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US abortion rate hits lowest point since 1973

September 26, 2019


The rate of abortions in the United States has fallen to the lowest level recorded since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in 1973, according to a report released last week by the Guttmacher Institute.

Walmart will offer its employees bachelor’s degrees in health care—for $1 a day

September 25, 2019


Walmart yesterday announced that it will offer its employees the opportunity to pursue bachelor's degrees and diplomas in health care for just $1 a day through the company's existing higher education program.

A fourth lawsuit seeks to invalidate Medicaid work requirements. This time in Indiana.

September 25, 2019


Two legal advocacy groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against CMS, challenging its decision to approve Indiana's Medicaid waiver to implement Medicaid work requirements in the state.

She received a face transplant 6 years ago. Now, it's failing.

September 25, 2019


Six years ago, Carmen Blandin Tarleton became one of the first patients to receive a face transplant, but doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital recently discovered underlying tissue damage is causing the transplant to fail, highlighting a fallibility of the cutting-edge technique.

Hospitals will see $4B DSH payment cut in 2020 under CMS rule

September 25, 2019


CMS this week finalized a rule outlining how it will calculate annual Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts from fiscal year (FY) 2020 through FY 2025.

Medicare Advantage premiums to hit 13-year low in 2020, CMS says

September 25, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced that the average monthly premium for 2020 Medicare Advantage (MA) plans is expected to be $23, which CMS said is the lowest average monthly premium MA plans have seen in 13 years.

Marketing plans, safety studies, and more: Inside FDA's proposed requirements for e-cigarette applications

September 25, 2019


FDA on Friday released a proposed rule outlining the information e-cigarette makers would need to include in their applications to bring their products to the market.

1 in 4 doctors face sexual harassment from patients. Here's how Mayo handles it.

September 25, 2019


In 2017, Mayo Clinic implemented a program to address sexual harassment from patients, reflecting a slowly changing approach in the industry toward a problem that at times has been regarded as "part of the job."

9 days after a mosquito bite, he was 'brain dead.' Is this an emerging threat to public health?

September 24, 2019


A man from Michigan died last month after contracting the rare Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus from a mosquito earlier in the summer, and now health experts are saying the instance could highlight an emerging medical threat in the northeastern United States.

The 25 'Highest Paying Jobs' (Hint: 6 are in health care)

September 24, 2019


Glassdoor last week released its 2019 list of the 25 "Highest Paying Jobs" in the United States, and five of the top 10 are in health care.

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