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Medtronic appeals heart-valve device ruling
By Sabriya Rice | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Medtronic has appealed a ruling by a federal judge which restricts use of the company's new heart valve device to a limited number of U.S. patients. Although the judge indicated that the Medtronic device is safer and has better outcomes than that of its competitor, Edwards Lifesciences, a...
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AHA lawsuit over 'two-midnight' rule called uphill battle
By Joe Carlson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
No matter how strong their legal arguments, hospitals will have a tough time convincing judges to overturn Medicare's controversial new rules on classifying inpatients, some legal experts say.
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Reform Update: Pharmacists call for delay on new Medicaid generic reimbursement rates
By Virgil Dickson | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Pharmacists and drug manufacturers are pushing the CMS for a one-year transition period before states attempt to implement a new formula mandated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that will significantly trim Medicaid reimbursement rates for generic drugs.
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Health spending up after years of 'self-rationing,' report finds
By Andis Robeznieks | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Patients are returning to the healthcare system after “several years of self-rationing,” as reflected in a 3.2% increase in 2013 prescription-drug expenditures to $329.2 billion, according to a new report.
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Truven Health Analytics acquires Simpler Consulting
By Joseph Conn | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Truven Health Analytics, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based healthcare data analytics firm, has acquired Simpler Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in Lean process and management improvement approaches, for undisclosed terms, the companies announced.
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Feds extend funds to Fla. hospitals for one more year
By Associated Press | April 15, 2014
Federal health officials have agreed to funnel $2 billion to Florida hospitals and providers that serve uninsured patients for another year.
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Hospital, doctor prices rise in March
By Melanie Evans | April 15, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Prices for inpatient hospital care accelerated slightly more rapidly last month than prices for outpatient services, as the overall Consumer Price Index for hospitals increased 0.8%.
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AHA goes after 'two-midnight' rule in court
By John N. Frank | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The controversial “two-midnight” rule just got a little more controversial; the American Hospital Association Monday filed two lawsuits against the rule and was joined in its suit by several state hospital associations and individual hospitals.
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Heartbleed bug exploited within hours in hacking challenge
By Joseph Conn | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Heartbleed virus has been causing concern in IT operations around the country, including among healthcare providers, and now a San Francisco company has found the danger from the flawed coding could be all too real.
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FDA should regulate e-cig marketing, sales, lawmakers urge
By Rachel Landen | April 14, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Lawmakers once again called for action today by the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the electronic cigarette industry, issuing a congressional report showing increased marketing of e-cigarettes to youth.
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