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US abortion rate dropped 24% over 10 years, CDC data show

December 7, 2018

The U.S. abortion rate reached the lowest rate ever recorded in 2015 following significant declines over the past decade, according to a recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

How the Trump admin wants to make health care more competitive

December 6, 2018

HHS, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury in a 119-page report recommend reforms across the U.S. health care market to promote choice and competition.

This woman's viral letter shed a light on the cost barriers to organ transplants

December 6, 2018

Hedda Martin, a 60-year-old Michigan resident who needs a heart transplant, was denied the procedure and told to raise $10,000 before providers would consider the transplant—and her viral social media post has shed a light on how cost can be a barrier to patients in need of new organs.

Nearly 1,700 hospitals violated 'the Golden Rule of emergency care,' according to a new investigation

December 5, 2018

About a third of U.S. hospitals over the past decade violated federal standards for providing emergency department care, according to an investigation by WebMD and Georgia Health News.

Hospitals are suing to block Medicare's site-neutral payments

December 5, 2018

The American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical College, and three independent health systems in a lawsuit argue that the Trump administration does not have the authority to implement a new site-neutral payment policy under Medicare.

Why health systems and other providers are trying to make clinical trial enrollment easier

December 3, 2018

A number of health systems, cancer centers, and other providers are coming together to form networks intended to make it easier for pharmaceutical companies to use their facilities—and patients—to conduct clinical trials.

The heaviest users of telemedicine? They don't live where you'd expect.

November 30, 2018

Telemedicine use is growing slowly, especially in mental health and primary care, but telemedicine users are more likely to live in cities than rural areas, according to a new study.

The next frontier for mental health care: Walmart?

November 28, 2018

A Boston-based company this month opened the first mental health retail clinic in a Walmart store in hopes of expanding access to mental health services—but some mental health experts are skeptical of the endeavor.

Grassley will chair Senate Finance Committee—and some say he'll crack down on pharma

November 21, 2018

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) will take over as chair of the Senate Finance Committee in January 2019, and some observers say the move could be bad news for the pharmaceutical industry.

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