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Triple-S Management announces $50M stock repurchase program, reports consolidated revenues of $567.2M

Triple-S Management announces $50M stock repurchase program, reports consolidated revenues of $567.2M

Triple-S Management Corporation (NYSE: GTS), one of the leading managed care companies in Puerto Rico, today announced consolidated revenues of $567.2 million and consolidated operating income of $8.9 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014. [More]
New policy targeting hospital readmissions for COPD may hurt vulnerable patients, say experts

New policy targeting hospital readmissions for COPD may hurt vulnerable patients, say experts

Last week, the federal government revealed that it will fine more than 2,600 hospitals in the coming year, because too many Medicare patients treated at these hospitals are ending up back in the hospital within 30 days of going home. Two new conditions have been added in this round of penalties: elective hip and knee replacement and chronic lung disease. [More]
APBI with proton therapy less costly than other traditional treatments for early stage breast cancer

APBI with proton therapy less costly than other traditional treatments for early stage breast cancer

In terms of duration of treatment and cost, patients with early stage breast cancer may benefit from accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) with proton therapy versus whole breast irradiation (WBI), according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center. [More]
Rush University Medical Center receives UHC's Quality Leadership Award

Rush University Medical Center receives UHC's Quality Leadership Award

Rush University Medical Center has received the UHC's (University HealthSystem Consortium) Quality Leadership Award, ranking fifth among 104 academic medical centers in the UHC's annual study. Rush is the only medical center in Illinois to be listed among the 12 top ranking medical centers. [More]
PP&AR: 1 out of 4 older Americans experience unwanted medical treatment

PP&AR: 1 out of 4 older Americans experience unwanted medical treatment

Nearly one out of four older Americans say that either they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, according to the latest issue of The Gerontological Society of America's Public Policy & Aging Report, which goes on to show that Americans strongly support holding doctors accountable when they fail to honor patients' end-of-life health care wishes. [More]

Semler revenue up 52% in third quarter 2014

Semler Scientific, Inc., an emerging medical risk assessment company that develops patented products that assist healthcare providers in monitoring patients and evaluating chronic diseases, today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014. [More]
Study estimates Medicare costs of lung cancer diagnostic workup in patients

Study estimates Medicare costs of lung cancer diagnostic workup in patients

Biopsies were found to be the most costly tool prescribed in lung cancer diagnosis, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology. [More]
Group encourages approval of lung cancer screening for eligible Medicare patients

Group encourages approval of lung cancer screening for eligible Medicare patients

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Committee on Coverage studies the decision to cover lung cancer screening for eligible individuals, today's Online First section of the journal CHEST published Components for High Quality Lung Cancer Screening: American College of Chest Physicians and American Thoracic Society Policy Statement. [More]

Strata Decision named a winner of 2014 Chicago Innovation Award

Strata Decision Technology has been named one of the winners of the 13th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The Company's cloud-based financial analytics and performance platform, StrataJazz, is leveraged for financial planning, decision support, and continuous cost improvement by over 1,000 hospitals in the U.S. [More]
New model of primary care could improve health of patients with type 2 diabetes

New model of primary care could improve health of patients with type 2 diabetes

A new model of delivering primary care studied by Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California researchers has the potential to improve the health of patients with type 2 diabetes. [More]

NAHQ sponsors National Healthcare Quality Week

National Healthcare Quality Week is sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. This annual national recognition event brings attention to the profession of healthcare quality and celebrates the work of the individual healthcare quality management professionals who work diligently to enhance the quality of care and optimize patient safety. [More]
Viewpoints: Fund CHIP; media overdrive on Ebola; slowdown in Medicare costs

Viewpoints: Fund CHIP; media overdrive on Ebola; slowdown in Medicare costs

In what may be a hopelessly quixotic effort, supporters of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program are trying to persuade Congress to renew its funding almost a year in advance -; and in a lame-duck session. Nevertheless, lawmakers ought to heed that call. The program plugs a troubling gap between Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act's subsidized plans, and states need to know whether they can count on federal funding or whether they will have to spend far more dollars of their own (10/21). [More]
State highlights: Health care takes center stage in debates in Maine, Arizona, Missouri

State highlights: Health care takes center stage in debates in Maine, Arizona, Missouri

The three candidates for governor clashed Tuesday in their final debate, highlighting their differences on a wide range of issues, including health care and welfare. Partisan sparks flew early and often between Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, who are running in a dead heat in the race, far ahead of independent Eliot Cutler, two weeks before Maine residents go to the polls (10/21). [More]
Hospitals' purchase of doctors' practices boosts costs, study finds

Hospitals' purchase of doctors' practices boosts costs, study finds

Hospital ownership of physician groups increased patient care costs by as much as 20 percent, according to the UC Berkeley study. Meanwhile, another study by Harvard researchers finds that switching to for-profit status may boost hospitals' financial health but has no effect on quality of care. [More]
Medicare, health care getting attention in Senate, congressional races

Medicare, health care getting attention in Senate, congressional races

In Louisiana's Senate race, Medicare is grabbing the spotlight. The powerful issue is also popping up in North Carolina and Iowa. Meanwhile, Michigan's Senate race references to Medicare and the health law are checked for accuracy. And Obamacare is the subject of ads in an increasingly high-profile California House contest. [More]
State highlights: Calif. ballot measure updates; Va. prison health care budget shortfall

State highlights: Calif. ballot measure updates; Va. prison health care budget shortfall

A selection of health policy stories from California, Arizona, Maine, South Dakota, Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Washington state and Missouri. [More]
Administration's handling of Ebola casts shadow on Democrats' House and Senate hopes

Administration's handling of Ebola casts shadow on Democrats' House and Senate hopes

A Politico poll underscores that Ebola is causing real political danger for some Democrats. It's playing big, for instance, in North Carolina's Senate race. [More]

Long-term care costs weigh heavily on middle-class families

CBS News reports that for many seniors and their families, home care needs create a serious financial bind. [More]
American Academy of Ophthalmology redesigns patient education materials to improve literacy standards

American Academy of Ophthalmology redesigns patient education materials to improve literacy standards

Low literacy rates contribute to poor patient compliance, leading to increased hospitalizations and chronic illness and costing the economy between $106 – $238 billion each year. [More]
Janssen announces submission of IMBRUVICA sNDA to FDA for WM treatment

Janssen announces submission of IMBRUVICA sNDA to FDA for WM treatment

Janssen Research & Development, LLC today announced the submission of a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by its strategic partner Pharmacyclics, Inc. [More]