August 9, 2019
Scores of medical devices that currently are in use have never been assessed by security researchers, so to build an understanding of security flaws, organizers of the BioHacking village at DefCon built a mock hospital equipped with both new and older devices for hackers to try to breach.
Binge drinking often is associated with college-aged adults, but new data show that drinking in excess also is a habit for almost 11% of seniors, who providers say are at increased risk of alcohol-related harms such as falls.
The top five short-term health plan insurers in 2018 spent only about 39% of premium dollars on medical care, well below the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio threshold, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' 2018 Accident and Health Policy Report published last week.
Doctors are testing whether they can use CRISPR to treat patients with sickle cell disease, marking the first time doctors in the United States have used the gene-editing tool to treat a patient with a genetic disorder.
Adam Litwin has wanted to be a doctor since he was a child—so much so that, in 2000, he went to jail for impersonating one—and now, almost 20 years later, he has graduated from medical school.
In four states, Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments in 2014 exceeded hospitals' aggregate uncompensated care costs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report—but in 29 states, the payments covered less than half of such costs.
American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.
August 8, 2019
Researchers at Washington University have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that can detect the condition in asymptomatic patients and might be more sensitive than a PET brain scan, according to a paper published last week in Neurology.
CMS on Wednesday announced that Medicare will cover FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies nationwide at health care facilities that meet certain requirements, but the agency did not change Medicare's payment rates for the treatments.
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