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Secret VA wait list reveals 40 vets died while awaiting treatment

As many as 40 U.S. military veterans died while waiting for treatment at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and were part of a "secret waiting list" designed to hide about 1,500 ailing veterans who waited months at a time to see a doctor, according to a  CNN  investigative report.

Changes in individual market coverage common before reform

Before open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began last October, the nongroup market had frequent disruptions in coverage, concluded a new Health Affairs report. The study focused on three years prior to ACA implementation and found this particular market experienced high turnover even before the new healthcare law took effect.

Saving rural providers brings even more challenges

Rural healthcare faces a number of problems, including obstacles to reimbursement and difficulty adding and sustaining health clinics.

Nurses demand workplace safety in wake of hospital stabbings

Nurses, in the wake of two recent stabbings at Los Angeles hospitals that left one nurse critically injured, urge hospitals and legislators to put stronger safety measures in place to protect healthcare workers from violent attacks, according to the  Sacramento Business Journal.

GAO: Unclear if accreditation requirements led to med imaging decline

The effect that the implementation of the 2012 Medicare accreditation requirement for suppliers of CT, MRI and nuclear medicine services has had on the decline in imaging growth is unclear, according to a report issued by the Government Accountability Office.

States debate docs' physician assistant supervision limit

Florida's House of Representatives passed a measure that would allow doctors to increase the number of physician assistants they supervise from four to eight, despite concerns from some lawmakers that it would result in less physician oversight and supervision, according to the  Newsobserver. com

Female doctors get smaller share of Medicare money

Female doctors make about half as much as their male counterparts in the Medicare system, according to a study by the finance site NerdWallet.

Jonathan Blum, CMS deputy administrator, resigns post

Jonathan Blum, Medicare director and principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will step dpwn on May 16, Reuters reported.

OCR levies $2 million in HIPAA fines for stolen laptops

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights has levied combined fines of nearly $2 million against two healthcare organizations to settle potential HIPAA violations from unencrypted laptops that were stolen.

Study: Payers need access to Rx drug monitoring programs

The use of prescription monitoring data could help reduce overdoses, deaths and healthcare costs, according to a new report issued by the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence.