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This member of Congress got a ‘surprise’ medical bill. (And she’s not happy about it.)

May 23, 2019


Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) is sharing her story of her so-called "surprise" medical bill with Congress as part of policymakers' push to develop legislation to address such bills.

The White House wants to recalculate the poverty line—which could have big effects for health care

May 23, 2019


The Trump administration has released a proposal to change how the federal poverty level is calculated, which could lead to millions of U.S. residents losing their eligibility for public health benefits, according to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Should hospitals hire a 'Chief Imitation Officer'?

May 23, 2019


In health care, "imitation" has taken a backseat to "innovation," and as a result, providers and insurers are missing out on best practices that could save patient lives and money, according to Dhruv Khullar, an internal medicine physician at Weill Cornell Medicine.

SCOTUS orders appeals court to reassess ruling in FDA labeling case

May 23, 2019


The Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling issued Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to revive hundreds of lawsuits that accuse Merck of failing to warn patients about the potential risks of its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

We 'must do better': Why this doctor wrote an open apology for a patient's death

May 23, 2019


Home hospice care demands a tremendous amount from family members, and when providers fail to adequately prepare a family to carry out those responsibilities, their loved one can wind up back in the hospital, where they do not want to be, according to Daniela Lamas, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

A record-breaking number of health care data breaches were reported in April

May 22, 2019


Health care entities in April reported 45 data breaches to HHS, marking the highest number of reported health care-related breaches in one month since the agency began tracking such breaches in an online database in 2010, according to a report published by HHS' Office for Civil Rights.

Do you sleep with contacts in? This viral post might change your mind.

May 22, 2019


Although many people try to avoid falling sleep while wearing soft contact lenses, the habit of sleeping in contacts is not uncommon—and it sparked Patrick Vollmer, a doctor at the Vita Eye Clinic, to share a now-viral Facebook post that shows up-close photos of an eye infection that developed after a person left their contacts in overnight.

The top hospitals for patient safety and experience, according to Healthgrades

May 22, 2019


Healthgrades last week released its list of the 460 hospitals winning the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the 434 hospitals winning the Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

States, localities sue HHS over 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 22, 2019


A group of nearly two dozen states and localities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and physician-assisted death.

Is it time for doctors to 'hang up their lab coats—for good'?

May 22, 2019


While white coats are viewed as a "defining symbol" of a doctor's profession, research shows the coats often are contaminated with bacteria that could threaten patients' health, according to health care economist Austin Frakt.

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