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Medicare chief Jonathan Blum leaving Obama administration
April 22, 2014
The Obama administration's top Medicare official is stepping down from his post. CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum has been with the agency for more than five years.

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.

Heartbleed hasn't shaken healthcare software development methods
April 22, 2014
Open-source software development is retaining the support of many healthcare information technology users, developers and security professionals despite the recent issues raised by the discovery of the Heartbleed vulnerability.

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.

CMS searching for small biz vendors for next contract
April 21, 2014
The CMS is in the early stages of determining if a smaller vendor could take over when Accenture’s one-year contract expires.

More patients chose specialists over primary-care docs in 2013
April 21, 2014
It was probably just a matter of time before it happened, but 2013 may have marked the first year that office visits to specialty physicians outnumbered office visits to primary-care doctors.

Reform Update: Patients often seek care outside of their ACOs, research shows
April 21, 2014
Medicare accountable care organizations may find the incentive to manage healthcare quality and cost very weak. New research suggests patients frequently seek care outside of the ACOs they're assigned to, and many do not stay within the same ACO from one year to the next.

Reform Update: States that did not expand Medicaid may see higher premiums, industry experts say
April 22, 2014
Some industry experts are warning that states that chose not to expand Medicaid coverage under Obamacare could see higher insurance premiums next year as hospitals continue to shift the costs of uncompensated care to private insurers.

Loss of profit not 'irreparable harm' to Teva: Supreme Court
April 21, 2014
Teva Pharmaceuticals is likely to lose millions of dollars in revenue when a court removes the patent next month on its popular multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone.

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.

Healthways to pay $9.4M to Minn. Blues over telehealth feud
April 21, 2014
Tennessee-based health services firm Healthways has agreed to pay $9.4 million to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to resolve a contract dispute regarding telehealth services, the company announced last week.

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.

Offshore health record storage may pose privacy risks
April 18, 2014
State Medicaid agencies could be putting beneficiaries' personal information at risk by offshoring administrative functions, according to a report from HHS' Office of the Inspector General.

Baxter settles class-action suit for $64 million, denies wrongdoing
April 21, 2014
Baxter International agreed to pay $64 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the Deerfield, Ill.-based company and some of its competitors colluded to raise prices of plasma-based therapies.

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.

Botox maker Allergan draws bid from Valeant
April 22, 2014
Valeant Pharmaceuticals is teaming up with activist investor Bill Ackman in a bid for Botox maker Allergan that could be worth about $40 billion.

Government should back money-saving medical devices, drug development: study
April 22, 2014
Government should promote the development of new medical devices and medications that provide more value and so help reduce overall healthcare costs, according to a new study funded by the RAND Corp.

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.

Deal volume dips while value soars in first quarter
April 19, 2014
Fewer deals and higher prices was the prevailing theme across the four healthcare industry sectors tracked in Modern Healthcare's first-quarter M&A Watch report for 2014.

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.

Nebraska governor vetoes nurse practitioner regulation bill
April 22, 2014
Nurse practitioners will still need to collaborate with physicians in order to practice in Nebraska, after the governor vetoed a bill that would have changed state regulations.

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.

Reform Update: Governor races could be referendum on ACA, Medicaid expansion
April 18, 2014
With governor races in 36 states this fall, new faces in several governors' chairs could influence states' stances on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act implementation and Medicaid expansion.

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.

Colorado center will offer treatments targeted by patient DNA
April 21, 2014
Four Colorado healthcare organizations planning a $63 million Center for Personalized Medicine aim to use patients' DNA to predict their risk of disease and develop targeted treatments based on the genetic information.

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.

Daughters of Charity's credit rating lowered six notches to B-
April 18, 2014
Standard & Poor's lowered the credit rating for the faltering Daughters of Charity Health System in California by six notches, an unusually steep rating plunge that puts the organization at mid-speculative grade.

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.

Reform Update: N.Y. law lets experienced NPs practice without supervising doctor
April 07, 2014
Experienced nurse practitioners in the state of New York will no longer need to be formally tethered to a physician to practice medicine starting Jan. 1.

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