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Do we have to age and die? Here's what science says.

December 2, 2019


Early research supports the theory that humans age as a result of primeval genetic mechanisms intended to regulate and repair our aging cells, but there might be ways to "turn off" these mechanisms to slow or even reverse aging, according to David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Matthew LaPlante, an associate professor of journalism at Utah State University.

Judge vacates criminal convictions against pharma execs in first-of-its-kind opioid case

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday partially vacated criminal convictions against former Insys Therapeutics executives in a first-of-its-kind case accusing the executives of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

Bad debt is rising again at nonprofit hospitals, Moody's finds

December 2, 2019


The amount of bad debt nonprofit hospitals experience increased in 2018 for the first time since 2014, in part because of changes to insurance benefit designs that are placing greater financial responsibility on patients, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

Judge blocks policy denying visas to immigrants without health coverage

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday issued a ruling blocking a Trump administration policy under which the federal government would deny immigrants visas if they cannot prove they can afford to cover their medical expenses or that they will be enrolled in health coverage.

Non-publication notice

November 27, 2019


American Health Line will not publish on Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29. We will resume publication on Monday, Dec. 2.

The Medicare Plan Finder tool got a big update. (It's not going well.)

November 27, 2019


CMS earlier this year updated the Medicare Plan Finder tool for the first time in a decade, but users are reporting various technical glitches with the revamped tool, which they say are causing inaccurate cost estimates.

How CDC's 'disease detectives' are cracking the case of the vaping-linked lung illness

November 27, 2019


In a race to identify the cause of the current outbreak of a vaping-linked illness, CDC's "disease detectives" faced an unprecedented number of challenges, including the unenviable task of diagnosing "a new disease that present[s] itself in different ways" and navigating several thousand potential "suspects," the Washington Post reports.

CMS will soon accept applications for a new value-based primary care model

November 27, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that health care providers next month will be able to start applying for the direct contracting pathways under the agency's new Primary Care First alternative payment model.

Anthem Blue Cross plans sue HHS for $100M in risk corridors payments

November 27, 2019


Anthem Blue Cross health plans last week filed a lawsuit against HHS seeking $100 million they claim they should have been paid under the Affordable Care Act's risk corridors program.

Why Mayo Clinic is opening a 741-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi

November 27, 2019


Mayo Clinic and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company on Sunday announced they will partner to open and operate a new multispecialty hospital in the United Arab Emirates—marking Mayo's latest and largest attempt at establishing an international brand.

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