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Shootout in Pennsylvania Hospital

It seems we cannot catch a break with public shootings; but thanks to a heroic doctor, the damage this time was limited. Richard Plotts, a patient at Wellness Center at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, went into an office with a caseworker and things escalated quickly from there. The case worker was killed, and if it weren’t …more

Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Federal Insurance Subsidies

Should the IRS be able to offer subsidies to low and middle income Americans who live in one of the 34 states that do not have their own insurance exchanges? A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is legal, 3-0. However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the …more

AHA Spends $1MM Already on Ads that Back GOP Incumbents

The American Hospital Association is spending large amounts of money on TV commercial ads backing congressional Republican incumbents, who have been on good terms with the hospital industry. $1MM so far to be exact. So how much is $1MM really? In comparison to 2012 elections, $1MM is what they spent the entire election cycle. The …more

CMS Creates Fund to Seed State-based Medicaid Innovation

Over $100 million is being set aside by the CMS over the next five years specifically for Medicaid purposes. It is part of an effort called the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program that launched just a couple of days ago. Its purpose is to identify and share effective ways to provide Medicaid services while lowering costs. …more

New Cook County Health CEO Must Find Millions in Savings–Stat

John Jay Shannon, previously second in command at Cook County Health, has been promoted to CEO of one of the largest health systems in America. Just like any other public hospital system, Cook County Health often operates at a deficit. Shannon has a task now to narrow this budget, by $67 million in just four …more

House GOP Moves Ahead On Suing Obama

The office of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) released a draft that would authorize the House to file a suit against President Barack Obama. In 2013, Obama changed the health care law without the vote of Congress and waived the employer mandate and the penalties. Click here to read more!

Only 1% of Eligible Meaningful Use Stage 2 Facilities Succeeded

About 1000 physicians and other eligible healthcare professionals have attested in 2014 to meeting the more strict Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements. However, only 10 facilities have done so through the first half their program year. Although it is a small number, it only accounts for the first three months since Stage 2 requires 90 …more

Consolidation Could Be Next for Academic Medical Centers

Academic medical centers are considered creme of the crop healthcare institutions in America. It is however, becoming a nightmare to fund such highly advanced facilities. The University of Arizona Health Network is the only academic medical center in Arizona and has been, “undercapitalized”, according to Michael Waldrum, M.D., president and CEO of UAHN. The University decided …more

Doctors, Nurses Urge Action Following Hobby Lobby Decision

The United States Supreme Court recently made a decision, 5-4, that four types of contraceptives do not have to be provided by privately held companies if owners have religious objections. This was a win for religious fanatics, but that’s as far it goes. The American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the American Academy of …more

Obama To Nominate Former P&G Chief McDonald As Next VA Secretary

President Barack Obama plans on nominating former Proctor & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the next Veterans Affairs secretary. McDonald graduated near the top of his class at the prestigious West Point and served as a captain in the Army. To read more, Click Here!

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