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Why providers' hiring practices are 'outdated,' according to Harvard Business Review

October 23, 2019


As the health care industry shifts towards value-based payments, it has become increasingly clear that the industry needs to do a better job of "generating outcomes that matter to patients," but current hiring practices can hinder health care organizations from achieving those goals, Elena Butler and Shreya Kangovi write for Harvard Business Review.

State AGs announce settlement framework that could resolve thousands of opioid lawsuits

October 22, 2019


Attorneys general from four states on Monday released a framework for a $48 billion agreement with three of the United States' largest drug distributors and other pharmaceutical companies that could settle thousands of lawsuits claiming the companies fueled the opioid epidemic.

'A nightmare situation': A popular childhood cancer-fighting drug is in short supply

October 22, 2019


Vincristine, a drug used to treat the vast majority of childhood cancers, is becoming less and less available, and doctors say they might have to ration the drug if the shortage continues.

Amid legal uncertainty, Arizona halts plans to implement Medicaid work requirements

October 22, 2019


Arizona officials last week told CMS that the state is suspending its implementation of Medicaid work requirements amid legal uncertainty.

Why some Native American tribes are breaking with Indian Health Service

October 22, 2019


A growing number of Native American tribes are taking control of troubled government-run hospitals in an effort to improve care for their communities, but some are finding the turnaround is both slow and costly.

Sanofi pulls Zantac off the US market amid cancer concerns

October 22, 2019


French drugmaker Sanofi last week announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in the United States and Canada as a "precautionary measure," after U.S. and European health regulators linked the drug to a probable cancer-causing impurity.

A doctor's near-fatal mistake—and her 'life-changing' apology

October 22, 2019


Many health care providers are hesitant to apologize to patients after medical errors, but Kate McLean, an obstetrician-gynecologist, writes in the HuffPost's "HuffPostPersonal" that apologizing to a patient after she made a nearly fatal mistake during surgery "allowed [her] to connect in a way that actually made [her] better at [her] job."

Drug companies reach last-minute settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

October 21, 2019


Two Ohio counties reached a $260 million settlement with three of the largest U.S. drug distributors and a drugmaker over their alleged role in fueling the opioid epidemic, potentially averting a highly anticipated federal court case.

Teen suicide rates jumped 56% over a decade, CDC data shows

October 21, 2019


A new CDC report shows suicide rates among youths and young adults ages 10 to 24 has spiked over a decade, outpacing the suicide rate of other age groups and ending years of relative stability.

Kombucha, CBD oil, and more: Do these 5 popular wellness products actually work?

October 21, 2019


Wellness products such as kombucha, CBD oil, and even "activated charcoal," have grown in popularity in recent years, thanks to their purported health benefits, but do these products actually do what they claim to do? The New York Times investigated five popular wellness products to find out.

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