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Oakland firm Qualaris Healthcare’s software saves time in hospitals

By Alex Nixon
Washington Health System is improving its compliance with a number of quality measures, such as making sure medical staff wash hands regularly and provide follow-up ...

Inmate care in Allegheny County Jail generates worries

By Aaron Aupperlee
Treating an Allegheny County Jail inmate with a cut needing stitches once required an emergency transport to a hospital, with correctional officers and sheriff’s deputies ...

Lower tax rate to help Mylan extend buying spree

By Alex Nixon
Generic drugmaker Mylan NV plans to extend its buying spree as it puts a lower tax rate and high stock value to work to boost its growth. The company, which has its corporate base in Europe since closing a deal with ...

Lawmakers press Veterans Affairs for improved access to rural health care

By Adam Smeltz
The Department of Veterans Affairs is failing to make enough rural health care available to veterans who live far from VA medical centers, a breakdown ...

GOP senators pledge help if court bars health care law subsidies

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Three leading Republican senators are promising to help millions of people who may lose federal health insurance subsidies if the Supreme Court invalidates a pillar of President Obama’s health care law. In a Washington Post opinion article posted ...

Federal funding cuts stretch researchers to the limit

By Mike Wereschagin
Zachary Reinert, a fifth-year graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, said he tried to keep an open mind. When he started graduate school in the ...

Highmark Health names new board chairman

By Luis Fábregas
Highmark Health intends to step up competition with UPMC, even though the state’s largest health insurer would welcome contract discussions with its rival, the company’s ...

Forbes Hospital opens $9 million intensive care unit

By Tribune-Review
Forbes Hospital in Monroeville will open a new intensive care unit for critically injured and ill patients, the hospital’s parent group, Allegheny Health Network, announced Thursday. The 20-bed ICU is expected to begin admitting patients in early March, according to North ...

Federal grand jury indicts chief operations manager for Pittsburgh office of Horizons Hospice

By Brian Bowling
The former chief operations manager for the Pittsburgh office of Horizons Hospice LLC orchestrated a scheme to defraud Medicare and Medicaid out of millions of dollars and then lied about it, prosecutors say. A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Mary ...

Anthem data breach affects more than 750,000 Pennsylvania customers

By Adam Smeltz
More than 750,000 Pennsylvanians might have had personal information divulged in an expansive data breach at Anthem Inc., but it isn’t clear how many Western Pennsylvanians are on the list, Downtown-based Highmark Inc. said Wednesday. Affected Pennsylvanians are either Anthem members ...

Doctors debate caution vs. medical need for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania

By Melissa Daniels
To former Pennsylvania Medical Society president Bruce MacLeod, the oath physicians take to “do no harm” means proceeding with caution when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. “History will judge us harshly for the bad outcomes that may ...

Pitt embarks on $14M chronic back pain study

By Adam Smeltz
University of Pittsburgh researchers will track hundreds of Western Pennsylvanians with aching backs, part of a $14 million effort to prevent those patients from developing an expensive chronic condition, the school announced Wednesday. Pitt will lead a national clinical trial to ...

Trib poll: Majority remains unsold on Obamacare

By Adam Smeltz
Five years since President Obama signed his watershed health care law, a Tribune-Review poll finds about 53 percent of Americans believe the Affordable Care Act ...

Dental stem cells valuable for cornea repair, University of Pittsburgh researchers find

By Luis Fábregas
Those pesky wisdom teeth may be useful after all. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine say the dental pulp found in wisdom teeth is rich in stem cells that someday could be used to repair injured corneas. “Wisdom teeth ...

All is well with UPMC program

By Adam Brandolph
UPMC employees smoke less, eat healthier and exercise more since the region’s largest employer began its wellness program nearly a decade ago, officials say. The ...

UPMC board Chairman Beckwith cheers on CEO Romoff

By Luis Fábregas
Almost every day, UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey  Romoff exchanges emails with the only person with enough power to fire him. Romoff, arguably one of the ...

Beckwiths called strong advocates for patients

By Luis Fábregas
Nicholas Beckwith’s family business rose to prominence as one of the first dealers in the nation of Caterpillar construction and mining equipment. “I was never a mechanic per se, and that’s probably to the betterment of our business. That would have ...

Affordable Care Act penalty can lessen amount of tax return

By Alex Nixon
Tanaya Floyd hasn’t had health insurance since July when she lost Medicaid coverage because her income increased. She wasn’t happy about the possibility of having her ...

800,000 HealthCare.gov customers given wrong tax info

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns. The tax mistake is a self-inflicted injury that comes …

Medical scopes might spread superbug, FDA says

By Luis Fábregas
The federal Food and Drug Administration warned hospitals and doctors Thursday that a commonly used medical scope might spread a deadly superbug linked to several ...