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If the ACA is struck down, conservative Republicans have a replacement plan

October 24, 2019


The Republican Study Committee, which is comprised of conservative House lawmakers, on Tuesday released a framework to reform the U.S. health care system by eliminating parts of the Affordable Care Act and providing states with more regulatory authority.

Biogen reverses course and will seek FDA approval for Alzheimer's drug

October 24, 2019


Biogen on Tuesday announced that it will seek FDA approval for aducanumab, an Alzheimer's disease drug that originally had been considered a failure, after the company in March said trials of the drug had not shown clinical benefits.

Why some psychologists are using 'superhero therapy' to connect with their patients

October 24, 2019


Psychologists are showing growing interest in so-called "superhero" or "geek therapy," which are forms of therapy that use pop culture figures, such as characters from movies or television, to help patients express their thoughts and feelings.

Final committee OK's Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill

October 24, 2019


The House Ways & Means Committee on Tuesday voted 24-17 to approve House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill that aims to reduce prescription drug prices in the United States, sending the measure to the full House for a potential floor vote.

'The heartbeat of the hospital': Behind the viral photo of a nurse recovering from a hard day

October 24, 2019


When Laura McIntyre posted a Facebook tribute earlier this month to her twin sister Caty Nixon, a labor and delivery nurse, McIntyre did not expect the post to go viral—but the tribute has racked up over 219,000 likes and 129,000 shares.

An exclusive (but growing) club: The doctors with licenses in all 50 states

October 24, 2019


As demand for telemedicine grows, more doctors are seeking licenses in multiple states so they can tap into the technology to treat patients across state lines—and some are even getting licensed in all 50 states.

5 barriers to implementing home-based care (and how to overcome them)

October 24, 2019


Home-based care models provide "tremendous opportunities to improve care," but "there are significant risks and challenges to their broader adoption," write Pooja Chandrashekar, Sashi Moodley, and Sachin Jain in the Harvard Business Review, sharing five common challenges—and solutions—to implementing such programs.

Average premiums for silver-level exchange plans down 4% in 2020, CMS data shows

October 23, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced that the average premium rate for the most commonly purchased silver-level health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act's federal exchange will be lower for the 2020 coverage year than they were for 2019.

The top hospitals for 16 specialties, according to Healthgrades

October 23, 2019


Healthgrades on Tuesday released its 2020 Specialty Excellence Awards, which recognize 1,007 hospitals that rank in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for at least one of 16 specialty areas Healthgrades evaluated.

CVS, Kaiser, and more are teaming up with UPS for drone deliveries

October 23, 2019


The United Parcel Service on Monday announced it is expanding its drone medical supply delivery project to include AmerisourceBergen, CVS Pharmacy, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of Utah health system.

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