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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.

CMS launches $840 million initiative to accelerate care transformation
October 23, 2014
The CMS Innovation Center will spend $840 million in coming years to help doctors and hospitals do more to teach each other how to improve quality and cut wasteful practices.

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.

Cerner's Q3 profits climb as it preps to add Siemens Health
October 23, 2014
Third-quarter earnings at Cerner Corp. rose 12%, roughly in line with analysts' expectations, as the health information technology company continues to diversify and grow its business.

DaVita Kidney Care to pay $389 million to settle whistle-blower case
October 23, 2014
DaVita Kidney Care will pay $389 million to resolve a whistle-blower's allegations that the company induced physicians to steer patients to its dialysis centers with opportunities to profit by buying and selling stakes in clinics.

Aetna, Sam's Club project signals continuing shift toward private exchanges
October 24, 2014
A new health insurance exchange announced Thursday by a large retailer is betting that analysts who predict that roughly 40 million people will buy their health plans through a private online marketplace by 2018 are right.

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...

North Dakota 'personhood' ballot measure raises concerns about broader healthcare impact
October 22, 2014
A type of “personhood” amendment North Dakotans will vote on next month could have broad ramifications for healthcare in that state, some experts say.

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.

Bristol-Myers Squibb sees Q3 sales fall while profits rise
October 24, 2014
Bristol-Myers Squibb, the New York-based drugmaker, said sales fell 4% to $3.9 billion in the third quarter of 2014 as three of its top-selling drugs reported double-digit declines in revenue.

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.

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.

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...

CMS adds language to give insurers an out if subsidies disappear
October 23, 2014
Whether the government should be allowed to widely subsidize insurance plans sold on the HealthCare.gov website is still being debated in the courts, but the CMS is preparing for an ultimate decision that could eliminate the subsidies.

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.

Healthcare worker evaluated for Ebola in New York City
October 23, 2014
Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City is testing a doctor for Ebola after the individual exhibited fever and gastrointestinal symptoms following travel to West Africa.

Best Places to Work in Healthcare build positive cultures
October 24, 2014
Popular English business magnate Richard Branson made a bold decision this year when he said all salaried employees of his venture capital conglomerate, Virgin Group, would have access to unlimited vacation.

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.

Modern Healthcare's 2014 Best Places to Work in Healthcare: Suppliers (Ranked PDF)
October 24, 2014
Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level. From economic development to employee retention, this program benefits individuals, organizations and the healthcare industry. Source: Modern Healthcare/Best...

Reform Update: Bigger doesn't equal cheaper for patients, studies find
October 22, 2014
Consolidation across healthcare sectors and local markets may benefit consumers when it reduces costly and potentially harmful duplication and waste. Or not. Consolidation also can increase costs, researchers contend in two newly published studies.

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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