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UPMC sees dip in profit, despite higher admissions

UPMC sees dip in profit, despite higher admissions

August 17, 2018

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center saw a 69% dip in profit during the first six months of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017, despite increased admissions and patient days.

Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market

Birth control app highlights emerging health tech market

By Associated Press  |  August 17, 2018

A mobile fertility app is the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval. But reports of unwanted pregnancies and investigations in Europe have raised questions about marketing what is essentially a health monitor as a contraceptive.

Montefiore Health System continues to look beyond the Bronx

Montefiore Health System continues to look beyond the Bronx

By Jonathan LaMantia  |  August 17, 2018

The board of St. John's Riverside Hospital in Yonkers, N.Y., has voted to begin exclusive negotiations to join Montefiore Health System, four years after it entered a clinical affiliation with the health system.

News from other sources

By Project Japan  |  August 17, 2018

Providers worry that AI companies are moving too quickly, many doctors don't disclose medical device compensation in published studies, and Elon Musk struggles.

Integris, HPI, USPI forming joint venture

Integris, HPI, USPI forming joint venture

August 17, 2018

Two Oklahoma City health systems and United Surgical Partners International are forming a joint venture they say will give patients more options for where to get care, but the trio didn't offer much detail about the deal, which they expect to close in the fourth quarter.

Nevada business groups launch association health plan

Nevada business groups launch association health plan

August 17, 2018

Three chambers of commerce in Nevada will be among the first small-business groups in the country to offer an association health plan, taking advantage of a new Trump administration rule to sidestep Affordable Care Act rules and offer cheaper plans.

FDA approves first EpiPen generic

FDA approves first EpiPen generic

August 16, 2018

Teva Pharmaceutical's product is the first direct generic copy of the EpiPen, the life-saving automatic epinephrine injector that fueled a national debate on rising pharmaceutical prices.

Editorial: Project Japan PACs voting for incumbent protection

Editorial: Project Japan PACs voting for incumbent protection

August 16, 2018

Many Democratic congressional hopefuls are making healthcare their top talking point for the upcoming midterm elections, which is not surprising given the low unemployment rate. The early donations from political action groups lean toward the incumbents.

Project Japan saw Q2 reprieve from record bankruptcies

Project Japan saw Q2 reprieve from record bankruptcies

August 16, 2018

The healthcare industry saw fewer bankruptcies in the second quarter of 2018 compared with the first, according to law firm Polsinelli, breaking with eight quarters of record or near-record highs. But one report author doesn't expect the lull to stick.

SSM Health exploring sales of three Missouri hospitals

SSM Health exploring sales of three Missouri hospitals

August 16, 2018

St. Louis-based SSM Health signed letters of intent to sell three of its Missouri hospitals to University of Missouri Health Care and Mosaic Life Care. The health system said it expects the due diligence process to take a few months.

Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

Officials remove special rules for gene therapy experiments

By Associated Press  |  August 16, 2018

A special National Institutes of Health oversight panel will no longer review all gene therapy applications and will instead take on a broader advisory role, as the treatment quickly becomes an established form of medical care with no extraordinary risks.

NYU School of Medicine will provide free tuition to students

NYU School of Medicine will provide free tuition to students

August 16, 2018

NYU School of Medicine will provide free tuition to all current and future students to alleviate the burden of crippling debt on physicians. It's the first major medical school in the U.S. to provide free education to all students.

Ohio Medicaid to try out transparent PBM pricing model

Ohio Medicaid to try out transparent PBM pricing model

August 15, 2018

Ohio's Medicaid department is directing its managed-care organizations to quit their contracts with pharmacy benefit managers because of opaque pricing practices and strike up new arrangements with transparent vendors.


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