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One-third of Outcome staffers take buyouts

By John Pletz  |  November 21, 2017

About 200 Outcome Health employees—37% of its staff of 535—have taken buyouts as the beleaguered healthcare advertising company faces allegations that it misled advertisers with inflated results.

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

White House: True cost of opioid epidemic tops $500 billion

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2017

The White House says the true cost of the opioid drug epidemic in 2015 was $504 billion, or more than six times larger than the most recent estimate. The Council of Economic Advisers said some previous studies didn't reflect the number of fatalities blamed on opioids.

Outcome Health offers buyouts

Outcome Health offers buyouts

By John Pletz  |  November 20, 2017

Outcome Health's biggest problem used to be keeping up with all the new hires. Now the company is cutting back staff for the second time in less than two months.

News from other sources

By Project Japan  |  November 20, 2017

Blue Cross and Google team up for glucose-monitoring, the FDA raids Florida stores selling Canadian drugs, and young men drive distractedly.

Report: Florida rarely punishes doctors sued for malpractice

Report: Florida rarely punishes doctors sued for malpractice

By Associated Press  |  November 20, 2017

Out of nearly 24,000 resolved state and federal lawsuits against Florida doctors in the past decade, the state's Health Department filed disciplinary charges just 128 times, according to a newspaper report.

What do nurses want?

What do nurses want?

By Jay Greene  |  November 20, 2017

Nurses ask hospitals to hire more, restrict mandatory overtime; hospitals cite nursing shortage.

VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon

By Associated Press  |  November 17, 2017

As part of its effort to expand private healthcare, the VA is exploring merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics.

Medicare Part B premiums to rise in 2018

Medicare Part B premiums to rise in 2018

November 17, 2017

Although the CMS said premiums and deductibles for Medicare Part B beneficiaries will remain flat in 2018, many Medicare beneficiaries will pay higher monthly premiums next year for outpatient coverage

FDA to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

By Associated Press  |  November 17, 2017

U.S. health authorities will crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received little oversight.


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