Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ‘Disaster’ marks end of Rain or Shine’s year Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESTNT bounced back after losing its season opener and denied Alaska, 106-98, of its first win in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.The KaTropa are now at 1-1 while the Aces slipped to 0-2ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals TNT used an early surge to gain the upper hand for good, going on a blitzkrieg with a 9-0 run in the final minute of the second quarter.Jayson Castro capped off the scoring spurt after taking the ball away from Calvin Abueva and immediately going to the cup for the layup to give TNT a 58-49 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkKaTropa head coach Nash Racela said their victory over Alaska was of utmost importance going into the New Year break as it will help build their confidence before they face off against defending champion San Miguel.“It’s always hard to get the first win especially with our next game coming against San Miguel,” said Racela. “It’s nice to get the win before the year ends because at least we can get some sort of momentum.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Troy Rosario had a team-high 21 points for TNT while also grabbing eight boards.Moala Tautuaa and Jayson Castro each had 18 points to help the KaTropa’s cause.Rookie Jeron Teng led all scorers with 28 points for Alaska while grabbing 10 boards and dishing out five assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Here, AFP Sports looks at five things to watch from the La Liga weekend.Dembele a cure for FIFA virus?The arrival of the 105-million-euro ($125 million) Frenchman is a much-needed tonic for Barca in the midst of continuing institutional chaos with ongoing public clashes between the board and leading players.President Josep Maria Bartomeu claimed new contracts for Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta, whose deals expire next summer, were a matter of time on Tuesday only for Iniesta to flatly deny that claim a day later.On the field Barca need to ensure they don’t suffer their habitual hangover from international breaks known locally as the “FIFA virus”.This time last year Barca suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Alaves as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez started on the bench following their international commitments.With Messi and Suarez only arriving back in the Catalan capital on Thursday after two crucial World Cup qualifiers in South America, Espanyol will rarely have a better chance for a first win at the Camp Nou since 2009.Acid test for AtleticoIt has been a highly promising week for Atletico de Madrid as inspirational coach Diego Simeone extended his contract till 2020 © AFP/File / DESIREE MARTINIt has been a highly promising week for Atletico as inspirational coach Diego Simeone extended his contract till 2020, whilst the pitch was laid among finishing touches to the club’s new 68,000 capacity stadium.Since Simeone took charge in 2011, Valencia have had 11 coaches. However, their latest hire in Marcelino finally appears to putting Los Che back on the right track.Valencia took a point from a thrilling 2-2 draw away to Real Madrid before the international break and have since been further boosted by the arrivals of Goncalo Guedes and Andreas Pereira on loan from PSG and Manchester United.Should Atletico emerge unscathed from the Mestalla not having lost ground on Real after three away games to start their season, a serious title challenge is realistic.Rise and shine RealLa Liga president Javier Tebas has continued his war against PSG’s free-spending since snatching Neymar away from Barcelona, accusing the Parisians and Manchester City of “peeing into the pool” in their disrespect for financial fair play.Tebas’ concerns arise from his ambition for La Liga to rival the Premier League’s interest around the world and getting television rights deals to match.With that in mind, kick-off times in Spain have become gradually earlier in recent years with an eye on Asian markets.Real’s kick-off against Levante at 1300 local time (1100 GMT) on Saturday will go head-to-head with City’s blockbuster clash against Liverpool.Mini Madrid derbyOvershadowed by the wealth and glamour of Real and Atletico, two of Madrid’s more modest sides Leganes and Getafe have fought out their own rivalry in the lower divisions.However, they clash for the first time ever in the top flight on Friday night at Leganes’ 11,500 capacity Butarque with the hosts even having the chance to leapfrog Barcelona to the top of the table after two wins from their opening two games.Perez homecomingExactly a year from the day he left, Lucas Perez returned to Deportivo la Coruna from Arsenal on the final day of the transfer window.“Money doesn’t make me happy. I move for emotions, for the feelings that I have,” said Perez, claiming he had turned down more lucrative offers to force through a return to his native Galicia.Perez scored 17 goals in the 2015/16 season before his move and will need to fire if Depor are to avoid another year of battling relegation, starting with the visit of Real Sociedad on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s new signing Ousmane Dembele is surrounded by young fans at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, during his official presentation, on August 28, 2017 © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEMADRID, Spain, Sep 8 – The most expensive player in Barcelona’s history will take to the field for the first time on Saturday as Ousmane Dembele debuts in a Catalan derby against Espanyol.Atletico Madrid travel to a revitalised Valencia in the headline clash of the weekend, whilst there is an early start for champions Real Madrid.
HCA Holdings Inc., the biggest for-profit U.S. hospital operator, told investors that federal prosecutors in Miami are probing the “medical necessity” of cardiology procedures performed at several of its hospitals in Florida. The company made an unusual statement defending its operations in anticipation of a New York Times article that appeared online late Monday. The New York Times: Hospital Chain Inquiry Cited Unnecessary Cardiac WorkHCA, the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States with 163 facilities, had uncovered evidence as far back as 2002 and as recently as late 2010 showing that some cardiologists at several of its hospitals in Florida were unable to justify many of the procedures they were performing. Those hospitals included the Cedars Medical Center in Miami, which the company no longer owns, and the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. In some cases, the doctors made misleading statements in medical records that made it appear the procedures were necessary, according to internal reports (Abelson and Creswell, 8/6).The Wall Street Journal: HCA Discloses Federal ProbeHCA Holdings Inc. said federal prosecutors in Miami are probing the “medical necessity” of cardiology procedures performed at several of its hospitals … The company, which is the biggest for-profit U.S. hospital operator with 163 facilities, also made an unusual statement defending its operations in anticipation of a New York Times article that appeared online late Monday. The statement addressed potential questions on its cardiac care, emergency-room billing practices and treatment of uninsured patients. In the wake of the disclosures, HCA shares fell 4% to $25.55 in 4 p.m. composite trading on the New York Stock Exchange, despite second-quarter earnings that were up from last year, largely based on improved patient volumes (Mathews and Weaver, 8/6).The Associated Press/Los Angeles Times: HCA Holdings Questioned About Need For Some Cardiology ServicesHospital chain HCA Holdings said the Justice Department wants information about heart procedures performed at some of its locations. HCA said it has been asked about reviews that assessed the medical necessity of some cardiology services. The questions came from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Miami, the company said. The New York Times published a report late Monday citing evidence that some HCA hospitals in Florida were performing unnecessary, and sometimes dangerous, heart procedures with the aim of driving up profit for the hospital chain (8/7).Reuters: U.S. Probes HCA Heart Procedures, Hospital BillingU.S. authorities are probing whether heart procedures performed at HCA Holdings Inc hospitals were medically necessary and are investigating the company’s billing practices, the company said on Monday. Shares of HCA, the largest U.S. for-profit hospital chain, fell as much as 10 percent after the news. HCA, in an unusual move, issued a detailed rebuttal defending itself ahead of the publication of a New York Times article that said a complaint by a nurse at an HCA hospital in Florida led to an internal investigation that uncovered evidence of unnecessary heart procedures being performed at some of the company’s hospitals (Berkrot and Kelly, 8/7). Bloomberg: HCA Says Heart Procedures In Florida Scrutinized by U.S.A U.S. attorney in Miami has asked HCA Holdings Inc. (HCA), the nation’s biggest hospital operator, for information on the “medical necessity” of the cardiac procedures done in its Florida hospitals, according to a regulatory filing. The disclosure came as the New York Times reported that Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA had investigated numerous cases in which doctors conducted unnecessary surgeries in its facilities, and didn’t contact patients, medical authorities or insurers about the results of those probes …”I think we have to look at it seriously” in weighing the potential risk for the company, said Sheryl Skolnick, a CRT Capital Group LLC analyst in Stamford, Connecticut, in a telephone interview (Nussbaum, 8/7). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. HCA Faces Scrutiny About Need For Some Cardiac Procedures