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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.

New health IT architecture requires interactive EHRs, scientists advise
April 18, 2014
To help create a new health-information architecture, the current crop of electronic health-record systems needs to be connected using interfaces that will allow them to communicate with each other, according to recommendations from a group of U.S. scientists reporting on the nation's...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Misdiagnosis could affect 12M U.S. adults annually, study finds
April 16, 2014
An estimated 1 in 20 U.S. adults could be misdiagnosed during outpatient visits, and about half of those errors could prove to be harmful for the patient, finds a new study in the journal BMJ.

Kansas extending ban on expansion of Medicaid
April 19, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback has indefinitely extended a ban on expanding Medicaid in Kansas under the federal healthcare overhaul.

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...

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.

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.

Healthcare site flagged in Heartbleed review
April 19, 2014
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.

Illinois gov. promises new controls after Medicaid paid for dead
April 19, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn is promising tighter controls after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who were dead.

ACA enrollment tops 8 million, Obama says
April 17, 2014
Enrollment in health plans sold on Obamacare's insurance exchanges has reached 8 million, and 35% of those who signed up through are under the age of 35, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

Cancer drugs: Too expensive to compare?
April 17, 2014
The prices of some cancer drugs are so high that they preclude trials comparing their effectiveness, according to two National Cancer Institute researchers.

Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems 
April 19, 2014
A Special Feature on Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems, 2014. Performances are based on 12 measures, and results are broken down into four categories: National health system performance

Doc-group acquisition boosts Northwestern Memorial's revenue
April 18, 2014
Northwestern Memorial HealthCare reported stronger revenue for its second quarter thanks in large part to its acquisition of a large physician practice group from Northwestern University.

Cut prices for low-risk hospital outpatient surgeries: HHS report
April 17, 2014
Medicare should pay hospitals less for low-risk outpatient surgeries, the program's fiscal watchdog suggests in a report published this morning.

FDA calls for classifying health IT products by patient-safety risk level
April 03, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration proposed regulating health information technologies based on their potential risks to patient safety, rather than by the technology platform they utilize.

Price transparency needed from all stakeholders, HFMA task force says
April 16, 2014
Hospitals and health plans should serve as front-line resources on healthcare price information for patients who want to make more informed decisions about their healthcare. But government and employers should also help consumers understand healthcare prices, according to a report released today by...

Nominations now open for first Healthcare Marketing Impact Awards
April 19, 2014
Today's rapidly changing healthcare environment demands every organization—whether provider, insurer, supplier or advocacy group—reach the public with a clear and impactful message communicating their goal of delivering or contributing to higher quality, more affordable and more...

N.Y. gets final terms for $8B Medicaid waiver
April 14, 2014
New York and federal officials report final agreement allowing the state to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over the next five years.

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.

FDA warns of risks with fibroid removal procedure
April 17, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating fibroids could inadvertently spread cancer from the uterus to other parts of the body.

Regional News/Northeast: Boston-area hospitals partnering on new system
April 19, 2014
Tufts Medical Center, Boston, and Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital are partnering to form a health system to encourage collaboration between academic teaching hospitals and community-based providers.

AHA goes after 'two-midnight' rule in court
April 14, 2014
The controversial “two-midnight” rule just got a little more controversial; the American Hospital Association Monday filed two lawsuits against the rule and was joined in its suit by several state hospital associations and individual hospitals.

CMS reveals Medicare physician pay data
April 09, 2014
Routine office visits accounted for the single largest share of Medicare physician billings in 2012 even though they amounted to just one-seventh of the $77 billion paid by the government for physician services through the nation's senior citizen healthcare program.

Diabetes complications have plunged since 1990: CDC
April 17, 2014
Substantial declines have occurred during the past 20 years in the rates of five major diabetes-related complications, with the biggest drops seen in cardiovascular events, the CDC says in a new report.

Regional News/South: Feds extend safety net funds for Fla. hospitals
April 19, 2014
Federal health officials have agreed to funnel $2 billion to Florida hospitals and providers that serve uninsured patients for another year.

Regional News/West: Insurers aid fight against Calif. ballot initiative
April 19, 2014
A political battle looms over whether regulators in the nation's most populous state will have the authority to reject proposed health insurance rate increases, a power that could make a difference in the fate of the Obamacare insurance exchanges.

Medtronic appeals heart-valve device ruling
April 15, 2014
Medtronic has appealed a ruling by a federal judge which restricts use of the company's new heart valve device to a limited number of U.S. patients. Although the judge indicated that the Medtronic device is safer and has better outcomes than that of its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences, a...

FDA should regulate e-cig marketing, sales, lawmakers urge
April 14, 2014
Lawmakers once again called for action today by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the electronic cigarette industry, issuing a congressional report showing increased marketing of e-cigarettes to youth.

Billions at stake in tech-driven healthcare economy, PWC survey says
April 10, 2014
Paying only lip service to consumer demands for more convenience and lower costs in healthcare will cost providers billions in lost revenue, a study by the Health Research Institute at PricewaterhouseCoopers concludes.

Nuance buys Accelarad, launches image HIE platform
April 17, 2014
Nuance Communications, a Burlington, Mass., developer of speech recognition and natural-language-processing software, is acquiring Accelarad, a provider of cloud-based imaging exchange services.

N.Y. incubator Startup Health adds 16 companies
April 10, 2014
The New York-based incubator StartUp Health admitted 16 new companies to its current class, the company announced this week. The incubator runs a three-year program that helps healthcare startups develop their products and raise venture capital.

More children, including those in minority groups, gain insurance coverage, study finds
April 10, 2014
The number of uninsured children in the U.S. fell in 2012 with the greatest gains made among kids in low-income households, according to a new report.

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.

Layoffs at Miss. hospital
April 12, 2014
Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home, Poplarville, Miss. has eliminated 19 positions and reduced hours for other workers to address financial problems.

Nurse experience linked to shorter hospital patient stays
April 14, 2014
The more experience a nurse has and the longer his or her tenure in a hospital unit, the shorter the length of stay for the patients they care for, finds a new study looking at the effect of nursing team structure on the quality of care a patient receives.

Consumer-driven health plans draw healthier, wealthier enrollees
April 18, 2014
People enrolled in consumer-driven health plans are better educated, wealthier and healthier than those in other coverage options, according to a report by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

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