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    Delays in reporting led FDA to late cancer warning on breast implants, advocates say

    Cases need to be better tracked, and the cancer risks should be discussed with patients prior to surgery, patient advocates and physicians said.

    Elise Reuter • March 22, 2023
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    Why regulators didn’t challenge Amazon-One Medical deal, despite data concerns

    The ecommerce giant's $3.9 billion buy of primary care company One Medical closed last week without a challenge from the FTC, even as consumer protection groups and regulators aired worries about the tie-up.

    Rebecca Pifer • March 1, 2023
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    Hacking healthcare: With 385M patient records exposed, cybersecurity experts sound alarm on breach surge

    Healthcare companies must harden their defenses, but it may require regulators and lawmakers to raise the bar on security standards, experts say.

    Jasmine Ye Han • Feb. 28, 2023
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    Could Medicaid redeterminations cause short-term health plan signups to spike?

    Short-term plan operators will likely ramp up their marketing in April to nab new consumers from the Medicaid churn, but health policy experts largely aren't concerned.

    Rebecca Pifer • Feb. 21, 2023
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    FTC’s enforcement action against GoodRx unveiled a new regulatory threat. Should digital health apps be concerned?

    The order suggests the regulator is willing to use every tool in its tookit to tamp down on sensitive data sharing as medical care turns increasingly online.

    Rebecca Pifer • Feb. 13, 2023
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    How technology will shape healthcare in 2023

    This year could represent an inflection point for real-world utilization of artificial intelligence, and standards could rise for health data privacy and cybersecurity, industry experts told Healthcare Dive.

    Rebecca Pifer • Jan. 17, 2023
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    Key trends for payers and providers in 2023

    Providers are likely to clash with payers over rate hikes after a year of intense cost pressures.

    Samantha Liss • Jan. 11, 2023
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    The Advocate-Atrium merger closed without an antitrust challenge. What does that mean for competition in 2023?

    Health systems have morphed into multi-regional players through acquisitions, but have evaded federal antitrust enforcement, raising questions about the future of policing merger deals.

    Samantha Liss • Dec. 22, 2022
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    For ALS patients, doctors, a new medicine reignites concerns about healthcare access

    The drug Relyvrio is in high demand in ALS clinics across the U.S. Though some patients are already getting it, insurance coverage and out-of-pocket costs remain a source of anxiety.

    Jacob Bell and Shaun Lucas • Dec. 15, 2022
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    As complaints roll in, ‘complexity’ holding up HHS information blocking enforcement, health IT coordinator says

    The HHS has yet to finalize disincentives for providers or say how the OIG will go about investigating and applying civil monetary penalties to health IT vendors. “We’re working really, really hard,” Micky Tripathi told Healthcare Dive.

    Rebecca Pifer • Dec. 1, 2022
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    Health tech companies weigh options to stem cash burn as IPO market sags

    Healthcare technology companies are delaying initial share sales as public market stocks and valuations plunge across the sector. Where will they turn in the meantime?

    Sydney Halleman • Nov. 21, 2022
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    One Medical’s innovation chief on Amazon, Medicaid and more

    Rushika Fernandopulle discussed how remote work trends are affecting the business, One Medical’s ongoing shift toward risk and its interest in Medicaid.

    Rebecca Pifer • Nov. 18, 2022
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    Oak Street has no interest in a takeover, bullish on Walmart partnership and more from CMO Ali Khan

    In a wide-ranging discussion, Khan shared his thoughts on the Medicare direct contracting program, Oak Street's relationship with Walmart and its positioning in an increasingly competitive market.

    Rebecca Pifer • Nov. 17, 2022
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    After CommonSpirit ransomware attack: Why healthcare M&A is a ‘huge’ cybersecurity risk

    The cybersecurity incident comes three years after the health system’s megamerger, which potentially made it vulnerable to an attack, security experts say.

    Samantha Liss • Oct. 27, 2022
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    ‘I don’t feel safe.’ Abortion bans add new uncertainty to fertility treatment

    State laws banning abortion could also impact people trying to conceive via in vitro fertilization and bring new legal risks for providers.

    Sydney Halleman, Delilah Alvarado, Shaun Lucas and Jasmine Ye Han • Oct. 24, 2022
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    Medtech companies shift strategy as more orthopedic procedures move to ambulatory surgical centers

    Stryker, J&J and other device companies are building out teams focused on ASCs. 

    Elise Reuter • Oct. 5, 2022
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    How tight nursing home capacity is bottlenecking hospital operations

    Large hospital operators reported increasing lengths of stay and difficulties discharging patients in the first half of 2022. The answer to why lies in a perennially stressed post-acute care chassis driven to the brink by COVID-19.

    Rebecca Pifer • Oct. 4, 2022
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    Healthcare industry’s resiliency to surging inflation is poised to ebb

    Healthcare costs — unlike other goods and services — haven’t experienced immediate price increases amid record inflation. That’s starting to change.

    Hailey Mensik • Sept. 15, 2022
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    No ‘slam dunk fix’ in HIPAA privacy law to protect abortion patients

    In an increasingly murky legal environment, providers should focus on minimizing and protecting the data they collect, experts said.

    Rebecca Pifer • Aug. 5, 2022
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    How the spread of Catholic-owned healthcare facilities may complicate access to reproductive care

    Catholic facilities must follow ethical and religious directives that say they can’t provide abortion or sterilization services and may not "promote or condone" contraceptives.

    Samantha Liss • July 13, 2022
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    Companies see a future for smart implants. Doctors are waiting for proof.

    Zimmer Biomet and Canary Medical are rolling out the first knee implant with an integrated sensor, though it will take time to learn how to incorporate that data into patient care, experts say.

    Elise Reuter • June 30, 2022
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    As cross-state telemedicine waivers expire, virtual care advocates focus on long-term policy changes

    There’s a complication: No one solution to the U.S.’ patchy physician licensing infrastructure has universal buy-in.

    Rebecca Pifer • June 21, 2022
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    Despite rosier trust fund outlook, time running out to stabilize Medicare funding, researchers warn

    Though it’s tempting to interpret the recent Medicare trustees report as good news, academics are arguing lawmakers can’t wait until hospital trust fund insolvency is imminent before taking action to bolster the program.

    Rebecca Pifer • June 13, 2022
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    Can digital therapeutics become profitable?

    As more software-based treatments gain FDA clearance, they still face hurdles ahead, including insurance reimbursement and garnering adoption among patients and physicians.

    Elise Reuter • April 12, 2022
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    'Where's the patient?': Experts question FDA's final recall guidance

    While the guidance encouraged the use of electronic communications in recalls, a change experts have advocated for, some questioned why the agency did not address more problems with the system.

    Ricky Zipp • April 7, 2022