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Ascension Health plans joint-venture with Dignity, Tenet to run Ariz. hospitals
July 22, 2014
Ascension Health plans to transfer part of its ownership in the Carondelet Health Network in Arizona into a three-way joint venture that includes Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Dignity Health.

10.3 million gained insurance under Obamacare: study
July 23, 2014
About 10.3 million Americans have gained insurance coverage since the full implementation of Obamacare last year, according to an analysis published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Reform Update: Many dual-eligibles opt out of care coordination
July 22, 2014
People who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid are opting out at high rates from voluntary state initiatives aimed at better coordinating their care.

Courts issue conflicting rulings on federal insurance subsidies
July 22, 2014
The federal courts kicked up new uncertainty for the healthcare reform law with conflicting rulings on whether the U.S. can help consumers buy health plans on federally run exchanges. But HHS may be able to sidestep the controversy.

Dr. Susan Turney leaving MGMA to lead Marshfield Clinic
July 22, 2014
MGMA President and CEO Dr. Susan Turney plans to resign Aug. 29 to take over as the first CEO of the Marshfield (Wis.) Clinic Health System starting Sept. 1.

Sales of da Vinci robotic surgery systems continue to flag
July 22, 2014
Intuitive Surgical saw its revenue and income fall again in the second quarter as sales of its da Vinci robotic surgery systems continued to drop.

Clashing rulings on exchange subsidies raise fear of instability
July 22, 2014
Healthcare providers and insurers fear that today's conflicting appellate court rulings on the legality of Obamacare premium subsidies offered through the federal insurance exchange could have a destabilizing effect on the newly expanded insurance market.

D.C. appeals court strikes down ACA insurance subsidies for federal exchanges
July 22, 2014
A federal appeals court has ruled the Obama administration cannot subsidize insurance premiums for nearly 7 million Americans, dealing a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act. The ruling sets up an almost-certain appeal to the Supreme Court.

IBM-Apple partnership could have big health IT impact
July 22, 2014
IBM's plan to partner with Apple could prove significant for healthcare, addressing issues of data security that have stood in the way of the expansion of mobile healthcare usage and development.

Johns Hopkins to pay $190 million to settle suits over pelvic exam photos
July 21, 2014
A "rogue" gynecologist's secret use of tiny cameras to record hundreds of videos and photos of his patients' sex organs has led to a $190 million settlement with some 8,000 women and girls, lawyers said Monday.

Reform Update: Cost-sharing subsidies help poor pay for ACA care
July 23, 2014
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's premium subsidies for buying exchange coverage have drawn huge attention this week following conflicting appellate court rulings about their legality. But far less is known about the law's related provision for helping lower-income Americans afford...

4th Circuit upholds ACA insurance subsidies
July 22, 2014
Federal judges in Richmond., Va., unanimously upheld the legality of subsidies for insurance exchanges in every state Tuesday. The ruling came roughly two hours after a panel of judges in Washington ruled subsidies on federal exchanges were illegal under language in the Patient Protection and...

Bogus exchange applications resulted in coverage, GAO says
July 23, 2014
A day after federal appellate courts issued conflicting rulings about whether individuals who obtain coverage through the federal exchange are eligible for subsidies, a House subcommittee heard about another aspect of health insurance subsidies, namely that it's apparently easy to obtain them under...

Government drafting birth-control accommodation
July 23, 2014
The Obama administration is developing a new way for religious not-for-profits that object to paying for contraceptives in their health plans to opt out, without submitting a form they say violates their religious beliefs.

Wisconsin Supreme Court: Whistle-blower law doesn't protect interns
July 23, 2014
Wisconsin's law protecting healthcare workers who act as whistle-blowers doesn't apply to unpaid interns, the Wisconsin Supreme Court said Tuesday.

More digital health startups chosen for NYC accelerator
July 23, 2014
Seven digital health companies have been selected from among 138 applicants to be part of the second class in the New York Digital Health Accelerator.

Specialists see little change in compensation, survey finds
July 19, 2014
Of the 12 specialties that showed increases in this year's Modern Healthcare survey of surveys, only five enjoyed pay hikes that exceeded the 1.5% general inflation rate reported by the Consumer Price Index for 2013.

Suit alleges Tennessee put Medicaid applicants in limbo by steering them to HealthCare.gov
July 23, 2014
Tennessee residents who faced lengthy delays when they applied for Medicaid are now suing the state for failing to process their applications in a timely manner.

Outcomes pioneer memorialized nearly 74 years after his death
July 23, 2014
The grave of a Boston surgeon considered by many to be a pioneering advocate for tracking patient outcomes and acknowledging medical errors was memorialized Tuesday by the American College of Surgeons.

M-Modal expects to emerge from bankruptcy in coming weeks
July 23, 2014
Franklin, Tenn.-based medical transcription technology company M-Modal says it expects to emerge from bankruptcy in the next three weeks. M-Modal filed for bankruptcy protection in March, less than two years after it was acquired for a reported $1.1 billion by an investment unit linked to JP Morgan...

Providers, insurers grapple with narrow-network backlash
July 21, 2014
Narrow networks are a reality of the new health insurance landscape. Nearly half of all insurance plans sold on the public exchanges in 2014 were narrow network plans, defined as those with less than 70% of area hospitals included, according to an analysis by the research firm McKinsey & Company.

Infirmary Health to pay $25 million to settle Stark case
July 21, 2014
One of Alabama's largest health systems is paying $25 million to resolve a federal whistle-blower lawsuit that claimed its clinics routinely overpaid doctors to refer their radiology patients to hospitals, despite clear bans against paying for such referrals.

Reform Update: Narrow insurance networks under ACA depressing physician pay
July 21, 2014
The physician pay landscape has flattened out, and healthcare reform may be a primary cause.

McDonald moves closer to VA secretary role; Senate could vote by Aug. 1
July 22, 2014
Robert McDonald on Tuesday moved a step closer to Senate confirmation as the next secretary of veterans affairs, appearing before the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs to favorable comments from committee members.

Big data helps unlock rare disease's secret, but cost could remain issue
July 21, 2014
Seth Mnookin has received a lot of attention, and justly so, for his article in this week's New Yorker on rare genetic diseases. The piece is an illustration of effects, some good, some not so good, that digital health will have on healthcare.

Gilead reports massive Q2 earnings jump thanks to Sovaldi
July 23, 2014
Gilead Science's second-quarter earnings blew through year-ago levels, thanks in part to its blockbuster, and controversial, hepatitis C drug Sovaldi.

Webinar: Integrating Physician Practices into Your Network
June 24, 2014
As the federal government and private payers move swiftly toward value-based care, hospitals and health systems are increasingly looking to clinical integration strategies as a way to coordinate care more easily across settings, manage the health of populations and take advantage of emerging...

AMA, MGMA ask for a more flexible meaningful-use rule
July 22, 2014
The American Medical Association and the Medical Group Management Association have called on the CMS and HHS rule writers to add even more flexibility to the federal electronic health-record incentive payment program for Stage 2 and beyond.

Centene's Q2 profit, revenue soar with new contracts, Medicaid expansion
July 22, 2014
Medicaid expansion and an aggressive growth strategy are paying early dividends for Centene Corp. The St. Louis-based health insurer has raised its expectations for the rest of the year yet again after reporting a highly profitable second quarter.

HHS reissues disputed 340B policy on orphan-drug discounts
July 21, 2014
HHS issued an interpretive rule that requires drug companies to provide discounts on orphan drugs sold through a federal program just months after a judge struck down the government's previous version of the rule.

Working around exchange subsidy ruling should be easy: experts
July 23, 2014
Tuesday's split decision in two federal appellate court cases over whether consumers shopping on the federal insurance exchange can receive premium subsidies could have major effects on the healthcare market. But some experts say officials in states that have not established their own state-run...

Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears
July 17, 2014
The problem of patients dying or being harmed because of preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals remains one of grave consequence that is not getting enough attention, according to the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, which met Thursday with a panel of patient...

Researchers affirm cancer risk of common uterine procedure
July 22, 2014
About 1 of every 370 women who underwent a minimally invasive hysterectomy using morcellation was found to have uterine cancer, a finding that is consistent with data that the Food and Drug Administration put out this month.

Lawmakers form caucus for Medicaid expansion
July 23, 2014
A group of 33 Democratic lawmakers, primarily from states that have yet to expand Medicaid, Wednesday announced a new congressional caucus to push for expansion in their states. Caucus members will be making floor speeches and videos, along with penning op-eds, to advance their cause, they...

Data collection could stump next phase of predictive analytics
July 12, 2014
Advocate Health Care's push to employ predictive modeling across its broad population base is an early test of the latest front in healthcare's march to using big data to improve healthcare outcomes and reduce costs.

Should state medical boards be allowed to set scope-of-practice? Supreme Court will decide
July 15, 2014
A critical question in medicine will be before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall: How much power should doctors wield over their peers when the power to regulate also potentially could tamp down competition that benefits consumers?

Ill. hospital plans $53 million upgrade for operating rooms
July 22, 2014
Rush-Copley Medical Center plans to expand and modernize its operating rooms, a move the Aurora hospital says is needed to stay ahead of the area's growing population.

Cox named CFO of Alameda Health System
July 23, 2014
David Cox has been appointed CFO of Alameda Health System, a safety net system in Oakland, Calif., effective July 14.

Physician Compensation: 2014
July 19, 2014
A Special Feature on the nation's average physician compensation in a variety of specialties from 13 companies. Source: Modern Healthcare's 21st annual Physician Compensation Survey. Published July 21, 2014, p. 42.

Bottom-line ACA gains starting to show in hospital financials, Zacks says
July 21, 2014
Happy days are here, financially, for hospitals thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, says Zacks Investment research in a recent blog post.

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