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The spike in families' health care spending, charted

August 19, 2019


Families with employer-sponsored health plans have seen average health care spending rise twice as fast as wages over the past decade, according to a research brief from the Peterson Center on Healthcare and Kaiser Family Foundation.

How one hospital skewed CDC's 2015 non-fatal gun injury estimate

August 19, 2019


The inclusion of data from a single hospital added 22,000 non-fatal gun injuries to CDC's national estimate for 2015, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight and The Trace, shining light on sensitivities in CDC's statistical model that can result in unreliable data.

The case against using 'battle' language with cancer patients

August 19, 2019


Many doctors who work with patients with incurable conditions often seek to champion their patients by referring to them as "fighters" in a "battle" against their diseases, but a study recently published in Health Communication finds that using war metaphors when talking about cancer might be more harmful than beneficial.

Four more states sue over Trump admin's 'public charge' rule

August 19, 2019


Four more states and Washington, D.C., on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's final rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.

'Rating the raters': How US News, Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and CMS stack up

August 19, 2019


Prominent hospital ratings systems are highly influential, but they also can generate contradictory results that do not always align with clinicians' own assessments, a group of authors write in NEJM Catalyst, highlighting the shortcomings of several major hospital ratings systems.

PBMs pass on nearly 100% of rebates to Medicare Part D plans, GAO finds

August 19, 2019


Pharmacy benefit managers in 2016 passed on nearly all of the rebates they negotiated with pharmaceutical companies for Medicare Part D drugs to insurers sponsoring Part D plans, resulting in lower premiums for such plans, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday.

The health benefits of a single vacation day

August 19, 2019


People who use their vacation days are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, according to a study published in Psychology & Health.

Weekly Line: The drug epidemic that's largely flown under the radar

August 16, 2019


The U.S. opioid epidemic has received widespread attention as public health officials direct more resources to combat the drugs' deadly outcomes.

ACA exchange plans will soon feature quality star ratings

August 16, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it will require state and federal exchange websites to display quality star ratings for Affordable Care Act exchange plans, starting with the 2020 open enrollment period.

See the 13 graphic cigarette warning labels FDA just proposed

August 16, 2019


FDA on Thursday unveiled 13 proposed graphic warning labels about the health risks of smoking that, if finalized, would appear on the packaging of all cigarettes sold in the United States. See the proposed warning labels—and what experts are saying about their effectiveness.

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