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'One face' of an epidemic: The viral obituary of a woman who overdosed on opioids

January 9, 2019

Maddie Linsenmeir died last fall of an opioid overdose, and her family chose to share her much-read story so others dealing with substance use disorders know "every breath is a fresh start," and to encourage individuals "reading [the obituary] with judgment" to "educate [themselves] about this disease, because that is what it is. It is not a choice or a weakness."

What's in a name? For these health systems, it's an 'emotional'—and costly—question.

January 9, 2019

Northwell Health and Ascension recently underwent massive rebrandings, and the health systems took various steps to prepare for and execute the big undertakings.

The 25 'Best Paying Jobs' of 2018. (Hint: 15 are in health care.)

January 8, 2019

Health care jobs make up 15 of the 25 "Best Paying Jobs" in the United States—and the entire top 10—according to U.S. News & World Report.

DOJ appeals ruling striking down ACA—and now the House might intervene, too

January 8, 2019

The Department of Justice has filed a motion to appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act because it does not agree with the entirety of the judge's ruling.

'I have to torture her': How one physician buried his feelings to treat an 8-year-old burn victim

January 8, 2019

When an 8-year-old girl came to the Arizona Burn Center for treatment, Kevin Foster, the center's director, instantly thought of his daughter—but Foster quickly had to redirect his attention and remain focused on the patient, who needed extensive skin grafts.

SCOTUS rejects Rx drug patent cases

January 8, 2019

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear separate cases related to patents for cholesterol and hepatitis C treatments.

Do mandatory bundled payments lower health spending? A new study suggests yes—but only slightly.

January 8, 2019

A new study suggests Medicare's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program led to a modest reduction in spending on hip and knee replacement surgeries over a two-year period.

Gap between hospitals' outpatient, inpatient revenue narrows, report finds

January 8, 2019

The American Hospital Association's 2019 Hospital Statistics report found that hospitals' net outpatient revenue in 2017 was $472 billion, while net inpatient revenue totaled almost $498 billion.

How this health system invested in empathy—and improved patients' symptoms by 52%

January 8, 2019

When officials at Monash Health in Australia discovered they had systematically failed to spot "underlying traumas" in mental health patients, they launched an effort to foster provider-patient trust—and saw big gains in patient satisfaction and patient outcomes, according to Melissa Casey, leader of psychological services at Monash, and colleagues.

$474,725: This could be the biggest 'surprise' medical bill you've ever seen

January 7, 2019

Kristina Cunningham's potentially record-setting $474,725 air ambulance bill highlights a growing trend of privately insured patients receiving exceedingly high air ambulance bills, and federal and state lawmakers are taking note.

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