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US fertility rates are falling. These 3 charts show how.

October 18, 2018

U.S. fertility rates are falling, and new research suggests hospitals are responding by cutting obstetrician units, particularly those in rural areas.

PCSK9 drugs can save lives—but a pricing 'battle' is undercutting patient access

October 18, 2018

PCSK9 inhibitors, a new class of drugs that help reduce cholesterol levels, can be life-saving for some patients—but many do not have access to the drugs because of their extremely high prices.

More private equity firms are buying orthopedic practices. Here's why.

October 16, 2018

Acquisitions of orthopedic practices by private equity firms are projected to increase over the next five years, which will lead to further consolidation of the hip and knee replacement market, according to a report by investment bank Edgemont Capital.

After Hurricane Michael, hospitals face shattered facilities, short supplies, and triage challenges

October 12, 2018

In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, hospitals across the Florida Panhandle are reporting significant structural and water damage from the storm, prompting a new wave of patient evacuations and leaving one state psychiatric hospital "entirely cut off" from ground transport.

Trump bashes Medicare-for-All in USA Today. (But fact-checkers argue he made these 5 misleading claims.)

October 11, 2018

President Trump in a USA Today op-ed argues that so-called "Medicare-for-All" legislation championed by legislators such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would "end Medicare as we know it," but fact-checkers say Trump's argument included several false or misleading statements.

Total number of veteran suicides falls—but rate spikes among younger vets, report finds

October 11, 2018

Veteran Affairs' 2016 National Suicide Data Report shows that although the total number of suicides among U.S. veterans decreased from 2015 to 2016, the suicide rate among veterans ages 18 to 34 increased by more than 10%.

How this hospital is changing the way EDs treat substance use disorders

October 11, 2018

Highland Hospital in Northern California provides opioid withdrawal treatment on the spot to patients in its emergency department.

DOJ just approved CVS-Aetna's $69B merger

October 10, 2018

The Department of Justice will allow CVS Health and health insurer Aetna to move forward with their merger provided Aetna divests its Medicare Part D business.

Why millennials are ditching primary care (and what providers can do about it)

October 10, 2018

Research shows that a number of young adults are choosing to seek care from telemedicine providers, retail clinics, and urgent care facilities instead of primary care providers (PCPs)—and some PCPs are looking to win back millennial patients by offering more convenience.

What Kavanaugh's confirmation means for SCOTUS' health care rulings

October 8, 2018

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has ruled on several high-profile health care cases that some observers say could shed light on how he would rule if cases on those issues were to reach the Supreme Court.

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