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This employer flew a patient to Cancun for surgery. (And they paid her $5,000 to do it.)

August 15, 2019


To meet U.S. residents' growing yet skeptical interest in medical tourism, a Denver-based for-profit organization is arranging for U.S. doctors to leave the states for quick trips to perform operations on U.S. patients—who might even get paid by their employers for having the procedure abroad.

He thought he misplaced his dentures during surgery. After 8 days and 2 ED visit, doctors found them—in his throat.

August 15, 2019


When a 72-year-old patient's dentures went missing after a minor abdominal surgery, everyone assumed they were misplacedand it was not until the patient returned to the hospital twice for throat pain, trouble eating, and vomiting blood that providers solved the mystery of the dentures, according to a paper in BMJ Case Reports.

CMS: Exchange plan enrollment is largely stable (except among non-subsidized buyers)

August 14, 2019


About 10.6 million U.S. residents enrolled in Affordable Care Act exchange plans by March 15 of this year, representing a less than 1% decrease when compared with enrollment numbers as of March 15, 2018, according to CMS data released Monday.

USPSTF for the first time proposes that providers screen all adults for illicit drug use

August 14, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

Are we nearing an Ebola cure? 2 new treatments dramatically improve survival.

August 14, 2019


Health officials on Monday announced that two experimental treatments appear to have improved the survival rates of patients infected with the Ebola virus, and the treatments now will be offered to all patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have contracted the virus.

40% of patients faced 'surprise' out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals

August 14, 2019


The number of U.S. patients who were billed for out-of-network care received at in-network hospitals rose between 2010 and 2016and the costs of those bills increased, as wellaccording to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Where you live could determine how your heart attack is treated

August 14, 2019


A patient's geographic region is strongly correlated with whether he or she receives a high-intensity statin after a heart attack, according to a study recently published in JAMA Cardiology.

How med schools are recruiting providers to rural areas: Whitewater rafting, mayoral visits, and more

August 14, 2019


A handful of medical schools are offering programs that connect their students with rural communities to entice them to practice in these areas.

She's an ICU nurse. But she still couldn't bring herself to write an end-of-life directive.

August 14, 2019


Intensive Care Unit nurse Andrea Useem in a Washington Post perspective shares her struggle to write an advance directive—despite her intimate understanding of how important such documents are for families who must make end-of-life decisions for a loved one.

Trump admin finalizes 'public charge' rule (and doctors are raising concerns)

August 13, 2019


The Department of Homeland Security on Monday finalized a 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—a move health care leaders have said could affect immigrants' health.

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