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Patients file lawsuit against two D.C. hospitals alleging excessive fees to obtain medical records

Georgetown University Hospital and George Washington University Hospital are named in a class action lawsuit for failing to provide electronic copies of medical records when requested and instead charging patients $1,000 or more in processing fees for paper copies of their records.

A better way to treat cancer

Brian Druker, MD, director of the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU and 2009 recipient of the Lasker Award, publishes a piece on the impact that genetic sequencing and precision medicine is having on cancer treatments.

Census Estimates Show Progress Toward ACA Coverage Goals — But There Is More To Be Done

Health Affairs analyzes a recent Census Bureau report confirming an 8.5 percent drop in the USuninsured population, concluding that the gains were driven largely by subsidies and Medicaid expansions introduces within the Affordable Care Act.

Dow Industrials Sink 313 Points

The DJIA falls 1.9 percent Monday, due partly to healthcare and biotechnology stocks dropping as Congress and presidential hopefuls discuss Valeant Pharmaceuticals and controlling drug price gouging. The Nasdaq Biotechnology Index dropped six percent, erasing gains for the year.   

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