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Shutdown averted: Trump signs spending bill with funds for FDA, IHS—and declares national emergency over border wall

February 18, 2019


President Trump on Friday signed into law a bill that staved off another partial government shutdown by funding FDA, the Indian Health Service, and other federal agencies through fiscal year 2019—and he simultaneously declared a national emergency in an effort to free up additional funding for fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 8 top health systems for innovation, according to 300+ health care leaders

February 18, 2019


In a recent survey of 341 hospital and health system leaders by Reaction Data, the Mayo Clinic was named the best "model for innovation," while Kaiser Permanente was named the best at "delivering high quality sustainable costs."

Charted: Racial disparities in cancer are narrowing—but gaps persist

February 18, 2019


Disparities in cancer incidence and mortality between blacks and whites have significantly narrowed since 1990, but blacks continue to "bear a disproportionate share of the cancer burden," according to a report by the American Cancer Society published Thursday.

Identical twins, identical DNA results—right? Not necessarily.

February 18, 2019


Identical twins Charlsie and Carly Agro bought home ancestry DNA kits from five major testing companies and got differing results, showing how DNA testing is not always an exact science.

Texas' plan to fight 'surprise' medical bills has yielded 'quick results' (but also a 4,000-case backlog)

February 18, 2019


As so-called "surprise" medical bills continue to shock patients across the nation, the Texas Department of Insurance has developed a program to help patients appeal their bills—yielding results for consumers but also creating a booming backlog of cases.

The House can intervene in lawsuit challenging ACA's constitutionality, judge rules

February 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that the House can intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's constitutionality, but declined a request to expedite the case.

An 18-year-old was on the verge of death. The culprit? A toothpick.

February 18, 2019


Over the course three weeks, an 18-year-old professional athlete experienced severe symptoms and nearly died—all thanks to a toothpick he did not know he had swallowed, according to a report recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Weekly Line: Opioids killed 47,500 people in 2017. But the death count is only the tip of the iceberg.

February 15, 2019


The United States opioid epidemic killed more than 47,500 people in 2017. 

The 10 healthiest (and unhealthiest) US cities, according to WalletHub

February 15, 2019


All but two of the 10 healthiest cities in the United States are on the West Coast, and three of the top cities are in California, according to an analysis by WalletHub released Monday. See how your city fared on American Health Line's interactive map.

Medicare wants to revamp ambulance payments, aiming to prevent avoidable ED visits

February 15, 2019


HHS on Thursday announced the launch of a new voluntary payment model for emergency ambulance services—called the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) model—that would allow Medicare to reimburse first responders for care delivered on-site or via telemedicine, even if patients are not taken to a hospital.

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