 2014
Conceding its previous Ebola safety protocols failed in Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued more robust guidelines aimed at better protecting workers who confront Ebola and other deadly infectious diseases.

OSHA issues Ebola guidance but slow to implement rule
October 15, 2014
The federal body responsible for ensuring the safety of staff in U.S. workplaces has created a new Ebola Web page with information about protecting workers in industries at high risk of exposure, including healthcare. Advocacy groups, though, are calling on the agency to quickly move forward with...

Obama names Ebola 'czar'
October 17, 2014
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.

More African nations curtail travel to Ebola-stricken countries
October 18, 2014
The director of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan cancelled a scheduled press conference in Ghana Saturday. Chan and WHO have come under scrutiny following an internal document obtained by the Associated Press which said the health organization did not respond adequately to contain the...

Canada will send experimental Ebola vaccine to WHO
October 18, 2014
The Canadian government said that it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday for possible use in the West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak.

Ebola 'czar' an expert on Washington, not medicine
October 18, 2014
Ron Klain, President Barack Obama's new point man on Ebola, has no medical or public health background. But he does have a wealth of experience managing unruly federal bureaucracies in times of crisis. The White House says that makes him the perfect candidate to shepherd the government's response...

EHR interoperability solution offered by key IT panels
October 16, 2014
Two key federally chartered health information technology advisory panels are recommending what would amount to, if implemented, a major paradigm shift in how health information is exchanged between providers and other data users, as well as in how it is accessed by patients.

Chip Kahn sees successes, missed opportunities in health IT
October 18, 2014
President Barack Obama's January 2009 pledge to “computerize the nation's health records in five years” largely has come to fruition. As we look to the future, it is critically important to continue striving to realize the laws's larger vision for health information technology.

Ebola insurance offered to providers
October 20, 2014
There may be no cure for Ebola, but healthcare providers can get insurance for it.

Reform Update: McConnell's claims on Kentucky exchange, Obamacare baffle experts
October 17, 2014
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.

Military EHR bid deadline extended for $11B contract
October 16, 2014
Electronic health-record systems developers and information technology systems integrators not already in the hunt for what could be an $11 billion contract have only a week to put their bids together. At stake is a 10-year contract to provide a replacement EHR for the Defense Department's Military...

Delaware's Medicaid program dumps Aetna for Highmark
October 17, 2014
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.

Ebola preparedness: The fire this time
October 17, 2014
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.

Community Health Systems faces data-breach class action
October 13, 2014
Community Health Systems, the 207-hospital, 29-state operator, is facing a class-action lawsuit brought by a New Mexico woman over a data breach it reported Aug. 18.

Texas Health goes on PR offensive
October 17, 2014
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.

Problems at Waco VA draw attention from Congress
October 18, 2014
A Texas congressman says Veteran Affairs mental health research will be reviewed after a newspaper found millions of squandered dollars at a Waco facility just as brain injuries were spiking among U.S. service members.

Financial fallout hits Texas Health Resources
October 17, 2014
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.

Obama: U.S. can't cut itself off from West Africa
October 18, 2014
President Barack Obama urged Americans on Saturday not to succumb to hysteria about Ebola, even as he warned that addressing the deadly virus would require citizens, government leaders and the media to all pitch in.

Ebola victim's family unlikely to win lawsuit against Dallas hospital
October 14, 2014
The family of Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan would have a hard time winning a liability lawsuit against the hospital where he was treated and died, experts say. But that's only because of the state's restrictive tort reform law, and the scenario might be much different in other parts of the...

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