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GOP Strategy in Flux Ahead of Senate Health Bill Vote Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 24 July 2017 17:00

According to a Sunday, July 23, 2017 Reuters post:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is pushing forward on a procedural vote on his health care bill, but very few Senators seem aware of what they will even be voting on this Tuesday: the version passed by the House or the Senate's own repeal bill.
McConnell's legacy is on the line here. Meanwhile, after six months in power, the Republicans still appear unable to manage their majority position. There are 52 Republican Senators; but with the indefinite absence of the cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), McConnell's margin of error shrinks to one.

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Depression Among Heart Attack Survivors Can Be Deadly, But Often Ignored Print E-mail
Written by Liz Szabo | Kaiser Health News   
Friday, 21 July 2017 17:47

One in 5 people hospitalized for a heart attack or chest pain develop major depression - about four times the rate in the general population, according to the American Heart Association. One in 3 stroke survivors become depressed, along with up to half of those who undergo heart bypass surgery. 
Heart disease patients who become depressed are twice as likely to die within the following decade as other patients, according to an unpublished study presented in March at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting. 

Depression increased the risk of death more than any other risk factor in the study - even smoking, said lead author Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.  

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 July 2017 17:49
Record-setting Digital Health Funding in 2017 So Far  Print E-mail
Written by Evan Sweeney | Fierce Healthcare¬†   
Friday, 14 July 2017 15:36

The first half of 2017 saw a record number of deals and an unprecedented level of funding within the digital health sector. Analysts predicted the industry would build on that momentum despite the ongoing healthcare debate consuming the nation's capital.
Thanks to a "record-shattering" second quarter, investors sunk $3.5 billion into U.S. digital health companies during the first half of 2017, outpacing every previous year, according to a midyear report by Rock Health. The 188 deals inked during the first two quarters were on pace to surpass last year's total of 304.

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Rat Lungworm: Brain Burrowing Parasite Is Spreading Through FL Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 03 July 2017 00:00

Josh Solomon, in a June 30, 2017 Tampa Bay Times  post, reports:
Angiostrongylus cantonensis, also known as rat lungworm, has been detected in rats and snails in five Florida counties, including Hillsborough, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Florida's Department of Infectious Disease and Pathology.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 July 2017 15:42
Genesis Healthcare Settlement Another Example of Government's Anti-Fraud Campaign Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 00:00

Whatever else is taking place in the nation's capital these days, one thing is for certain, there is no letup in the government's crackdown on healthcare fraud. This is made  clear by the continued announcements of multimillion-dollar settlements coming from various fraud-fighting agencies.

One of the more recent settlements involves Genesis Healthcare, Inc., a Kennett Square, Pa. provider of short-term post-acute, rehabilitation, skilled nursing and long-term care services.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Genesis will pay the federal government $53.6 million, including interest, to settle six federal lawsuits and investigations regarding the submission of false claims for medically unnecessary therapy and hospital services, as well as "grossly substandard" nursing home care.

The settlement resolved four sets of allegations...

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