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Digital health market watchers were surprised when concierge medical network One Medical announced plans to acquire value-based chain Iora Health for $2.1 billion on Monday, with some airing concerns the deal represents a marriage of two diametrically opposed operational models. One Medical is a fee-for-service machine, with the majority of its business coming from charging
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Dive Brief: The healthcare industry added 23,000 jobs in May, with virtually all in ambulatory service roles, according to a new government jobs report released Friday. Ambulatory services added 22,000 jobs that month. And hospitals saw their first gains in several months, posting about 2,900 new roles, according to the preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor
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Dive Brief: Walgreens has completed the sale of its Alliance Healthcare businesses to drug wholesaler AmerisourceBergen for $6.5 billion, the retail behemoth announced Wednesday. Alliance Healthcare is one of the largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in Europe, so the deal, completed roughly five months after being announced, will significantly bolster AmerisourceBergen’s global distribution business. Walgreens plans to
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Dive Brief: Despite the financial turmoil COVID-19 wrought on U.S. medical practices over the past year, physician income has remained relatively steady, according to a new survey by the Medical Group Management Association. The survey ’ which included 185,000 providers among more than 6,700 physician-owned and hospital-owned practices ’ concluded they experienced flat or modest
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Dive Brief: Physician trust in the U.S. healthcare system significantly declined during the pandemic, along with their confidence in the leaders and executives at the healthcare organizations employing them, according to a report from the nonpartisan research group NORC at the University of Chicago commissioned by the ABIM Foundation. The poll found that 30% of
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Dive Brief: FDA on Thursday issued a public warning that high-strength magnets in some cell phones and smartwatches used by consumers can potentially affect the proper functioning of pacemakers and other implanted medical devices. Still, it said the risk to patients is low. The agency said recent studies have shown that such consumer electronic products may
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There’s broad industry support for revamping the U.S.’ decades-old health privacy law to encourage patient access and care coordination, but provider groups are deeply worried about unintended consequences on the privacy and security of sensitive medical information if it becomes more widely available, implementing the changes during COVID-19 and squaring them with other data blocking
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Labor unions have staged protests, gone on strike and even organized new members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. National Nurses United is no exception ’ as the country’s largest nurses’ union with 170,000 members across the country, NNU notched two major election wins in the past year. About 2,000 registered nurses at Maine Medical Center voted to
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Dive Brief: Healthcare lost about 4,000 jobs overall in April, an unwelcome sign as the economy continues recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing home losses (-19,000) were offset by notable gains (+21,000) in ambulatory service jobs. In March, healthcare employment changed little. The industry is
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Dive Brief: The Association for Molecular Pathology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America are cautioning healthcare providers against using certain data generated by some COVID-19 PCR tests to make patient care decisions. Some tests generate data known as cycle threshold (Ct) values that have the potential to help determine a patient’s prognosis and risk
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Many milestones could be considered to mark the one year point into the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. The first known coronavirus patient in the country was seen at Providence Medical Center on Jan. 21, 2020. The federal government declared the public health emergency 10 days later. The World Health Organization said the novel
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Dive Brief: Amazon is expanding its virtual care pilot program, Amazon Care, to employees and outside companies nationwide beginning this summer in a major evolution of its telehealth initiative, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to drive unprecedented demand for virtual care. Amazon will also offer its on-demand primary care service to other Washington state-based companies
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