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First 'pan-drug resistant' bacteria found in U.S.

First 'pan-drug resistant' bacteria found in U.S.

Researchers have identified the first U.S. case of a pathogen that's resistant to the antibiotic considered to be the last line of defense against so-called superbugs, raising fears that a “post-antibiotic” era will arrive sooner than expected.

CDC director has had to borrow to fund Zika battle

By Shannon Muchmore  |  May 26, 2016
CDC director has had to borrow to fund Zika battle

Director Tom Frieden said Congress needs to approve enough funding to fight the disease that could infect as many as 2 million pregnant women in the U.S this year. The CDC has had to borrow $50 million from other parts of the agency to begin fighting Zika. Some of that came from funds for Ebola.


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Top Medicare Part B supplier organizations: 2016

Top Medicare Part B supplier organizations: 2016

Payments to Medicare Part B supplier organizations such as labs and ambulance services, ranked by total Medicare payment amounts in 2014. Source: Aggregated CMS Physician and Other Supplier Utilization and Payment Data for 2014. Published May 23, 2016, p. 34.


Finance

Healthcare payment auditing company goes public

Cotiviti Holdings, an auditing company that works with health insurers and governments to ensure payments to hospitals and doctors are accurate, started trading Thursday on Wall Street but did not generate a warm response.

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Health tech policy guru Dr. Paul Tang joins IBM Watson Health

Health tech policy guru Dr. Paul Tang joins IBM Watson Health

Veteran physician informaticist and health IT policy guru Dr. Paul Tang is going to work with Watson. The former chief technology and innovation officer at Medical Foundation/Sutter Health in Palo Alto, Calif., is now vice president and chief health transformation officer at IBM Watson Health.

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