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Ohio reaches key goal in long-term-care spending
By Associated Press | September 14, 2014
State officials say Ohio has met a key benchmark in providing long-term-care services for older and disabled residents.
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Effort to overhaul liver allocations sparks backlash
By Paul Demko | September 13, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A fight over liver allocations is looming. In June, the United Network for Organ Sharing put forth a preliminary plan to overhaul the current system for determining which patients receive donated organs. A request for feedback drew nearly 700 comments.
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Advocate-NorthShore merger continues trend toward regional supersystems
By Bob Herman | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The merger between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem that would create a $7 billion academic-suburban behemoth reinforces the growing national trend of large, financially stable healthcare organizations realigning as regional mega-systems.
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Ebola response will be subject of Senate hearing Tuesday
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The international challenges presented by the African Ebola epidemic will be the subject of a Senate hearing Tuesday examining what role the U.S. should play.
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Reform Update: Familiar talking points on Medicare emerge in tight congressional contests
By Paul Demko | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Healthcare has not been at the forefront of Iowa's tightly contested Senate race between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst. But last week, the National Republican Senatorial Committee started running an ad attacking Braley's stance on Medicare. It is also running...
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Longtime Parkland Health leader Dr. Ron Anderson dead at 68
By Beth Kutscher | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Dr. Ron Anderson, the longtime leader of Parkland Health & Hospital System who was remembered for his efforts to expand healthcare access to underserved communities, died Thursday from cancer. He was 68, the Dallas-based system said on its website.
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Health centers to get hefty cash boost to expand primary-care services
By Steven Ross Johnson | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Community health centers across the country are slated to receive $295 million in federal funding in an effort to expand access to primary-care services to more than a million new patients.
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Ambulatory surgery centers can be risky for older patients
By Sabriya Rice | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
In the wake of the surgery-related death of comedian Joan Rivers, patient-safety leaders and some physicians are calling on outpatient surgery centers to carefully select elderly patients eligible for surgery and encouraging patients to question the qualifications of physicians performing the...
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Ascension Health, boosted by new affiliations, sees volume and operating margin grow
By Beth Kutscher | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Ascension Health, the largest Catholic healthcare provider in the U.S., reported a higher operating margin as it treated significantly more patients in its fiscal 2014, which ended June 30.
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Providers like CMS' plans to expand telehealth payments—and want more
By Joseph Conn | September 12, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Many of the more than 100 commenters on the CMS' proposed payment rules for telehealth services approved of the expanded geographical qualifications and coverage for wellness and behavioral-health visits, but some also called for further expansions into new areas, such as home health monitoring and...
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