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Nevada asking feds for $11.3 million for CHIP

By Associated Press  |  November 21, 2017

Nevada is asking the federal government for $11.3 million to continue the state's Children's Health Insurance Program while Congress decides if it will renew funding for the decades-old program.

13 hospitals join CMS' rural pay experiment

13 hospitals join CMS' rural pay experiment

November 21, 2017

The CMS has expanded an experiment that pays rural hospitals the actual cost of care versus standard Medicare rates. Executives say the funds are key to ensure quality care.

One-third of Outcome staffers take buyouts

By John Pletz  |  November 21, 2017

About 200 Outcome Health employees—37% of its staff of 535—have taken buyouts as the beleaguered healthcare advertising company faces allegations that it misled advertisers with inflated results.

Victims of cancer doctor could receive $4.1M in repayment

By Associated Press  |  November 21, 2017

An expert is recommending approval of $4.1 million in claims, including $2 million in funeral costs, filed by victims of a Detroit-area doctor who committed fraud by putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments.

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2017

The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The Council of Economic Advisers said some previous studies didn't reflect the number of fatalities blamed on opioids.

Outcome Health offers buyouts

Outcome Health offers buyouts

By John Pletz  |  November 20, 2017

Outcome Health's biggest problem used to be keeping up with all the new hires. Now the company is cutting back staff for the second time in less than two months.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 20, 2017

Blue Cross and Google team up for glucose-monitoring, the FDA raids Florida stores selling Canadian drugs, and young men drive distractedly.

Report: Florida rarely punishes doctors sued for malpractice

Report: Florida rarely punishes doctors sued for malpractice

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2017

Out of nearly 24,000 resolved state and federal lawsuits against Florida doctors in the past decade, the state's Health Department filed disciplinary charges just 128 times, according to a newspaper report.

What do nurses want?

What do nurses want?

By Jay Greene  |  November 20, 2017

Nurses ask hospitals to hire more, restrict mandatory overtime; hospitals cite nursing shortage.

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

By Associated Press  |  November 17, 2017

As part of its effort to expand private healthcare, the VA is exploring merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.


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