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Mar 05, 2016

The state of Rhode Island has stopped Memorial Hospital from moving forward with plans to close some units.

Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket said Monday that it planned to layoff employees and close its birthing center, one of its surgical departments and its intensive care unit.

Two days later, it sent the state an application requesting to close its birthing center.

The very next day, the Director of Rhode Island's Department of Health, Nicole Alexander-Scott, released...

Mar 04, 2016
An Illinois doctor Friday became the 10th person convicted in a scheme to pay physicians kickbacks in exchange for referrals to Chicago's now shuttered Sacred Heart Hospital.

A federal jury convicted Dr. Venkateswara Kuchipudi on one count of conspiring to defraud the government, and on nine counts of illegally receiving benefits from referring patients covered by federal healthcare programs. Each count carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according...

Mar 04, 2016

The Supreme Court on Friday blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that could force all but one of the state's abortion clinics to close, a sign that a similar law in Texas also could be in peril.

The justices effectively reversed an order by the federal appeals court in New Orleans that allowed Louisiana to begin enforcing its 2014 clinic regulation law even as it is being challenged in the courts.

The law requires doctors who provide abortions to have admitting privileges at...

Mar 04, 2016
HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley in New York state was awarded $88.7 million in state funds to upgrade and redevelop two of its campuses.

The Kingston-based health system received the funds after completing a “competitive grant process,” according to a news release. The grant is part of the Capital Restructuring Financing Program from the New York State Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

HealthAlliance will use the money to rebuild its Mary'...

Mar 04, 2016

There may finally be one thing Republicans hate more than ObamaCare: TrumpCare.

The GOP front-runner, after weeks of talking in vague terms about his plans for the health care system, put out a seven-point proposal Wednesday night, just in time for the GOP debate in Detroit and four more primary contests this weekend.

But within hours, Republican opinion leaders in health care were already piling on.

“It has the look and feel of something that a 22-year-old...

Mar 04, 2016

A federal advisory panel has chosen the influenza virus strains to be used in vaccine production for the 2016-1017 flu season, alleviating some concerns about a possible supply shortage because of potential manufacturing delays.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's advisory committee recommended the California variant for the H1N1 and Hong Kong variations of the H3N2 strains of the influenza virus. It chose the Brisbane variation of influenza B to comprise the strains for the...

Mar 04, 2016

The CMS is once again putting the brakes on an initiative meant to curb prescribing abuse in the Medicare Part D program.

In March 2014, the agency finalized a rule that mandated doctors and other medical professionals enroll in Medicare to prescribe drugs that are paid for by the federal healthcare program.

The enforcement date, most recently set for Jan. 1, 2016, has moved at least three times. In a letter sent directly to Part D plans on March 1, the CMS stated it is again...

Mar 04, 2016
Hospitals have been the engines of job growth in the healthcare sector over the past year, but doctors' offices and outpatient centers handily hired more people in February.

Hospitals added 10,600 jobs last month. However, ambulatory healthcare settings, such as physician practices and dentist offices, hired 23,600 people. The industry added 38,100 jobs in February, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a shade more than what was added in January.

Hiring increased across...

Mar 04, 2016

A selection of opinions from around the country.

The Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump’s Health-Care Plan And Where The ‘Repeal And Replace’ Slogan Falls Short
The health-care plan detailed by Donald Trump begins with the repeal of Obamacare, which it would replace with a series of changes Mr. Trump hopes that Congress would enact. They include: allowing the sale of insurance across state boundaries, turning Medicaid into block grants to the states, allowing people to...

Mar 04, 2016

Here is a selection of news coverage of recent health research.

Health Affairs: Understanding Characteristics Of Likely Marketplace Enrollees And How They Choose Plans
In 2015, adults likely to have enrolled in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace were predominantly non-Hispanic whites and, on average, older and more aware of the availability of Marketplace subsidies than adults who remained uninsured. Enrollees were also significantly more likely than adults who remained...