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Hospital chain settles Medicare suit for $32.7 million

By Associated Press  |  September 28, 2016

A national hospital chain headquartered in central Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $32.7 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare for medically unnecessary services.

Why CMS wants surgeons to code every 10 minutes

Why CMS wants surgeons to code every 10 minutes

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  September 28, 2016

The CMS drew the ire of the medical community when it proposed that physicians and surgeons code every 10 minutes of their time. This is why the agency did it.

Chinese billionaire buys more CHS stock

Chinese billionaire buys more CHS stock

By Dave Barkholz  |  September 28, 2016

Chinese billionaire Tianqiao Chen has purchased about 929,800 more shares of Community Health Systems, raising his stake in the troubled hospital chain to 13.8% of the shares outstanding, according to a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Maryland group attacks high cost of prescription drugs

By Associated Press  |  September 28, 2016

The Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, a coalition of more than 1,200 religious, labor, business and policy groups seeking quality and affordable health care, wants the state Legislature to address high drug costs by overhauling some of the laws governing drug pricing.

Aetna makes large bet on wellness with Apple Watches

Aetna makes large bet on wellness with Apple Watches

By Bob Herman  |  September 27, 2016

Apple Watches are becoming near-ubiquitous in healthcare and the corporate world, and health insurer Aetna is now investing heavily in the wellness promises of the device.

The FDA's revolving door raises ethical questions

The FDA's revolving door raises ethical questions

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  September 27, 2016

An analysis of 55 FDA medical officers, who review and approve drugs, found that more than a quarter went on to work for the pharmaceutical industry, bolstering concerns about ethical conflicts and the efficacy and quality of drugs.

FTC wins appeal to halt Penn State Hershey/PinnacleHealth merger

FTC wins appeal to halt Penn State Hershey/PinnacleHealth merger

By Erica Teichert  |  September 27, 2016

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered Penn State Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center and PinnacleHealth System to pause their merger as the Federal Trade Commission reviews antitrust concerns about the deal, reversing the agency's prior loss in the case.

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