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N.Y. physician now fourth Ebola case diagnosed in U.S., preliminary test shows October 23, 2014 A doctor in New York is now the first Ebola case in the country's largest city, according to results of a preliminary test done Thursday. He is the fourth confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. and the first outside Texas where patient one, Thomas Eric Duncan, died from the disease earlier...
Texas nurse Nina Pham free of Ebola October 24, 2014 Nina Pham, the first Texas nurse who contracted Ebola virus while treating Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, was discharged from care, National Institutes of Health officials announced Friday morning.
DeSalvo leaving ONC for Ebola response team October 23, 2014 Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for health information technology at HHS, is leaving that position to become acting assistant secretary of health, effective immediately, sources tell Modern Healthcare.
Reform Update: Hospitals attack insurance 'skinny plans' as too thin October 23, 2014 Some employers are building health insurance policies that are technically compliant with the healthcare reform law, yet don't include coverage of inpatient hospital services. Backers of such plans contend that some coverage is better than none, especially for workers in business sectors that...
DeSalvo, other departures signal brain drain at ONC October 24, 2014 The appointment Thursday of Dr. Karen DeSalvo as acting assistant secretary of health leaves the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, already hit hard by key staff departures, further depleted.
DaVita whistle-blower settlement marks growing focus on kickbacks October 24, 2014 A nearly $400 million settlement between DaVita HealthCare Partners and the government reflects what experts see as a growing eagerness among federal fraud enforcers to go after healthcare business relationships that allegedly amount to kickbacks.
USC to invest in surgery centers with for-profit partner October 23, 2014 Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California, an academic medical center based in Los Angeles, has agreed to develop a network of ambulatory surgery centers throughout the area with Surgical Care Affiliates, a publicly traded operator of surgical centers.
Texas Health shares lessons learned from Ebola stumbles October 24, 2014 As health workers at New York's Bellevue Hospital Center begin to treat Dr. Craig Spencer, the latest patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas are sharing the lessons they learned from treating the first in the nation, Thomas Eric Duncan, and...
Reform Update: Partisan standoff looms over crucial risk-corridor payments October 24, 2014 A big fight could be brewing over Obamacare's risk-corridor program. Insurers are relying on the program to protect them from major losses if their exchange customers end up being sicker and more costly than anticipated. But Republicans—most notably Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a likely 2016...
Ebola aid workers given mandatory quarantine in New York, New Jersey October 24, 2014 The governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday afternoon ordered mandatory quarantine of up to 21 days for health workers and anyone else arriving in the U.S. after direct contact with Ebola patients in the West African nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
39 largest post-acute care companies October 18, 2014 A list of the nation's 39 largest post-acute-care companies, ranked by 2013 net revenue (where applicable). Source: Modern Healthcare's 15th annual Post-Acute Care Survey, DAC Bond and Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Published Oct. 20, 2014, p. 30.
Botched U.S. Ebola diagnosis points to computer, human errors October 23, 2014 Errors by healthcare workers and the computer tools they used all contributed to the initial misdiagnosis of Thomas Eric Duncan when he first came to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas in late September, a new report argues.
Reform Update: Medicaid programs crafting limits on Harvoni usage October 21, 2014 Which Medicaid beneficiaries will have access to Gilead Sciences' newest high-cost hepatitis C treatment, Harvoni, and when they'll get that access, now depends on prior-authorization criteria being hammered out by various state agencies. Most will likely limit Harvoni use to patients dealing with...
Latest motion filed in four-year Georgia hospital divestiture battle October 24, 2014 Phoebe Putney Health System filed a motion this week seeking to halt the Federal Trade Commission's efforts to force it to give up one of its hospitals until after the state of Georgia makes a decision about whether certain state laws might prevent such a move.
340B hospitals protest Genentech's cancer-drug distribution plan October 23, 2014 A group of hospitals that participate in the federal 340B drug-discount program have joined the debate about Genentech's decision to distribute three of its most expensive and commonly used cancer drugs through specialty distributors rather than standard wholesalers.
LifePoint results point to strong quarter for all for-profit hospitals October 24, 2014 LifePoint Hospitals again raised its financial guidance for full-year 2014 after booking higher revenue in the third quarter. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based chain, however, saw a similarly large increase in expenses that led to lower net income for the period compared to the third quarter of 2013.
IMS sees operating income decline in third quarter October 24, 2014 IMS Health, a consulting and analytics company, ended the third quarter with a decline in operating income compared with the same three months a year ago as revenue from its information services stagnated.
Miami PA gets 15 years in Medicare fraud case October 23, 2014 A Miami physician assistant was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison for his role in a $200 million Medicare fraud case, even though his attorney argued he was not a central figure in the scheme.
Medicaid managed-care enrollment expected to soar October 23, 2014 Thanks to Medicaid expansion and a greater push from some conservative states looking to reduce healthcare costs, enrollment of Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) beneficiaries in managed care will increase by 13.5 million by 2016, according to a new report from consulting firm...
Texas Health reports Ebola-related patient decline, lower Q3 revenue October 23, 2014 Texas Health Resources, which has seen its reputation injured for failing to recognize the country's first Ebola patient and prevent the disease's spread to two of its healthcare workers, took a financial hit from the incident as patients shied away from its Dallas hospital in October, its latest...
Medical device hack-attack issues resurface October 22, 2014 Three medical-device makers have been identified by unnamed sources as having their products under review by an arm of the Homeland Security Department for possible cybersecurity vulnerabilities, according to a published report. But for the feds, providers and the devicemakers, the issue of...
WHO: Millions of Ebola vaccine doses ready in 2015 October 24, 2014 The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in 2015 and five more experimental vaccines will start being tested in March.
CHIME expands to represent more health IT titles October 23, 2014 The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, known as CHIME, will launch two new organizations, one to represent chief technology officers (CTOs) and the other for chief application officers (CAOs).
CDC to monitor travelers from Ebola-affected countries October 22, 2014 Individuals traveling from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be actively monitored for Ebola symptoms for 21 days after they enter the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.
Clumsy Ebola response tests nation's faith in public health leaders October 22, 2014 The American public's deep fears about Ebola and U.S. politicians' inflammatory rhetoric following the three U.S. cases in Dallas have prompted public health experts to think about how the country might respond to a more serious infectious disease pandemic, and what lessons can be learned from the...
Live stream | Ebola preparedness session October 20, 2014 Modern Healthcare is streaming live video of an event featuring public health officials and hospital and labor leaders discussing how frontline healthcare workers should handle Ebola.
Proposed interoperability overhaul finds boosters, doubters October 21, 2014 Healthcare IT experts are split on the promise of a new recommendation that the industry go boldly where the rest of the world has already gone before by modeling its architecture for health information exchange on the structure of the Internet.
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.
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