12 Sep 2019

BREAKING NEWS: Purdue Pharma reaches $12B settlement for OxyContin role in opioid epidemic

    BREAKING NEWS: OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has tentatively reached a settlement with more than 2,000 cities and counties, as well as with 23 state attorneys general who sued the company over its alleged role in the U.S. opioid epidemic. Under the proposed deal, the Sackler family — which owns

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11 Sep 2019

HEALTH INSURANCE HUSTLE: PRIVATE INSURERS LAUGH ABOUT FIGHTING FRAUD

By Marshall Allen ProPublica   Like most of us, William Murphy dreads calling health insurance companies. They route him onto a rollercoaster of irrelevant voice menus, and when he finally reaches a human, it’s a customer service rep who has no idea what he’s talking about. Then it can take days

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06 Sep 2019

A GROUPON DEAL: DEALS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT? WELCOME TO TODAY’S U.S. HEALTHCARE

By Lauren Weber KHS illustration by Lynne Shallcross     Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon. Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted fitness classes and foosball

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06 Sep 2019

COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR SEPT. 26 WILL LAUNCH IAC’S NEW IAC WEBINAR PORTAL

  An IAC complimentary webinar, “Venous Disease: The Gravitational Challenge,” will be offered at 1 p.m. ET Sept. 26. Participation in this IAC webinar is voluntary, and registered participants will receive 1.0 SVU CME credit.  This webinar will introduce IAC’s new IAC Webinar Portal.     Melody Heffline, MSN, RN,

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04 Sep 2019

TRUMP’S‘PHENOMENAL’ HEALTH PLAN: WHAT MIGHT THAT LOOK LIKE?

By Julia Appleby   While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be “phenomenal” and make the GOP “the party of health care.” Last month, Medicare chief Seema Verma said, “We’re actively

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03 Sep 2019

DOCTOR FIRED: CATHOLIC HOSPITAL SETS OFF NATIONAL CHALLENGE TO AID-IN-DYING LAWS

By JoNel Aleccia KHN photos by Heidi de Marco   Dr. Barbara Morris, a geriatrician with Centura Health, was recently fired for wanting to help her patient with Colorado’s End of Life Options Act. A Catholic-run health system in Denver, Colorado, has fired a veteran doctor who went to court to

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27 Aug 2019

PHARMA CASH ROLLS INTO CONGRESS TO DEFEND AN EMBATTLED INDUSTRY

  By Emmarie Huetteman, Jay Hancock and Elizabeth Lucas   In the heat of the most ferocious battle over drug prices in years, pharmaceutical companies are showering U.S. senators with campaign cash as sweeping legislation heads toward the floor. In the first six months of this year alone, political action

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26 Aug 2019

RA MEDICAL SYSTEMS RECEIVES NYSE NOTICE RELATED TO DELAY IN FORM 10-Q FILING

           Ra Medical Systems, Inc., a medical device company focusing on commercializing excimer laser systems to treat vascular and dermatological diseases, has announced that it received a notice from the NYSE indicating that Ra Medical is not in compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing requirements under the timely filing criteria

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26 Aug 2019

BACKLOG OF VA HEALTH RECORD DIGITIZATION WOULD STACK 5 MILES HIGH

Despite the Veterans Health Administration reporting in July that they have transferred 23.5 million health records, covering some 78 billion data points, from the VA EHR to a shared data center with the DOD, if every single one of the paper documents that still need to be digitized at VA

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26 Aug 2019

First vaping death from a serious lung disease sparks concern

  We don’t know much about it, but the Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Aug. 23 the death of a patient who developed a serious lung disease after vaping. No name, age, hometown or date of death was given, but it is believed to be the first fatality

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