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Benefit Of Multimillion-Dollar Industry That Accredits Hospitals Called Into Question In Study

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The Harvard University study challenges the assertion that patients benefit when a hospital is accredited. “The wealthy, big hospitals that generally have more resources are more likely to be Joint Commission-accredited, and the thinking is that they have better outcomes,” said Ashish Jha, the author of the study. “What you find is that it doesn’t have a big effect, and it really makes you worry. We’ve put a lot of faith and resources into accreditation.”

Company That Wants To Sell Medicare Advantage Plans Raises Additional $300M In Venture Capital Funding

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The company, Devoted Health, was founded last year by Todd Park, a former chief technology officer for the Obama administration, and Ed Park, a former Athenahealth executive. In other health industry news: the ripple effects of Anthem’s privacy breach settlement; UnitedHealth earnings projections; and Catholic Health Initiatives’ merger with Dignity Health

Democrats Want To Force Vote To Make GOP Go On Record Against Preexisting Conditions Just Before Midterms

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The legislation targets President Donald Trump’s newly expanded short-term plan coverage, which for the Democrats has become a proxy for the Republicans’ supposed willingness to roll back protections on preexisting conditions. Meanwhile, the administration announces its plans for maintenance downtime for the federal health law registration website,

What You Need To Know About The Upcoming Medicare Open Enrollment Season

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Open enrollment for Medicare and prescription drug plans will begin Oct. 15 for coverage in 2019 and close Dec. 7. One change this year is that seniors can try a Medicare Advantage plan for up to three months and if they don’t like it, they can switch to another Advantage plan or enroll in traditional Medicare.

MiMedx’s Limit On Range Of Products It Sold To VA Forced Government To Buy More Expensive Treatments

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At Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense hospitals, The MiMedx Group — which manufactures skin grafts and injectable products from donated placental tissues — didn’t offer the small sizes of two popular products it offered elsewhere. As a result, the government agencies had to buy bigger, more expensive offerings for smaller treatments, former employees said.

With Retirement Of NEJM’s Editor, Doctors See A Chance For Prestigious Journal To Adjust Course

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As Dr. Jeffrey Drazen steps down from the post he held for 18 years, doctors weigh in on changes they’d like to see rather than having it be a place to publish the “most important” studies. “The main job of journals will not be to disseminate science but to ‘speak truth to power,’ encourage debate, campaign, investigate and agenda-set — the same job as the mass media,” Dr. Richard Smith told Stat.

Doctors Used To Screen Immigrants Seeking Green Cards Include Dozens With History Of ‘Egregious Infractions’

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The report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General found that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services “is not properly vetting the physicians it designates to conduct required medical examinations of these foreign nationals, and it has designated physicians with a history of patient abuse or a criminal record.”