FTC is seeking more information on UnitedHealth's $5.4 billion deal for the LHC group

FTC is seeking more information on UnitedHealth’s $5.4 billion deal for the LHC group

Federal regulators asked UnitedHealth Group and home care provider LHC Group for additional information in connection with their proposed $5.4 billion deal, LHC said in a Friday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission submitted notification. UnitedHealth Group announced plans to buy LHC Group in March. The healthcare giant plans to add LHC to …

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Former Illinois director of health Dr.  Ngozi Ezike, is subject to an ethics investigation

Former Illinois director of health Dr. Ngozi Ezike, is subject to an ethics investigation

The Sinai Health System includes three hospitals licensed by IDPH during the last 12 months of Ezike’s state tenure: Mount Sinai Hospital Medical Center, Schwab Rehab Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital. Illinois hospitals are required to post their current state licenses in public places, and under the Illinois Hospital Licensing Act, IDPH reviews Illinois hospitals …

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Vendors prepare for monkeypox, discuss infection control practices

Vendors prepare for monkeypox, discuss infection control practices

Infectious disease experts and health systems across the country are making sure facilities are well equipped and prepared to handle potential cases of monkeypox and prevent further outbreaks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 45 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the US this year and more than 1,300 cases …

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Rite Aid-Homeward is a potential roadmap for rural telemedicine adoption

Rite Aid-Homeward is a potential roadmap for rural telemedicine adoption

In rural markets, the implementation of telemedicine and other digital health solutions is a steep climb. Access to broadband, GPs and hospital care is significantly lower, but there is a growing consensus that existing rural providers can generate innovation and adoption. A study published by Rock Health, a research and digital health venture company, revealed …

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Medicaid is considering placing conditions on nursing home payments to improve patient care

Medicaid is considering placing conditions on nursing home payments to improve patient care

The Biden administration is considering a requirement that the nation’s 15,500 nursing homes spend the majority of their payments from Medicaid on direct care to residents and limit the amount used for operations, maintenance and capital improvements or diverted to profits. If adopted, it would be the first time the federal government has insisted that …

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The US is lifting COVID-19 testing requirements for international travel

The US is lifting COVID-19 testing requirements for international travel

The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the United States take a COVID-19 test within one day before boarding their flights, relaxing one of the last remaining government mandates aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. A senior administration official said the mandate expires at 12:01 a.m. EDT Sunday …

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Oracle's Larry Ellison outlines Cerner's healthcare strategy

Oracle’s Larry Ellison outlines Cerner’s healthcare strategy

Oracle is building a national database of medical records so doctors can more easily access patient information, Larry Ellison, Oracle co-founder, chairman and chief technology officer, said Thursday. “This new health management system will provide much better information to healthcare professionals,” Ellison said, citing expected improvements such as better patient outcomes, better informed public policy …

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Steward Health Care System settles $4.7 million in bribery allegations

Steward Health Care System settles $4.7 million in bribery allegations

Steward Health Care System settled a whistleblower lawsuit supported by federal and Massachusetts prosecutors for $4.7 million, plaintiffs’ attorneys announced Thursday. Three whistleblowers, including two doctors who worked at Massachusetts Steward Health Care System hospitals, filed the lawsuit in 2018. The plaintiffs alleged that the Dallas-based for-profit health care system paid physicians for work they …

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Northwell and Kaiser Permanente executives join CEOs in supporting gun legislation

Northwell and Kaiser Permanente executives join CEOs in supporting gun legislation

Top executives from Northwell Health, Kaiser Permanente and Children’s Minnesota are among dozens of company CEOs urging the Senate to pass gun safety legislation in a letter sent to lawmakers Thursday. The CEOs for Gun Safety letter urges senators to “break down partiality” and introduce legislation to curb gun violence in the wake of the …

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The health care system is paying to settle the US lawsuit for breaking the law

The health care system is paying to settle the US lawsuit for breaking the law

According to officials, a Virginia-based hospital system has agreed to pay more than $4 million to settle claims that it committed multiple controlled substance law violations between 2017 and 2020. The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia said in a news release Wednesday that Sovah Health has also agreed to four years of …

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