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About 20% of US rural hospitals are at high risk of closing, report finds

February 22, 2019


The Navigant report recommended federal lawmakers reintroduce and pass the Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act, which would "help rural hospitals by allowing them to sidestep" certain regulatory "hurdle[s]."

5 ways to keep high-cost patients out of the ED, according to the patients themselves

February 21, 2019


High-need patients make up just 5% of U.S. patients but account for almost half of health care spending—and researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and University of Florida recently reached out to such patients to found out they want and expect from providers.

CAR T-cell therapies save lives—but at an eye-popping cost. Here's how Medicare wants to cover them.

February 19, 2019


CMS on Friday proposed a national policy under which Medicare would cover CAR T-cell immunotherapies that treat cancer, but experts are concerned the proposal could limit beneficiaries' access to the treatments.

The 10 healthiest (and unhealthiest) US cities, according to WalletHub

February 15, 2019


All but two of the 10 healthiest cities in the United States are on the West Coast, and three of the top cities are in California, according to an analysis by WalletHub released Monday. See how your city fared on American Health Line's interactive map.

CVS has been teasing its new, in-store 'HealthHUBs' for months. Here's what's inside.

February 15, 2019


CVS Health recently launched three of its newly remodeled concept stores, called "HealthHUBs," which include spaces for patients to meet with clinicians, labs for blood testing, and more.

A 'really big shift': USPSTF recommends counseling for pregnant, postpartum women at risk of depression

February 14, 2019


The United States Preventive Services Task Force for the first time is recommending that women who are pregnant or who recently gave birth receive counseling if they have risk factors for depression.

Should small hospitals team up with a 'big name' like Mayo or Cleveland Clinic?

February 14, 2019


Small community hospitals increasingly are joining forces with larger health systems to give patients access to more specialized care, but experts say it is important to fully evaluate these agreements—as a big name does not automatically mean better quality.

These teens want to get vaccinated—whether their parents like it or not

February 13, 2019


Across the country, unvaccinated teenagers are calling into question their parents' decisions to avoid vaccinations and seeking out advice on how to get vaccinated.

Where Democratic presidential hopefuls Delaney, Klobuchar stand on health care

February 13, 2019


Former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, recently discussed the details of his proposal to implement a universal health care system in the United States, as Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) this week announced she is joining the swath of Democrats seeking the nomination.

'More parlor trick than medicine': Why the NYT is warning consumers about 23andMe—and how the company is fighting back

February 11, 2019


In an unusual broadside, the New York Times editorial board recently warned consumers that 23andMe's genetic screening tests are "more parlor trick than medicine"—and now 23andMe's CEO is pushing back against the media giant, defending the tests' accuracy and potential to increase access to genetic screening.

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