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Presence picks R1 for revenue-cycle management

Presence picks R1 for revenue-cycle management

February 16, 2018

Presence Health plans to partner with R1 RCM, a company affiliated with its probable future owner, for its revenue cycle operations. Under the pending deal, approximately 1,000 Presence employees will transfer to R1's payroll.

Pharma giant Roche to acquire Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion

Pharma giant Roche to acquire Flatiron Health for $1.9 billion

By Jonathan LaMantia  |  February 16, 2018

Manhattan oncology data company Flatiron Health said Thursday it has agreed to be acquired by the Swiss drugmaker Roche for $1.9 billion. The landmark deal signals the growing strength of the city's health technology sector.

Flu shot only 36% effective, making bad year worse

Flu shot only 36% effective, making bad year worse

By Associated Press  |  February 15, 2018

The flu vaccine is doing a poor job protecting older Americans and others against the bug that's causing most illnesses. Preliminary figures released Thursday suggest the vaccine is 36% effective overall in preventing flu illness severe enough to send a patient to the doctor's office.

Gender pay gap widens among newly trained New York doctors

Gender pay gap widens among newly trained New York doctors

February 15, 2018

In 2016, newly trained male physicians in New York earned on average $26,367 more than their female colleagues, a new study found. That's a much larger pay gap than in 2010 when male doctors earned on average $11,931 more than female doctors in the state.

Anthem makes changes to controversial ED program

Anthem makes changes to controversial ED program

February 15, 2018

Indianapolis-based Anthem said it has made several exceptions to its controversial ER program. But providers argue the changes are not enough to mitigate the harm Anthem's policy is causing patients.

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets U.S. OK

First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets U.S. OK

By Associated Press  |  February 15, 2018

The test doesn't detect concussions and the approval won't immediately change how patients with suspected concussions are treated. But it allows Banyan Biomarkers to commercialize its test, giving the company an early lead in the race to find a way to diagnose concussions.

Oregon House OKs healthcare as a right; funding questioned

Oregon House OKs healthcare as a right; funding questioned

By Associated Press  |  February 14, 2018

Oregon's Legislature took a step toward enshrining the right to healthcare in the state Constitution, a move that would be unprecedented in the U.S. but raises serious funding questions.

Oklahoma health agency head resigns after abuse accusations

By Associated Press  |  February 14, 2018

The interim director of Oklahoma's health department — one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top aides — stepped down Tuesday following accusations of domestic violence. The previous head of the agency resigned amid allegations of financial mismanagement at the agency.


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