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Where EMS providers take patients might depend on race, study suggests

September 11, 2019


Black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries are less likely to be transported to the same emergency departments as white Medicare beneficiaries, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Friday in JAMA Network Open.

How insurers are moving to cover multimillion-dollar gene therapies

September 9, 2019


Major insurers are eyeing and developing new strategies to help employers cover the cost of gene therapies priced at millions of dollars per treatment.

Why even doctors with opioid use disorder seldom get 'the gold standard' of care

September 9, 2019


While medication-assisted treatment is considered "the gold standard" for managing opioid-related substance use disorders, most state programs for health care professionals seeking to recover from opioid use disorders often deny access to such medications.

He died of an overdose—after $110,000 in substance use disorder treatment

September 6, 2019


Sean Blake died of a drug-related overdose in August 2017, after nearly a decade cycling in and out of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs that cost his family $110,000—a story that highlights the flaws in the U.S. SUD treatment system.

HHS awards $1.8B in state grants to combat, track opioid epidemic

September 6, 2019


HHS on Wednesday announced it will award more than $1.8 billion in funding to help states and communities continue to combat the opioid epidemic and improve data collection to track progress.

Many hospitals aren't ready to handle pediatric emergencies, study finds

September 6, 2019


A new study finds critically ill children have higher mortality rates when hospital emergency departments are not prepared for pediatric patients—but Jeremy Kahn, a fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and the study's senior author, says there are steps hospitals can take to better prepare for pediatric emergencies.

In the states: Judge approves deal to complete CVS-Aetna merger, North Carolina sues Juul for allegedly targeting children, and more

September 6, 2019


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

Is the US wasting donated kidneys? New study sparks debate.

September 5, 2019


There are 93,000 people in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, and kidney disease kills about 5,000 U.S. residents on the kidney waiting list annually—yet a study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine estimated the United States throws away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year.

Medicare paid twice for about $161M in hospice drugs, report finds

September 5, 2019


Medicare Part D in 2016 unnecessarily spent an estimated $161 million on drugs that already were covered under Medicare Part A, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.

Trump admin ends 'deferred action' policy for undocumented immigrants undergoing life-saving medical care

September 3, 2019


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier this month quietly eliminated a policy that allowed undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their family members are receiving life-saving medical care—though the agency yesterday said it is reviewing whether to continue "a very limited" version of the policy.

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