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Aug 21, 2015

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.

The Washington Post's Plum Line: Why The GOP Presidential Candidates Can’t Reform Health Care
In the last few days, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio released health care plans, and other Republican candidates are sure to follow soon. Most will probably be pretty similar, even if some are more fully fleshed out than others. But they’ll all share one feature, the thing that tells you that they aren’t even remotely...

Aug 21, 2015

Health care stories are reported from Texas, New York, North Carolina, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Florida, Maryland and Connecticut.

The Associated Press: Dallas Hospital With Link To JFK Moves To New $1.3B Building
About 600 patients were moved Thursday into a new $1.3 billion hospital in Dallas that replaces an aging facility memorialized in U.S. history as the place John F. Kennedy was pronounced dead after his assassination. Some 1,700 staff members and volunteers...

Aug 21, 2015

More than 2 million people with coverage on the health insurance exchanges may be missing out on subsidies that could lower their deductibles, copayments and maximum out-of-pocket spending limits, according to a new analysis by Avalere Health.

Those who may be missing out are people with incomes between 100 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level ($11,770 to $29,425). Under the health law, people at those income levels are eligible for cost-sharing reductions that can...

Aug 20, 2015

A proposed regulation issued in March by the key federal healthcare information technology policy agency will affect how providers meet and attest for completion of their meaningful-use objectives under the federal electronic health record incentive payment.

The 431-page proposed rule by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology seeks to change how EHR developers test and certify their software, a requirement if it is to be used by hospitals, office-...

Aug 20, 2015
Health and wellness firm Healthways has fired Matthew Michela, its chief operating officer, less than a year after he earned a promotion. Michela plans on filing a lawsuit in response.

Healthways disclosed the termination in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing Thursday. A public relations firm representing Healthways said the company would not comment beyond the filing.

Michela intends to file a lawsuit saying Healthways “breached its contract with him,” according to the...

Aug 20, 2015

Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services will lease space to own and operate healthcare clinics in multiple Walgreens drugstores across Oregon and Washington state.

The deal marks the first time Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreens Boots Alliance has allowed a health system to own and operate its in-store healthcare clinics, and it's the first time Providence has placed providers in a drugstore setting. Together, the companies plan to outfit up to 25 stores with clinics within...

Aug 20, 2015

Health officials and providers are scrambling to find ways to fight antibiotic-resistant infections, which can affect 1 in 25 hospital patients and can kill 23,000 people every year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns of a “tipping point” where an increasing number of germs no longer respond to the drugs used to combat them. The federal agency has been pushing the issue of responsible antibiotic use by physicians and the coordination and sharing of information of...

Aug 20, 2015

Back in the heyday of fee-for-service, having fast-food outlets in a hospital food court may have made financial sense. But in this era of fee-for-value, population health and maintaining wellness, Cleveland Clinic has decided not to renew the long-term lease in its flagship hospital's food court with a McDonald's franchisee.

“As a part of Cleveland Clinic's commitment to health and wellness, we have made a number of changes across our health system over the past 10 years that promote...

Aug 20, 2015
Sharp HealthCare's financial performance remained strong last quarter, continuing what has been solid growth in recent years as the system steadily gains market share.

The San Diego-based system ended its third quarter with operating revenue and surplus that exceeded budget, even before Sharp received an additional $47 million from California's hospital fee program.

The fee program revenue—awarded to hospitals for care of patients in Medi-Cal—contributed to a 129% increase in...

Aug 20, 2015

The emergency, urgent care and labor and delivery departments at the new Parkland Hospital opened in Dallas at 6 a.m. Thursday. A half hour later, the three-day process began to move some 650 patients from the old hospital, built in 1954, over to the new $1.3 billion, 2.5 million-square-foot facility.

Parkland, which serves as the area's main safety net and teaching hospital, experienced its first birth at 9:40 a.m. It was a boy delivered via C-section.

Mike Malaise, Parkland...