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State highlights: Calif.'s Prop. 45 fight; new benefits for same sex couples in N.C.; Aetna sheds jobs after Medicaid ...

A selection of health policy stories from California, North Carolina, Delaware, New York, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida and Kansas.

Research roundup: Malpractice reforms and doctors' practice; Medicaid expansion's effect

Defensive medicine is considered by many to be a major source of wasteful medical spending in the United States.

Second healthcare worker in Texas tests positive for Ebola

A second healthcare worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan has tested positive for Ebola, the Texas Department of State Health Services announced.

PlushCare, the Virtual Health Concierge, Connects Patients Anywhere With Same-Day, Best in Class Medical Care From ...

PlushCare, the virtual healthcare concierge, today announced that it has emerged from beta to virtually connect any patient with online doctors educated at world-class medical schools Stanford and UCSF. ...

HealthCare.gov testing to be confidential

The new HealthCare.gov is set to open for broad testing by insurers on Tuesday, but they’re not going to be publicly talking – or tweeting – about it.

Bad software was not to blame for sending Dallas Ebola patient home

U.S. healthcare has many flaws, faults and failings, but blaming software or “workflow” for not running a basic diagnostic test when circumstances warrant should not be considered one of them.

Insurers back away from Corbett’s Medicaid expansion plan

Some health insurers are having trouble finding doctors and hospitals to accept low rates under Gov. Tom Corbett’s Medicaid expansion plan, leading one company to ...

U.S. Whistleblower Cases Soar in Health and Pharma (Op-Ed)

Neil Getnick is managing partner of the law firm Getnick & Getnick L.L.P. in New York and has handled many whistleblower cases in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Whistleblower laws have been emerging as a prominent part of the healthcare landscape in the United States — and September 2014 provided a good vantage point to see where this trend is heading. Healthcare and pharmaceutical ...

Falcon Physician Receives Stage 2 Meaningful Use Certification

DENVER, Sept. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Falcon Physician, a provider of electronic health record (EHR) software to nephrologists and a subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners, a leading provider of kidney care and health care services, announced that it has successfully completed the rigorous requirements needed to become certified for Meaningful Use Stage 2. Falcon Physician received ...

New study shows that the savings from 'tort reform' are mythical

"Tort reform," which is usually billed as the answer to "frivolous malpractice lawsuits," has been a central plank in the Republican program for healthcare reform for decades.


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