04 Nov 2019

  RETURN TO SENDER: A SINGLE UNDELIVERABLE LETTER CAN MEAN LOSING MEDICAID

                  By Markian Hawryluk   Forty-two boxes of returned mail lined a wall of the El Paso County Department of Human Services office on a recent fall morning. There used to be three times as many. Every week, the U.S. Postal Service brings anywhere

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31 Oct 2019

 RA MEDICAL SYSTEMS DETAILS SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF AUDIT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION

  Ra Medical Systems Inc., a medical device company focusing on commercializing excimer laser systems to treat vascular and dermatological diseases, announced Oct. 31 that the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has substantially completed its internal investigation, announced in August. The Audit Committee, assisted by independent legal counsel,

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30 Oct 2019

IVUS invaluable for precise iliac vein treatment; SVS Study free to public through Dec. 31

 In a large series of iliac vein stent cases, a blinded comparison found intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) superior to venography in determining the proper location of treatment zones.   Researchers from The RANE Center at St. Dominic’s Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Miss., have performed a retrospective, single-center cohort study of 155

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29 Oct 2019

NOTHING BUT NET: MARK CUBAN LOOKING FOR NEW WAY TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE

  Dallas Maverick basketball owner Mark Cuban surprised attendees at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas in October with a thoughtful approach to a new business model to pay for healthcare. Serial investor, TV personality and Dallas Mavericks’ owner Cuban wants to use his own efforts to replace many of the core

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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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