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Kindred Healthcare Inc. To Pay $125 Million to Settle Allegations of False Claims

February 9, 2016 by Katie Brant

Kindred Healthcare Inc. (Kindred), the largest skilled therapy provider in the nation, has agreed to pay $125 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act (FCA). Kindred is accused of billing Medicare for therapy services that were unnecessary or never occurred, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced January 12, 2016.[read more]

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What Can We Learn From European Hospice Care and Life Insurance Policies?

February 8, 2016 by Charlie Kimball
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Worldwide, health care continues to be a hot topic for debate. No one can seem to agree on what system is best. In the United States, healthcare is different compared to other countries and many people long for a universal health care system like the types found in Europe and elsewhere around the globe. When it comes to hospice care and life insurance, there may be several things the United States can learn from Europe.[read more]

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How the Healthcare Industry Has Reduced Aggravation For Patients

February 8, 2016 by Ryan Kh

The delivery of health care has changed significantly in recent years. Technological advances have made better treatment possible, while changes on the regulatory landscape and in the best practices for providing service have also had a significant impact. As a result, patients' lives are improving dramatically.[read more]

Healthcare Patient Payment Liability Just Ain’t What it Used to Be

February 3, 2016 by Phil C. Solomon

The ACA, with its comprehensive health insurance reforms, has initiated a growing trend that has placed more financial accountability on the shoulders of consumers. Hospitals and health systems are embracing consumerism and are preparing for greater levels of out-of-pocket (OOP) patient liability.[read more]

Are House Calls for You?

January 28, 2016 by Michael Jones
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Not sure which practice model is right for you? An increasing number of physicians are looking toward a growing specialty that has its roots in the past. If you don’t think doctors make house calls anymore, think again.[read more]

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Why Clinicians Need to Embrace Their HIT Teams

January 25, 2016 by Edgar Wilson

Information silos grow from professional silos. Reconnecting means redefining membership of the healthcare team to include new occupations.[read more]

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What we should know about hospice fraud and whistleblower reward programm

January 22, 2016 by Charlie Kimball

Until the early 2000’s, Hospice Care services were dominated by small, local, non-profit organizations; but since then big business has begun to discover and view “end-of-life care” as a golden goose investment opportunity, and they are currently making billions of dollars.[read more]

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The Rise of Precision Medicine: Viable, but Challenge Lies Ahead

January 21, 2016 by Eugene Borukhovich

In 2015's State of the Union address, President Obama announced the funding for a precision medicine initiative intended to help spur the growth of genetics-based medical treatment. This article examines why now is the perfect time for precision medicine to thrive, what the current downfalls for the industry now, and takes a look at who will be in a position to win the market share when the industry takes off. [read more]

FDA’s Agenda for 2016: Biggest Issues on Agency’s Calendar for the New Year

January 13, 2016 by Katie Brant

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has great influence on a vast array of issues impacting the medical industry in the U.S. The decisions it makes in 2016 will have a significant impact for health care providers and on the lives of many Americans. Here is a look at the top issues on the agency’s agenda in 2016.[read more]

Nurses who fight the flu shot

January 6, 2016 by Michael Jones

Nurses who refuse to get the flu vaccine may get fired, or in some cases, may be forced to wear masks, even if they have no direct patient contact. It can be difficult to know how many nurses refuse to get the vaccine, but there are 30,000 members of the Nurses Against Mandatory Vaccines Facebook Page.[read more]

Head of the DOJ's Antitrust Division Raises Concerns About Two Proposed Mega-Mergers Between Leading Health Insurers

November 20, 2015 by Katie Brant

The anticipated mergers between four leading health insurers, namely, Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc., and Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp., are causing quite a stir among the American Medical Association (AMA) and antitrust enforcers. They view these mergers as being detrimental to competition and a possible violation of antitrust laws and principles.[read more]

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Theranos for President?

November 17, 2015 by Edgar Wilson

In an election year, it is normal for hype to overwhelm scrutiny--but not when the subject is health technology. Theranos has risen high on a good story, but we need more than a narrative from the disruptive forces in American medicine.[read more]