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GPOs' 'pay to play' fees drive up healthcare costs

GPOs' 'pay to play' fees drive up healthcare costs

October 19, 2018

Many health systems use group purchasing organizations to get supplies and devices. But GPOs charge manufacturers to have their products appear in catalogs and that's contributing to high healthcare costs, according to three Johns Hopkins professors.

Amita is shrinking its outpatient sites by half

Amita is shrinking its outpatient sites by half

By Stephanie Goldberg  |  October 17, 2018

The services offered at 250 outpatient facilities and medical offices will be consolidated among 125 ambulatory-care locations over the next two years, said Mark Frey, CEO of Amita Health.

Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics

Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics

By Associated Press  |  October 17, 2018

Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss.


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