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Jul 12, 2018

Cleveland Clinic said it has formed a strategic collaboration with a medical group in China to bring value-based, patient-centered healthcare to Shanghai New Hong Qiao International Medical Center.

Through the collaboration, Luye Medical Group becomes the first member of Cleveland Clinic Connected, an international program that allows patients around the world to connect with Cleveland Clinic's best practices and technology. The goal is to improve patient care delivery in the United...

Jul 12, 2018
InTouch Health will partner with Rite Aid to bring kiosks into Rite Aid pharmacies to provide virtual healthcare, the company announced Thursday.

InTouch already works with more than 130 health systems, including the Cleveland Clinic and Providence St. Joseph's Health, providing its InTouch Operating System telehealth platform. By signing a letter of intent to work with Rite Aid, the company is moving into the pharmacy space.

Rite Aid will own the kiosks themselves, while InTouch...

Jul 12, 2018
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to more aggressively fight medication shortages that recently have led to rationing of some drugs and disrupted hospital operations.

The FDA said Thursday that it's forming a task force to find ways to improve the supply of crucial drugs. It's a new approach for the drug regulator, which has no control over companies. It generally can't act until drugmakers say shortages are imminent.

Many shortages involve low-profit generic pills and...

Jul 12, 2018

Democrats in the Senate are gearing up to fight President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh. They argue he is not only a potential threat to abortion rights, but also to the Affordable Care Act.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration continues its efforts to undermine the workings of the Affordable Care Act. This week,...

Jul 12, 2018

Foxconn is hoping a data venture with Advocate Aurora Health will help it commercialize a program that company officials claim has already lowered healthcare costs and improved care for some of its 1.2 million employees in Taiwan and China.

The Taiwanese company—the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer—announced a partnership Thursday with the newly formed Advocate Aurora Health to combine its technology products with the health system's population health expertise. The...

Jul 12, 2018

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Despite receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer money, Medicaid insurers are lax in ferreting out fraud and neglect to tell states about unscrupulous medical providers, according to a federal report released Thursday.

The U.S. Health and Human Services’ inspector general’s office said a third of the health plans it examined had referred fewer than 10 cases each of suspected...

Jul 12, 2018

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The Trump administration’s decision Tuesday to slash funding to nonprofit groups that help Americans buy individual health insurance coverage sparked outrage from advocates of the Affordable Care Act. Using words like “immoral” and “cold-hearted,” they saw it as the Republicans’ latest act of sabotage against the sweeping health law.

But as the ACA’s sixth open-enrollment period...

Jul 11, 2018
The CMS proposed boosting dialysis facilities' pay and changing how the agency pays for durable medical equipment.

In a proposed rule released Wednesday, the CMS made some technical changes to its payment methodology for these providers. The changes will result in a 1.7%, or $190 million, increase in reimbursement. On top of that, dialysis centers should receive an additional $30 million in co-pays from Medicare beneficiaries, bringing their total pay bump to $220 million.

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Jul 11, 2018
Humana and private equity firms TPG Capital and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe have completed the acquisitions of Curo Health Services and Kindred Healthcare, paving the way for the creation of the country's largest hospice operator.

The trio announced in April they intended to combine Mooresville, N.C.-based Curo with the hospice business of Kindred at Home, a transaction first announced in December and that closed on July 2.

Curo, formerly owned by Thomas H. Lee Partners,...

Jul 11, 2018

HHS is looking to launch a patient safety database for ambulatory surgery centers as more facilities open around the nation.

HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has asked the White House's Office of Management Budget for permission to launch the database, similar to others it has for hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies.

"The expanding volume and scope of ASC services, the growing attention of federal regulators on patient safety within ASCs, and the resultant...

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