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  • NEW YORK— The federal government says health care facilities should stop using Hospira's Symbiq medication infusion pump because of its vulnerability to hacking. The FDA says the computerized pumps could be accessed remotely through a hospital's network, but it doesn't know of any cases where that has happened. Earlier this year the FDA and the Homeland...

  • BOSTON, July 31- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc's Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. Both the FDA and DHS said they know of no cases where such an attack has been launched, but the FDA said in its advisory that it strongly...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— A former Pennsylvania hospital employee has been indicted on charges he performed flawed genetic tests on 124 late-stage cancer patients and then lied about it. Federal prosecutors in Harrisburg said Friday that 60- year-old Floyd Benko, of Palmyra, has been charged with health care fraud and making false statements. Court documents say Benko...

  • July 29- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, on Wednesday said the cost of potent, newly approved cholesterol drugs could "wreak financial havoc" among its clients. Express Scripts, which administers drug benefits for employers and health plans and also runs large mail-order pharmacies, has been challenging...

  • July 29- Health insurer Humana Inc, which earlier this month agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion, on Wednesday reported a rise in a key medical cost metric that missed analyst expectations. Humana's consolidated benefit ratio, or the ratio of its spending on medical claims versus premium revenue it takes in, was 85.2 percent compared with 83.1 percent...

  • July 29- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, on Wednesday said the cost of potent new cholesterol drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors could "wreak financial havoc" among its clients. U.S. regulators on Friday approved the first of the new medicines, Praluent from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA.

  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong enrollments in its government business, particularly Medicaid. Managed care companies that sell government-sponsored plans for the under-insured or uninsured have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, boosting revenue in that...

  • July 28- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said it would consider buying the Medicare Advantage plans its rivals are likely to divest during the current phase of consolidation in the managed care industry. Anthem Inc said last week that it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S....

  • Planned Parenthood in hot water Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Planned Parenthood in hot water

    Planned Parenthood investigates a possible data hack; faces funding fight on Capitol Hill.

  • July 27- Real estate investment trust Medical Properties Trust Inc said on Monday it would buy privately held Capella Holdings Inc, owner of hospital operator Capella Healthcare Inc, for $900 million in cash. Birmingham, Alabama- based Medical Properties Trust said the deal consists of a $600 million investment in Capella's real estate and about $300 million...

  • July 27- Real estate investment trust Medical Properties Trust Inc said it would buy privately held Capella Holdings Inc, owner of hospital operator Capella Healthcare Inc, for $900 million in cash. Birmingham, Alabama- based Medical Properties said the deal value will comprise of a $600 million investment in Capella's real estate and an investment of about...

  • COLUMN-Add bite to your retirement dental plan Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    Retirees transitioning to Medicare are often surprised to learn that the program does not cover routine dental care or more complex procedures. But most seniors just pay for dental care out of pocket- the mean expense for Americans age 65 and older was $870 in 2012, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a research arm of the U.S. Department...

  • July 3- A medical transport helicopter crashed during a take-off on Friday in Colorado, killing the pilot and seriously injuring two others on board, authorities said. The Flight for Life Helicopter was taking off early afternoon from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, about 70 miles west of Denver, when it crashed, according to Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue...

  • Pfizer Inc, the largest U.S. drugmaker, for example reported more than $234.2 million in research payments and another $53.3 million in general payments. John Diliberti, a pediatric geneticist from Illinois, collected nearly $447,000 from Pfizer in consulting fees last year, the biggest single payment to an individual doctor by the drugmaker.

  • TORONTO, June 29- A CIBC Wood Gundy investment adviser is pushing Extendicare Inc, a Canadian operator of senior care centers, to pay a special dividend of at least C $100 million and make other changes following the sale of its U.S. business. Markham, Ontario- based Extendicare has been narrowing its geographic focus to long-term senior care centers in Canada.

  • NEW YORK, June 25- The U.S. hospital and health insurance industries breathed a collective sigh of relief on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for individuals under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Health economists have estimated $15 billion to $22 billion in healthcare spending was at risk with the decision.

  • NEW YORK, June 25- The U.S. hospital industry breathed a collective sigh of relief on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for individuals under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Among hospitals, shares of Community Health Systems were up 12.8 percent at $62.33, while shares of HCA Holdings rose 8.7 percent to $90.61 and Tenet...

  • NEW YORK, June 25- U.S. hospital shares surged, with several hitting all-time highs, and other healthcare names rallied on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld tax subsidies key to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Among hospitals, shares of Community Health Systems were up 9.3 percent at $60.44 after earlier touching a record high of...

  • Are India's medical schools broken? Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 8:37 PM ET

    India's system for training doctors is plagued by fraud and unprofessional teaching practices, worsening public health issues, Reuters reports.

  • June 11- HealthSouth Corp said it would buy a private rehabilitation hospital operator for $730 million in cash to expand its post-acute care business into new markets. The acquisition of Reliant Hospital Partners will strengthen HealthSouth's position in the Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, Texas markets, while giving it new locations in Abilene,...