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SCOTUS declines to hear case on rule barring military medical malpractice suits

May 22, 2019


The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a longstanding rule that bars active-duty servicemembers from suing the federal government over medical malpractice.

How this health system overcame staff resistance to adopt a surgical checklist

May 22, 2019


When McLeod Regional Health System in South Carolina sought to implement a surgical checklist, it took time and a three-strategy approach to get surgical staff on board and achieve 100% adoption of a protocol that saves them $4 million annually.

18 months, 4 Medicaid directors: Traylor becomes the latest Medicaid director to resign.

May 21, 2019


Chris Traylor, CMS' deputy administrator and director of the agency's Center for Medicaid and CHIP, on Friday announced he is stepping down from his role at the end of May, making him the fourth individual to leave the position in the past 18 months.

The $753M question: What's Amazon got planned for PillPack?

May 21, 2019


Amazon in June 2018 announced that it was purchasing PillPack, a mail-order pharmaceutical supplier, but many questions remain about how Amazon will utilize PillPack going forward.

US health care is notoriously costly. But is it worth the price?

May 21, 2019


It is well known that the United States outspends other nations on health care (often without better outcomes), but the "best evidence" shows health care "is still very valuable, even at U.S. prices," according to Austin Frakt, a health care economist.

McConnell, Kaine unveil bipartisan bill to raise tobacco purchasing age to 21

May 21, 2019


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) on Monday introduced a bill to increase from 18 to 21 the minimum age at which U.S. residents can purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

How doctors can help (and hinder) patients who are trying to lose weight

May 21, 2019


Weight loss management can be frustrating for both patients and clinicians—but a recent study reveals concrete ways that providers can improve their patients' odds of success.

Doctors couldn't save this woman's life. Then, her 19-year-old daughter had an idea.

May 21, 2019


When 19-year-old Aliana Deveza learned that her dying mother's chances of finding a kidney donor were slim, she came up with a risky idea that saved both her mother's and another patient's life—and could change the way transplant centers conduct donations in the future.

What happens when you invite a patient's favorite music into the OR? 'Something magical.'

May 21, 2019


Benjamin Schwartz, a surgeon who specializes in gynecologic cancer, writes that last year he made a "simple yet remarkable adjustment in how [his surgical team] prepare[s] for surgery" that made patients facing scary procedures more comfortable and helped his surgical team better know their patients.

Haven 101: What we know about the Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan joint venture so far

May 20, 2019


The Amazon-Berkshire Hathaway-JPMorgan joint venture is now over a year old—and excitement about its prospects seems to be diminishing in the industry. But is that warranted? The American Health Line's Jackie Kimmell explores questions to highlight what we actually know about the venture so far. 
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