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CDC confirms Ebola case at Texas hospital
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The first Ebola infection diagnosed in the U.S. has been confirmed in a patient getting treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday.
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Open Payments website reveals $3.5 billion paid to docs, hospitals
By Jaimy Lee | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
More than half a million U.S. physicians and 1,360 U.S. hospitals have financial relationships with medical device and drug companies, according to data released Tuesday under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.
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Oklahoma judge rules against Obamacare subsidies
By Paul Demko | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In a legal setback for the Obama administration, a federal judge in Oklahoma ruled Tuesday that people in states that rely on the federal insurance exchange are not eligible for Obamacare premium subsidies to help them pay for coverage.
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Genentech's distribution change for cancer drugs upsets hospitals
By Bob Herman | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Drugmaker Genentech is changing the way it ships three high-profile cancer drugs to hospitals, which are concerned that the new process will grossly inflate their already high costs and potentially affect patient care. Genentech contends the change is designed to ensure patient safety and access to...
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UnitedHealth's Optum to buy MedSynergies
By Bob Herman | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Optum, a consulting and analytics division of the country's largest health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, has agreed to acquire physician practice consulting firm MedSynergies.
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Open Payments website launches
By Jaimy Lee | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The federal government Tuesday launched a highly anticipated website detailing payments made by medical device and drug companies to physicians and teaching hospitals.
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Reform Update: Managed Medicaid report sparks debate on state network adequacy remedies
By Virgil Dickson | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patient-rights advocates are hopeful that a recent HHS Office of the Inspector General's report will prompt the CMS to clamp down on states regarding the adequacy of managed Medicaid plan provider networks. But state officials adamantly say that more rules from Washington won't remedy such basic...
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Walgreen posts 4Q loss on Alliance Boots charge
By Associated Press | September 30, 2014
Walgreen booked a $239 million loss in its fiscal fourth quarter after swallowing a huge accounting charge from its Alliance Boots acquisition, but the drugstore chain's results still met Wall Street expectations.
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CHI sees higher 2014 revenue, operating loss for the year
By John N. Frank | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Expansion-minded Catholic Health Initiatives reported sharply higher revenue for its fiscal 2014 but also an operating loss as expenses and restructuring charges ate away at revenue gains.
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ONC roadmap on interoperability being unveiled Oct. 15, DeSalvo says
By Joseph Conn | September 30, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A first draft of a federal roadmap to interoperability of health IT systems will be released in mid-October, Dr. Karen DeSalvo, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, told American Health Information Management Association members Monday.
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