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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]

Making the Cancer “Moonshot” a Reality

February 9, 2016 by Robert Rowley

Cancer treatment, like all of American healthcare, is at a crossroads. America spends more per person on healthcare than any other country in the world, and cancer care costs have been rising faster than other medical costs. Despite incurring the highest costs, we are not getting our money’s worth. America does not have the lowest cancer death rates.[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]

5 Healthcare Industry Issues of 2016

January 25, 2016 by Moira O'Connell

It’s only the beginning of 2016, but we've been keeping a close eye on the upcoming healthcare trends for the year. Thanks to the annual Healthcare Issues report by the Health Research Institute of PricewaterhouseCooper (that highlights 10 major issues for the healthcare industry), we are able to take a deeper look into what the New Year may hold for the healthcare industry as a whole. From mobile health to Mergers and Acquisitions, let’s look at the first 5 healthcare industry issues bound to take root this year.[read more]

Pharmacy Trends | Top 5 Pharmacy Trends for 2016

January 15, 2016 by Danyell Jones

2015 has been an extraordinary year for the Pharmacy Industry complete with reimbursement changes, regulatory changes, new drug approvals, and even political changes. Discover the most impactful pharmacy trends of 2015 and 2016.[read more]

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Does Legalized Marijuana Impact the Healthcare Industry?

January 4, 2016 by Ryan Kh

While it’s true that cannabis can become habit forming, it is also true that for many, cannabis helps more than it hurts. So, what does that truly mean for our healthcare industry?[read more]

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Time for some healthcare New Year’s resolutions

December 17, 2015 by Paul Tunnah
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It’s that time of year for many people to head off for a festive break before seeing out the year. It’s a time for reflection – on what has been good and bad about 2015 – and the chance to make pledges to do things better in 2016.Healthcare has seen some real evolution this year. The value of patient engagement has started to be truly...[read more]

Video: The Future of Medicine in Nigeria Depends on Radiology

December 10, 2015 by Erica Carnevale

We spoke with Professor Gbolahan Awosanya, Professor of Radiology, Provost Lagos State University College of Medicine, Nigeria, at RSNA 2015 about the future of medicine in his country.Dr. Awosanya said that radiology will play a vital role in providing effective healthcare to citizens, but that there are several issues the country must...[read more]

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The Cost of Quality Medical Supplies

December 2, 2015 by Ryan Kh
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Medical supplies play a key role in the overall patient care plan. Subpar equipment can lead to poor quality or delayed treatment or, worse, infection induced from faulty or unsterile equipment. If you operate a primary hospital, nursing care facility, or any other type of patient care center, you should understand the role quality medical supplies play on a daily basis within your practice.[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]

4 Healthcare Trends Set into Motion by the ACA

November 18, 2015 by Moira O'Connell
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2015 marks the Affordable Care Act's 5th anniversary. Five years later, the ACA has sparked change in the healthcare ecosystem and is continuing to churn the wheel of change. But what changes should healthcare organizations expect for the future?[read more]

HIPAA Basics For Licensed Health Care Professionals: Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules

November 16, 2015 by Katie Brant

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued a HIPAA fact sheet for health care professionals and organizations. We could all use a little refresher from time-to-time.[read more]