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  • Should doctors 'fire' unvaccinated patients?

    February 16, 2012 (10:01 AM)

    More physicians are turning away families who refuse to vaccinate their children, but some health care experts argue that the physicians may be violating their responsibility to those patients, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • GOP senators to unveil Medicare overhaul plan

    February 16, 2012 (10:56 AM)

    Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) on Thursday will unveil a Medicare reform plan that would raise the eligibility age, hasten the transition for many beneficiaries into private insurance plans and increase premiums for high-income beneficiaries.

  • Two simple tests may predict your dementia, stroke risk

    February 16, 2012 (10:05 AM)

    Walking speed and hand grip strength during middle age may help predict an individual's dementia and stroke risk, according to new findings that are slated to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting in April.

  • Done deal? Lawmakers strike doc fix accord

    February 16, 2012 (10:45 AM)

    Lawmakers on Wednesday finalized an agreement to delay scheduled Medicare physician pay cuts for 10 months, prompting backlash from physicians who vehemently called for a permanent fix.

  • Joint Commission unveils tool to avoid wrong-site surgeries

    February 16, 2012 (6:30 AM)

    The Joint Commission on Tuesday unveiled a tool that aims to help health care providers reduce the risk of wrong-site surgery, Modern Healthcare reports.

  • Drugmaker warns hospitals, physicians of fake cancer drug

    February 16, 2012 (5:00 AM)

    Roche Holding on Tuesday warned that a counterfeit version of Avastin, its widely used cancer drug, has been distributed on the U.S. market.

  • Hospital prices play key role in health spending variation

    February 16, 2012 (4:30 AM)

    Hospital and provider price differences account for one-third of overall health care spending variation among insured U.S. residents, according to a new Center for Studying Health System Change study.

  • DOJ convicted more than 700 health care fraudsters in 2011

    February 16, 2012 (5:00 AM)

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday announced that their agencies recovered a record-high $4.1 billion in health care fraud judgments in 2011, about 50% more than in 2009.

  • ACO roundup: Key news from Feb. 10-Feb. 16

    February 16, 2012 (6:00 AM)

    eHealth Initiative offers recommendations for ACO health IT infrastructure, the CEO of Sharp Healthcare explains why his organization pursued Pioneer ACO status, and more.

  • Reserve your copy of the Health Care IT Top 10

    February 16, 2012 (8:16 AM)

    On Tuesday, Feb. 21 at HIMSS12, we’ll be releasing limited copies of our new 2012 publication, Health Care IT Top 10: Upping Your Act, Again, in 2012. Please reserve your copy in advance for pick-up at the Advisory Board Company Booth [7310].

  • Daily roundup: Feb. 16, 2012

    February 16, 2012 (6:00 AM)

    Bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, Illinois, and Rhode Island.

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