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Another appeals court upholds CMS' controversial 2017 DSH payment rule

November 14, 2019


A second federal appeals court last week reversed a lower court's ruling and upheld a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

What Americans are stressed about, charted

November 13, 2019


Americans are citing health care, mass shootings, and the presidential election as significant sources of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's "Stress in America" survey released last week.

Ascension is sharing millions of patient records with Google. Here's why.

November 13, 2019


Google and Ascension, the second-largest U.S. health system, on Monday announced a joint project to analyze the health data of millions of patients—and the news drew attention from lawmakers and regulators, with HHS' Office for Civil Rights announcing a federal inquiry into the project over potential HIPAA concerns.

Former Trump officials were paid hundreds of thousands under CMS contract

November 13, 2019


At least eight former officials who served on President Trump's campaign, presidential transition team, or in the White House received as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars under a one-year CMS communications contract that is under federal investigation, according to new documents obtained by Politico.

This patient's surgery was fully covered by his insurance. So how did he wind up with a $11,000 bill?

November 13, 2019


In 2018, 63-year-old Tom Saputo was transported via air ambulance to receive a life-saving double lung transplant, but while the operation was fully covered by Saputo's health insurance, the air ambulance ride was out of his health plan's network and left Saputo with an $11,524.79 bill.

Maryland offers first-of-its-kind master's in medical cannabis

November 13, 2019


University of Maryland now offers a Master's of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics, the first graduate program of its kind in the nation.

UnityPoint Health, Sanford Health call off $11B proposed merger

November 13, 2019


UnityPoint Health and Sanford Health on Tuesday each announced that they will not proceed with a proposed merger that would have formed an $11 billion integrated health system.

Are providers the key to improving flu shot rates?

November 13, 2019


Little progress has been made in recent years to improve influenza shot uptake, but new research suggests spurring competition among providers to get more patients vaccinated could be the key to turning the needle.

Leapfrog just graded 2,633 hospitals on safety. How did they fare?

November 12, 2019


The Leapfrog Group last week released its Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A," but giving more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower.

US disparities in preventable causes of deaths, charted

November 12, 2019


U.S. residents living in rural areas of the country were more likely to die from preventable causes than those living in urban areas from 2010 to 2017, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

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