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For-profit dialysis center patients less likely to receive a transplant, study finds

September 13, 2019


Patients with renal failure who get dialysis at for-profit dialysis centers are less likely to receive a kidney transplant than patients who get dialysis at nonprofit centers, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, but the researchers said this does not mean for-profit centers are purposefully skimping on transplants.

VA must pay for non-VA emergency care even if veterans have other insurance, court rules

September 13, 2019


A federal appeals court this week ruled Veterans Affairs (VA) must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care provided at non-VA facilities—a decision that plaintiff's lawyers estimate could cost VA billions of dollars.

Amid merger mania, this rural hospital stayed independent—and became a neurology hub

September 13, 2019


Despite warnings to join forces with a larger health system or face bankruptcy, Memorial Healthcare, a 161-bed rural hospital in Michigan, made the decision to stay independent—and it since has become a profitable hub for neurology.

In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

FDA is planning to ban unauthorized flavored e-cigarettes

September 12, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that FDA intends to finalize a compliance policy that will clear the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavors, in response to growing numbers of children using e-cigarettes.

Purdue Pharma proposes deal to settle more than 2,000 opioid lawsuits—but some states are holding out

September 12, 2019


Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, have reached a tentative settlement with nearly two dozen states and thousands of U.S. cities, counties, and territories suing the company for allegedly contributing to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Insurers to pay a record $1.3B in rebates to consumers, employers under ACA

September 12, 2019


Health insurance companies this month are expected to begin paying an estimated $1.3 billion in rebates across the individual, small group, and large group insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio requirement, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis published Tuesday.

Your gut bacteria might be tied to obesity. (But fixing the problem won't be easy.)

September 12, 2019


Researchers are increasingly interested in the connection between the gut microbiome and obesity, but a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that transferring microbiota from a lean donor to an obese recipient might not improve the recipients' metabolic health, contrary to other research.

FTC cracks down on CBD products with unsupported claims they treat diseases

September 12, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that it has warned three companies for advertising that their cannabidiol products can treat medical conditions without evidence to support those claims.

CMS scrambles to add popular cost calculator back to Medicare Plan Finder

September 12, 2019


Federal officials are scrambling to update CMS' newly revamped Medicare Plan Finder tool after stakeholders and advocates raised concerns that the tool no longer allows users to calculate the total cost of each plan based on beneficiaries' specific medications.

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