Philips Healthcare CEO To Pursue ‘Other Opportunities’

Philips N.V. (NYSE: PHG) Tuesday morning announced that its Philips Healthcare CEO, Deborah DiSanzo, will be stepping down. This news comes amid expectations that the company’s Healthcare business will post second-quarter EBITA below current market predictions. As part of the company’s plan to improve its management structure, the Healthcare business will now report directly to […]

554 Memphis police officers call in sick to protest health care cuts

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Hundreds of Memphis police officers have called in sick over the past week, apparently to protest a decision by city officials to reduce their health care subsidies. The number of officers calling in sick had increased to 554 by Tuesday, said Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph – about a quarter of the 2,200-person […]

High Court Ruling on Home Health Care Workers Could Hit Home in Connecticut

HARTFORD – Connecticut’s law allowing non-union home health care workers to be charged fees to pay for union collective bargaining expenses could be in jeopardy as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling released Monday. The 5-4 decision from the high court’s conservative majority overturned a portion of an Illinois law dealing with home […]

The New Normal of Healthcare Spending

Below is the June 29th “Thoughts from the Frontline” newsletter, republished in full. A rather interesting shockwave came across the newsfeeds this week. I was actually doing a TV interview when the host announced that GDP was down 2.9% for the first quarter. There was not much else I could do but note that that […]

Salesforce joins forces with Philips

With sights set on spurring healthcare innovation and interoperability, Royal Philips has teamed up with customer relationship management company salesforce.com to bring a new open, cloud-based platform to the market. The envisioned platform, officials say, will allow for data integration from myriad sources, including electronic health records, diagnostic imaging equipment and personal mobile devices. Also […]

Major healthcare provider plans hospital merger

One of Indiana’s major healthcare providers has announced plans to merge two downtown Indianapolis hospitals.Indiana University Health plans to merge the services of University Hospital and Methodist Hospital in a single building, The Indianapolis Business Journal and The Indianapolis Star reported. IU Health announced the plan Friday.“We’re going to have one adult academic health center,” […]

Consumers seek to get more for their health care dollars

Michelle Nichols had lived in pain since a childhood injury damaged her left knee. “It just got worse over the years. When the question on the doctor’s form asked, ‘How many steps can you take without pain?’ my answer was zero. It choked me up. I had never thought about it like that. I just […]

NextGen Healthcare and 3M Partner to Offer Industry-Wide ICD-10 Education Program

HORSHAM, Pa., Jun 23, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, LLC ., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc . QSII -0.37% and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced today it has teamed with 3M Health Information Systems to offer 3M’s robust, web-based ICD-10 Education Program industry […]

Most Americans Remain Satisfied With Healthcare System

Little change in satisfaction since mid-March by Frank Newport PRINCETON, NJ — Sixty-six percent of Americans in the first half of June are satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working for them, in line with attitudes since mid-March. Gallup’s seven-day rolling average on this measure shows confidence during that time has varied only […]

If Universal Health Care Is The Goal, Don’t Copy Canada

The heated and often emotionally charged debate over the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) hasn’t subsided despite it being the law of the land for more than four years. Indeed, with the VA scandal, continuing problems in the rollout of aspects of Obamacare and the upcoming mid-term elections, the likelihood of increased acrimony is high. […]