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Sep 17, 2018

TriMedx plans to buy Aramark's Healthcare Technologies business for $300 million, the organizations announced Monday.

Aramark's Charlotte, N.C.-based Healthcare Technologies segment provides a variety of services ranging from repair and maintenance of imaging equipment to outsourcing of clinical engineering support to more than 500 providers nationwide. The deal will allow TriMedx, which is an independent business owned by Ascension and investment firm TowerBrook Capital Partners, to...

Sep 17, 2018

Starting Oct. 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs will step in to manage about 81,000 authorizations for the ongoing private-sector care of approximately 50,000 veterans in the VA Choice program.

Lawmakers and providers are watching how the VA handles the responsibility as the department is poised to take a larger role in processing claims thanks to the recently passed VA Mission Act.

Health Net Federal Services, one of two payers in charge of the private medical networks of...

Sep 17, 2018
The White House has approved HHS' plan to launch a patient safety database for ambulatory surgery centers, as more of the facilities pop up across the country and represent a bigger share of healthcare providers.

The ambulatory surgery center database will be similar to other HHS programs in place hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies. The Office of Management and Budget posted an approval notice Friday for the ASC database.

HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality wanted to...

Sep 17, 2018

Following a multimillion-dollar operating loss in 2017, Summa Health in the first half of this year managed to achieve a $43 million turnaround of its finances and is back in the black.

Dr. Cliff Deveny, the system's interim CEO who in the spring signed on for a second year at the helm, credits the turnaround not to one grand move, but to a lot of "blocking and tackling" and work across the system to lower costs and increase access. For example: expanding hours, moving SummaCare to a...

Sep 16, 2018
Another clinical trial has added more evidence against the fairly common practice of prescribing aspirin to healthy older adults in order to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease.

The clinical trial, which ran from 2010 to 2014 and included 19,114 individuals 70 years and older from the U.S. and Australia, found that a low daily dose of aspirin only marginally decreased a patient's risk of cardiovascular disease while significantly increasing the patient's risk of hemorrhage....

Sep 14, 2018

Managed-care organization Heritage Provider Network, based in Marina del Rey, Calif., has focused on accountable care and value-based care since its inception in 1979. Now, its network of more than 3,700 primary-care physicians and 12,000 specialists serves more than 1 million patients in Arizona, California, Missouri and New York. Dr. Richard Merkin has led the network from the beginning and continues to look for cutting-edge treatment and innovative solutions to improve care. Modern...

Sep 14, 2018
Healthcare CEOs haven't been bolting under the weight of #MeToo accusations at nearly the same rate as other industries, but the sector is not immune to surprise exits.

Athenahealth co-founder and CEO Jonathan Bush, for example, left swiftly in June amid allegations of physical abuse and sexual harassment. But there are other reasons, too. The CEO of PinnacleHealth, currently UPMC Pinnacle, stepped down suddenly last year, reportedly to “seek an alternative career path.” In Ohio, Summa...

Sep 14, 2018

Fed up with rising healthcare costs, Dove Healthcare, a skilled-nursing facility in South Eau Claire, Wis., opted to do away with its Medica high-deductible health plans and offer its 500 full-time workers coverage with no deductibles and no coinsurance through startup Bind Benefits.

The plan features lower premiums and straightforward copayments; employees can use a web tool to determine copayments before buying a healthcare service.

“With other plans we've had, you may not...

Sep 14, 2018
Despite being the country's smallest state, Rhode Island is home to a whole lot of activity aimed at getting healthcare costs under control.

Brown University in Providence is putting $550,000 from a New York not-for-profit organization to work, drilling into the state's all-payer claims database to measure healthcare performance and try to figure out how to make the information useful to consumers, payers and providers.

Parallel to that effort, a governor-appointed steering committee...

Sep 14, 2018
Sept. 16-18: Vendors, consultants and others will meet in Santa Clara, Calif., at the 12th annual Health 2.0 conference to discuss “what's next in health tech.” That means, of course, lots of talk of interoperability, AI and other tantalizingly elusive buzzwords. Data-sharing will also be a big topic. Cerner Corp. Senior Vice President of DeviceWorks and Interoperability John Gresham will talk about how traditional electronic health record vendors, spurred on by Apple, are approaching data...