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GAO urges review of group purchasing

The Government Accountability Office urged the U.S. Health and Human Services Administration in a new report to assess hospitals' reporting of revenue that they can receive from group purchasing organizations to ensure it does not affect Medicare payments.

M&A in healthcare sector to set records in 2014

The year 2014 is shaping up to be the most active in healthcare mergers and acquisitions in decades, the Associated Press reported.

Drug prices expected to rise nearly 12% this year

After years of relatively stable annual price increases, the costs of pharmaceuticals are expected to shoot up nearly 12 percent this year, Kaiser Health News has reported.

To keep costs down, consumers must act as advocates for cost and quality

If there is any chance of containing costs in the healthcare system, patients will have to be vigorous consumers who are curious about how much they pay for their care and advocate for keeping prices in check, Marketwatch reported.

Unnecessary cardiac stress test imaging costs $501M a year

The overuse of imaging services for cardiac patients takes a fiscal toll on both the healthcare system and the patients who undergo them, the American Journal of Managed Care reported.

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