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Silicon Biosys­tems Menarini, Macrogen to jointly develop genomic cancer tests

Silicon Biosys­tems Menarini, Macrogen to jointly develop genomic cancer tests

Silicon Biosys­tems Menarini and Macrogen, Inc. today announced they will form a partnership to provide clinical assays and innovative procedures for precision medicine in cancer. [More]
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute recognized as one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute recognized as one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has received the 2016 Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care for the third consecutive year. Karmanos also received the award in 2011 and 2012, as well as 2014 and 2015. [More]
UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece, UMMS President and CEO Robert Chrencik named recipients of 'Speaker's Medallion'

UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece, UMMS President and CEO Robert Chrencik named recipients of 'Speaker's Medallion'

The Maryland House of Delegates and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, has announced that University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA and University of Maryland Medical System President and CEO Robert Chrencik, MBA, are recipients of the "Speaker's Medallion," the highest honor given to the public by the leader of the Maryland House of Delegates. [More]
Researchers use new method to assess quality of colonoscopies performed in outpatient facilities

Researchers use new method to assess quality of colonoscopies performed in outpatient facilities

Colonoscopies are now a routine preventive diagnostic test for millions of Americans each year. While rates are low, complications like perforation, bleeding, and anesthesia-related heart failure can occur. Yale School of Medicine researchers have now developed a quality measure that uses follow-up hospital visits to track the variation in colonoscopy quality among outpatient facilities. [More]
Study finds ethnic differences in coronary heart disease risk within diverse population

Study finds ethnic differences in coronary heart disease risk within diverse population

In a study of more than 1.3 million Kaiser Permanente members in Northern California that stretched over 10 years, researchers found that blacks, Latinos and Asians generally had lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to whites. [More]
SCIO Health Analytics announces acquisition of Clear Vision Information Systems

SCIO Health Analytics announces acquisition of Clear Vision Information Systems

SCIO Health Analytics today announced it has acquired Clear Vision Information Systems of Westlake Village, California, creators of an analytics solution and services suite that provides risk adjustment and quality metric strategies for health plans and providers. [More]
High intensity focused ultrasound provides important treatment for men with prostate cancer

High intensity focused ultrasound provides important treatment for men with prostate cancer

For the estimated 220,000 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, deciding on a method of treatment can be a challenge. Some with early-stage cancer pursue a "wait and watch" option, also called active surveillance, while others with more severe cancer immediately pursue surgery, including prostatectomy (removal of the prostate). [More]
Patients undergoing surgery in hospitals with best nursing care have better outcomes

Patients undergoing surgery in hospitals with best nursing care have better outcomes

Patients are often unaware that choosing the right hospital is very important to having a good outcome. A novel study published today in the prominent surgery journal JAMA Surgery showed that patients undergoing surgery at Magnet hospitals recognized for nursing excellence, and good nurse staffing, have better outcomes at the same or lower costs as other hospitals. [More]
Virginia Mason wins Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for sixth year in row

Virginia Mason wins Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for sixth year in row

Virginia Mason Medical Center has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for the sixth consecutive year from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals in the United States. [More]
UCLA research finds wide variations in post-acute care across different parts of the U.S.

UCLA research finds wide variations in post-acute care across different parts of the U.S.

To ensure that they receive proper care after surgery, patients are frequently referred by hospitals to inpatient facilities such as skilled nursing homes or inpatient rehabilitation centers or to receive home health care and other outpatient services. This type of care, called post-acute care, now accounts for some $62 billion in annual Medicare spending. [More]
USRDS report shows positive and negative trends in kidney disease in the U.S.

USRDS report shows positive and negative trends in kidney disease in the U.S.

The annual data report from the United States Renal Data System reveals both positive and negative trends in kidney disease in the U.S. [More]
Patients enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans use fewer diagnostic tests

Patients enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans use fewer diagnostic tests

Patients enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans have lower rates of use and lower costs for imaging tests, suggests a study in the February issue of Medical Care. [More]
Colorado state employees now have access to Paladina Health's family practice physicians

Colorado state employees now have access to Paladina Health's family practice physicians

Paladina Health, an innovative primary care approach to delivering individualized health care, announced today that State of Colorado employees and their eligible dependents who have health coverage through UnitedHealthcare now have access to Paladina Health's family practice physicians in Colorado. [More]
Alignment Healthcare, HCA West Florida partner to better serve Medicare beneficiaries in West Florida

Alignment Healthcare, HCA West Florida partner to better serve Medicare beneficiaries in West Florida

Alignment Healthcare, a company focused on improving the health of the Medicare population, announced that it has joined forces with HCA West Florida to better serve Medicare beneficiaries in three West Florida counties: Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota. [More]

Geographic location influences quality grades assigned to Medicare Advantage plans

Geographic location is an important predictor of the quality grades assigned to Medicare Advantage insurance plans, and the federal government should consider accounting for geographic differences to allow for fairer comparisons among plans, Boston University School of Public Health researchers say in a new study. [More]
Loyola Physician Partners selected to participate in CMS' NGACO Model

Loyola Physician Partners selected to participate in CMS' NGACO Model

Loyola Physician Partners, as a member of Trinity Health and the Trinity Health ACO, has been selected to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services's Next Generation ACO Model (NGACO Model). [More]

Apollo Care Connect acquires Healarium's population health management technology and operating platform

Apollo Medical Holdings, Inc., an integrated population health management company, is pleased to announce that Apollo Care Connect, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ApolloMed, has acquired the population health management technology and operating platform of Healarium, Inc. [More]
New USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations may result in lethal consequences for women

New USPSTF breast cancer screening recommendations may result in lethal consequences for women

If followed, new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force breast cancer screening recommendations will result in thousands of unnecessary deaths each year and thousands more women enduring extensive and expensive treatment than if their cancer had been found early by an annual mammogram. [More]

No Jab No Pay initiative no problem for families in Cape York

The government’s No Jab No Pay initiative, effective from 1 January 2016 is set to be no problem for the majority of families in Cape York. [More]
Meridian Health Plan named one of 'Best and Brightest Companies to Work For'

Meridian Health Plan named one of 'Best and Brightest Companies to Work For'

Meridian Health Plan, for the second time, has been nationally named one of the "Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" by the National Association for Business Resources. Previously, the NABR had consistently named Meridian as one of "Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" 2012 through 2015. [More]
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