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Healthcare data breaches caused by hacks are on the rise

Healthcare data breaches caused by hacks are on the rise

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  August 16, 2017

As hackers gain easier access to the tools of their trade, hacks of healthcare organizations have increased dramatically, with 162% more so far in 2017 as there were in all of 2016.

UnitedHealth CEO Hemsley stepping down

UnitedHealth CEO Hemsley stepping down

By Shelby Livingston  |  August 16, 2017

Longtime UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley will step down Sept. 1, and President David Wichmann will take over. The change marks a major leadership shakeup at the nation's largest health plan.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 16, 2017

Pharmaceuticals take to Facebook, crowdsourced diagnostic tools inspire enthusiasm and skepticism, and the movie "What the Health" bends the truth.

Edward-Elmhurst Health eyes $50 million in cuts

By Kristen Schorsch  |  August 16, 2017

Naperville, Ill.-based Edward-Elmhurst Health is feeling the squeeze of climbing bad debt thanks to high-deductible health plans, soaring pharmaceutical costs and Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements that don't fully cover the price tag of patient care.

New deal provides healthcare coverage for rural Nevada

By Associated Press  |  August 16, 2017

The deal with Centene Corp. in partnership with the Nevada-based Hometown Health will help ensure coverage is available to all Nevadans, after Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield pulled out of the state's healthcare exchange.

Abortion restrictions could lead to higher ER use

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 15, 2017

Women who have to travel longer distances to receive abortions are more than twice as likely to end up getting follow-up care within their local emergency departments, according to a new study, which researchers say raises the cost of such services.

CMS cancels two mandatory pay models and scales back a third

CMS cancels two mandatory pay models and scales back a third

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 15, 2017

The CMS is canceling two mandatory cardiac pay models that were supposed to start next year and is scaling back a joint replacement model that has already been implemented by hospitals across the country.

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