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  • MOSCOW, Jan 19- At a televised debate about Russia's healthcare system last year, a young doctor asked President Vladimir Putin why so many senior officials sought medical treatment abroad- and if the president was one of them. He said he used the Central Clinical Hospital, a vast complex on the outskirts of the Russian capital where for decades the top echelons of...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 19- The Kremlin is planning to build an exclusive health clinic for President Vladimir Putin and senior officials, according to documents seen by Reuters and to medical sources familiar with the project. The proposed three-storey building, in the grounds of the Kremlin-run Central Clinical Hospital in a Moscow suburb, will have space for 10...

  • WILKES-BARRE, Pa.— A hospital system that covers much of rural Pennsylvania has announced plans to hire more than 150 new nurses. Geisinger Health System said Tuesday that positions are available in clinical and office locations in the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton region for experienced nurses and new graduates. The network has 12 hospitals in 45 Pennsylvania...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 17- A former Visium Asset Management portfolio manager on Tuesday identified a Washington- based policy expert as having helped him engage in insider trading by tipping him to a yet-announced government funding cut for home health services. Christopher Plaford, who became a cooperating witness for U.S. authorities probing the hedge fund,...

  • **Germany's Lufthansa and Etihad Airways are in talks to possibly merge the two airlines, Italian daily Il Messaggero said in an unsourced report. **Portag3 Ventures, a financial technology fund backed by Canada's Power Financial Corp, has invested an undisclosed amount in finance startup Street Contxt, Portag3's president said in an interview on Monday.

  • WORCESTER, Mass.— An ambulance company that operates in Massachusetts says it'll pay nearly $13 million to settle claims it fraudulently billed Medicare. The Springfield Republican newspaper says the claims were brought against MedStar Ambulance of Massachusetts by an ex-employee. A complaint filed in U.S. District Court says Dale Meehan worked as a...

  • Jan 12- Florida's insurance commissioner is allowing MetLife Inc and Unum Group boost long-term care premiums, alleviating financial stress the insurers have been facing from rising medical costs and policyholders living longer. MetLife's Florida subdivisions can increase average monthly premiums by $4 to $44 over the next three years, while two Unum...

  • District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas stopped the rule from taking effect Friday as planned. The decision is a victory for dialysis providers Fresenius Medical Care, DaVita Inc and U.S. Renal Care Inc, which filed a lawsuit to block the rule last week. The rule, announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Dec. 14, would require dialysis...

  • Jan 12- Florida's insurance commissioner is allowing MetLife Inc and Unum Group to boost long-term care premiums, alleviating some financial stress the insurers have been facing from rising medical costs and policyholders living longer. MetLife's Florida subdivisions can increase average monthly premiums by $4 to $44 over the next three years, while two...

  • Jan 12- The Arizona Attorney General plans to file a lawsuit against Theranos Inc over a "long-running scheme of deceptive acts and misrepresentations" related to the company's blood-testing equipment, according to a state bidding document. Theranos, founded by Elizabeth Holmes in 2003, said last year it would close its clinical labs and Wellness Centers,...

  • Jan 9- Mars Inc said it would buy VCA Inc for $7.7 billion, cementing the Whiskas and Pedigree pet food maker's position as the largest operator of pet hospitals in the United States. VCA, founded in 1986, operates nearly 800 animal hospitals with 60 diagnostic laboratories in the United States and Canada. Barclays was VCA's financial adviser and Akin Gump...

  • The U.K. Prime Minister has dismissed a Red Cross claim that her country’s health service is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis.

  • PARIS/ NEW YORK, Dec 27- France's Sanofi has filed a lawsuit in the United States accusing Novo Nordisk of falsely claiming that Sanofi insulin drugs would no longer be available for many U.S. patients so it could promote its competing drug. The complaint, filed by Sanofi US in U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on Dec. 23, seeks an order forcing Novo...

  • Under New Mexico regulations, healthcare facilities must report a suspected outbreak of C. difficile to the state Health Department within 24 hours. But Casa Maria staff did not contact authorities until March 4, 2014, according to the Health Department report on its investigation of the outbreak, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters. When a Health...

  • A neurologist checks a patient during an exam at the St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville, Colorado.

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  • Dec 15- For nearly two years, a killer stalked the patients of Providence Alaska Medical Center. It was a bacteria called Acinetobacter baumannii, a common cause of infections in hospitals. After a rash of mild cases in early 2011, doctors began seeing highly drug-resistant infections in patients, said Dr Megan Clancy, an infectious-disease specialist at the...

  • Nurse discusses patient notes with doctor

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  • Dec 14- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, said drug price inflation would likely be restrained going into 2017 and that scrutiny into pricing strategies was here to stay. Express Scripts' comments come at a time when drug pricing is a hot political topic in the United States. Short seller Citron Research's...

  • Dec 14- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, signaled that scrutiny into drug pricing isn't going away, about a week after President-elect Donald Trump vowed to bring down prices. I've not seen anything that causes me to be hugely concerned, "said Chief Executive Tim Wentworth, in response to a question about the...

  • Dec 14- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, said the conversation about drug pricing isn't going away, about a week after President-elect Donald Trump vowed to bring down prices. Shares of the company, which also signaled it was engaged in M&A discussions, were down 4 percent at $70.10 on Wednesday.