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20 Jan 2020

VTN ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY TO BUY OR SELL USED MEDICAL EQUIPMENT

Vein Therapy News has added an economical new advertising opportunity to get rid of  or acquire used medical devices: “Buy or Sell Used Medical Equipment.” Physicians have asked for a forum for moving their older medical equipment that is taking up room in their offices. Publications & Communications Inc., Vein

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16 Jan 2020

ONE-ON-ONE WITH TRUMP’S MEDICARE AND MEDICAID CHIEF SEEMA VERMA

By Sarah Varney Seema Verma, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, sat down for a rare one-on-one interview with Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Sarah Varney. They discussed her views on President Donald Trump’s plan for sustaining public health insurance programs, how the administration would respond if Obamacare

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09 Jan 2020

REDUCE HEALTH COSTS BY NURTURING THE SICKEST? A MUCH-TOUTED IDEA DISAPPOINTS

  By Dan Gorenstein and Leslie Walker   Improving health and lowering costs for the sickest and most expensive patients in America is a dream harder to realize than many health care leaders had hoped, according to a study published Jan.8 by the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers tested whether pairing frequently hospitalized

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19 Dec 2019

FUJIFILM PLANS TO ACQUIRE HITACHI’S MEDICAL IMAGING BUSINESS

  Fujifilm is planning to acquire Hitachi’s medical imaging business in hopes of competing with larger global rivals in the space, according to a Dec. 18 report in Nikkei Asian Review. The purchase of the division could run just north of $1.55 billion, estimates the Review, and is expected to place

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19 Dec 2019

FEDERAL APPEALS COURT STRIKES DOWN PORTION OF OBAMACARE

By  Julie Rovner   A federal appeals court panel in New Orleans dealt another blow to the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, agreeing with a lower-court judge that the portion of the health law requiring most people to have coverage is unconstitutional now that Congress has eliminated the tax penalty that

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16 Dec 2019

ANALYSIS: IN MEDICAL BILLING, FRAUDULENT CHARGES WEIRDLY PASS AS LEGAL

By Elisabeth Rosenthal Much of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector. I have been circling around this conclusion for the past five years, as I’ve listened to patients’ stories while covering health care as a journalist and author. Now, after

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13 Nov 2019

CMS VERMA ATTACKS CRITICS OF MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENT, PUSHES FOR TIGHTER ELIGIBILITY

By Phil Galewitz Seema Verma, the Trump administration’s top Medicaid official, Nov. 12  sharply attacked critics of her plan to force some Medicaid enrollees to work, a policy that led to thousands of people losing coverage in Arkansas. “We cannot allow those who prefer the status quo to weaponize the legal

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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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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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