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Final Meaningful Use Rule Wont Make Providers Happy

The federal government at the start of the Labor Day weekend finalized a rule to add flexibility to attesting for Medicare and Medicaid Stages 1 and 2 of meaningful use during 2014. But for many providers, the relief is too little too late.The final rule, ... [Published Health Data Management - 1 hour ago]
First reported 7 hours ago - Updated 2 hours ago - 4 reports

Boston Scientific Announces Primary Endpoint Results of NECTAR-HF Clinical Trial

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.The study evaluated 96 New York Heart Association (NYHA) Class II-III patients with heart failure and an ejection fraction of less than 35%. All patients continued receiving optimal medical treatment for heart failure, but were randomized ... [Published Bio-Medicine - 3 hours ago]
First reported Aug 29 2014 - Updated 6 hours ago - 7 reports

Wal-Mart: Health care disruptor?

29 Mins AgoWal-Mart says it wants to be the price leader and disruptor in health care, especially in primary care. CNBC's Bertha Coombs discusses their new health care strategy. ... [Published CNBC - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 29 2014 - Updated 8 hours ago - 6 reports

NIH to begin trials for experimental Ebola vaccine

ACCA Clinical Decision-Making Toolkit mobile app helps to take decision fastBariatric surgery can provide valuable benefits to the brainResearchers explore connections in TFNs to evaluate role assortativity plays on robustnessKIT spinoff amcure develops ... [Published News-Medical.Net - 13 hours ago]
First reported Aug 29 2014 - Updated 10 hours ago - 4 reports

Tax forms create challenge for HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON - The federal agency that had trouble launching a health insurance website last fall has a massive new project. Any glitches on t ... ... [Published Burlington Hawk Eye - 10 hours ago]
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 8 reports

CMS Approves Pennsylvania's Alternative Medicaid Expansion Plan

CMS has approved Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's (R) alternative plan to expand the state's Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, the Washington Post 's " GovBeat " reports (Millman, "GovBeat," Washington Post , 8/28).The approval makes Pennsylvania ... [Published California Healthline - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 7 reports

CMS to withhold even more data from Open Payment database

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid will likely withhold more data upon the public launch of the Open Payments database, which aims to disclose potential conflicts of interest among doctors, according to ProPublica . CMS confirmed two weeks ago that about ... [Published Fierce Healthcare - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 29 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 3 reports

ICD-10 Testing Dates Announced by CMS

Three ICD-10 testing dates have been announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). These dates will take place ahead of October 1, 2015. At this date all providers and facilities covered must be fully compliant with ICD-10.Testing ... [Published HIMSS - Aug 29 2014]
Entities: ICD-10, Medicare, Medicaid
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 4 reports

Orgentec to acquire Corgenix Medical

Germany-based Orgentec Diagnostika has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Corgenix Medical, a developer and marketer of diagnostic test kits.As part of the deal, Corgenix shareholders will receive $0.27 in cash for each share of common stock, ... [Published Medical Devices Business Review - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 3 reports

NFP Hospitals' Revenue Growth at 'All-Time Low'

Marking a second consecutive year of weak financial performance at not-for-profit hospitals, 2013 expenses outpaced revenue growth in the sector and similar results are expected this year, according to Moody's Investors Service.In a median report released ... [Published Health Leaders - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 9 reports

Covidien acquires VenaSeal system provider Sapheon

Ireland-based Covidien has acquired venous disease treatments developer Sapheon, for an undisclosed amount.US-based Sapheon develops and manufactures VenaSeal system, which uses specially formulated medical adhesive to close the great saphenous vein in ... [Published Medical Devices Business Review - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 28 2014 - Updated Aug 29 2014 - 5 reports

Florida Prostate Cancer Specialist Challenges Robotic Surgical System

A prominent Florida prostate cancer specialist is leading a groundswell of physicians and prostate cancer patients challenging the efficacy of a popular robotic surgical treatment marketed and promoted into near ubiquitous use in hospitals across the ... [Published Surgical Products - Aug 29 2014]

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