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State appeals court reinstates California's right-to-die law

By Associated Press  |  June 18, 2018

California health officials reported that 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after the law went into effect June 9, 2016, making the option legal in the nation's most populous state.

Neurosurgeons lean in to learn Michael Jackson's secret move

Neurosurgeons lean in to learn Michael Jackson's secret move

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 16, 2018

Michael Jackson's music video dance moves are as iconic as they are impressive. One particularly famous move has apparently long fascinated three neurosurgeons in Chandigarh, India—Jackson's mind-boggling 45-degree lean in the "Smooth Criminal" video.

Surge in private equity deals causes some alarm

Surge in private equity deals causes some alarm

June 16, 2018

Some industry stakeholders fear that as private equity firms gobble up more and more healthcare companies, patients will lose out on choice, prices could creep higher and price transparency could decrease if public companies are taken private.

Largest physician-staffing organizations, 2018

Largest physician-staffing organizations, 2018

June 16, 2018

A list of the nation's 20 largest physician staffing firms ranked by number of physician recruiters as of June 2018. Sources: Modern Healthcare reporting and the National Association of Physician Recruiters. Published June 18, 2018, p. 34.

Data Points: Suicide rates on the rise in the U.S.

Data Points: Suicide rates on the rise in the U.S.

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 16, 2018

The high-profile deaths this month of celebrity designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain pushed suicide into the national spotlight. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the nation.

Blues reap billions in savings from corporate tax cut

Blues reap billions in savings from corporate tax cut

June 15, 2018

Not-for-profit Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates scored billions of dollars in tax savings from the Trump administration's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in December 2017, which lowered the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% and eliminated the alternative minimum tax.


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