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Millions of patients' health images are available to 'anyone with basic computer expertise'

September 19, 2019


The medical images and health data of more than five million patients are stored on insecure computer systems that are accessible to "anyone with basic computer expertise," according to ProPublica.

'I'm a drug addict,' a columnist wrote. Then the backlash began.

September 19, 2019


David Lazarus, a business columnist for the Los Angeles Times, last week wrote a column detailing his struggles quitting antidepressants, but his articletitled, "Hi, I'm David. I'm a drug addict"received backlash from some critics for conflating substance use disorders and physical dependence.

Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019


Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

How Northwell created a 'culture of inquiry' among its nurses

September 19, 2019


In an interview with HealthLeaders Media's Jennifer Thew, two nursing leaders at Northwell Health explain how establishing a "culture of inquiry" improved care delivery, patient outcomes, and nurse engagement at the system.

Why is the US health care system such an outlier? Here's one hypothesis.

September 18, 2019


The U.S. health care system is unique, but some observers say what makes it truly distinct from other health care systems around the globe is the amount patients—including those who are insured—pay out of pocket for care.

How an alleged Groupon scam led these patients to get 'fake Botox'

September 18, 2019


Federal and state officials last week raided a plastic surgery office following accusations that a doctor at the clinic administered non-FDA-approved drugs to patients who purchased certain services through Groupon, adding to growing concerns that Groupon users might be more vulnerable to medical scams.

A federal judge struck down Medicare's site-neutral payment rule

September 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday vacated HHS' site-neutral payment policy that cuts Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

A new peanut allergy drug could cost $4,200 a year. Is it just overpriced peanut flour?

September 18, 2019


An FDA advisory panel this month recommended approval of an experimental treatment for peanut allergies but, writing in The Atlantic, James Hamblin questions whether the product is worth its likely $4,200 price tag—and flags research suggesting it might backfire for some patients.

A monthly subscription to an air ambulance? Regulators say it might be too good to be true.

September 18, 2019


Some air ambulance companies are selling membership subscriptions that promise patients will pay no out-of-pocket costs if they use the transportation services, but state regulators—and some larger air ambulance companies—are skeptical of the memberships' no-cost guarantee.

12 lessons private health systems can learn from VA, according to David Shulkin

September 18, 2019


Former Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin, who spent much of his career in the private sector, in a post on LinkedIn offers 12 tips the private health care sector can take from VA.

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