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Insurers have ideas on how to address surprise medical bills—but providers are pushing back

March 19, 2019


America's Health Insurance Plans and other large groups representing insurers on Monday urged congressional leaders to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by establishing set payment rates for care, but the American Hospital Association and Federation of American Hospitals quickly raised concerns about the proposal.

This woman's doctors 'shrugged off' her abdominal pain. (9 years later, they realized she had cancer.)

March 19, 2019


Amanda Kabbabe started experiencing a mysterious pain in her abdomen when she was 15 and, over the years, she presented her concern to three primary care doctors and four gynecologists, several of whom suggested her problem could be solved with dietary changes—but nine years after the pain began, she was correctly diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

How Civica Rx—the hospital-led generic drug venture—will 'shake up' the marketplace, according to Intermountain's Marc Harrison

March 19, 2019


In response to climbing generic drug prices, a group of hospitals last year launched a nonprofit generic drug company, called Civica Rx, to "ensure that essential generic medications are accessible and affordable," Intermountain Healthcare CEO Marc Harrison writes in a STAT News opinion piece.

The most competitive fields for new medical residents in 2019

March 19, 2019


A record number of medical school students last week were matched with their first year residency slots, and some fields were more competitive than others, according to the National Resident Matching Program.

The 9 fastest-growing jobs in health care—and how much they pay

March 18, 2019


Health care occupations make up nine of the 20 jobs that will grow the fastest by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Undeterred by lawsuits, CMS approves Ohio's request for Medicaid work requirements

March 18, 2019


CMS on Friday approved Ohio's request to implement Medicaid work requirements—with the approval coming one day after lawyers for the Trump administration defended Medicaid work requirements in court.

The rise of anxiety and depression in Gen Z, charted

March 18, 2019


Rates of depression, psychological distress, and suicidal thoughts and actions among U.S. residents have increased over the past decade, particularly among teens and young adults.

Hospitals are spending big on CAR T-cell therapy. The problem? 'We have not been paid.'

March 18, 2019


Hospitals across the country are investing in CAR T-cell therapy, an innovative cancer treatment that utilizes a patient's own cells to fight their cancer—but many are finding it difficult to get reimbursed by insurers for the treatment.

440 rural nursing homes closed in the past decade. What happened to all their patients?

March 18, 2019


More than 440 rural nursing homes have closed over the past decade due to shifting payment policies and low Medicaid reimbursements—sometimes forcing patients to move hundreds of miles away on short notice to find care.

The next Apple Watch could include a sleep-tracking feature, sources say

March 18, 2019


Apple reportedly is testing a new sleep tracking feature for its Apple Watch—a move that would better position Apple to compete with companies like Fibit that already sell wearables with sleep-tracking functions.

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