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A transplant surgeon needed a new heart—fast. So he took the leap many of his patients feared.

February 11, 2019

Robert Montgomery, director of NYU Langone's Transplant Institute, for years has been advising transplant patients to opt for hepatitis C-infected organs, and now he is a living example of how successful procedures with such organs can be.

SCOTUS temporarily blocks Louisiana abortion requirements

February 8, 2019

The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 5-4 to temporarily block a Louisiana law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and set certain building and equipment standards for facilities where abortions are performed.

Medical scribes could cut costs by up to $31.15 per hour, according to a first-of-its-kind study

February 8, 2019

A large, randomized study of Australian emergency departments suggests medical scribes could help physicians see more patients and save hospitals up to $31.15 per scribed hour—with no significant risk to patient safety.

As the US uninsured rate declined, more adults became underinsured, survey finds

February 7, 2019

The U.S. uninsured rate has declined since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2010, but the percentage of underinsured U.S. adults has grown, according to a survey brief from the Commonwealth Fund released Thursday. See the trends, charted.

These 6 senators are asking hard questions about 'surprise' medical bills

February 7, 2019

A bipartisan group of senators this week sent letters to health care providers and insurers to learn more about their out-of-network billing and payment practices—a step toward potential legislation to rein in so-called "surprise" medical bills.

The 3 ways AI could worsen health disparities (and how providers can fight back)

February 7, 2019

While artificial intelligence "holds tremendous potential to improve medicine," the technology threatens to worsen existing health disparities, Dhruv Khullar, a physician and researcher, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

SOTU: Trump's pledge to end HIV/AIDs, tackle drug prices, and more

February 6, 2019

President Trump during his State of the Union address Tuesday night challenged the United States to end HIV/AIDS transmissions by 2030 and called on Congress to pass legislation to lower prescription drug prices, fund research for new childhood cancer treatments, and more.

Up to 90K veterans exposed to Agent Orange could get disability benefits under new court order

February 5, 2019

A federal court last week ordered Veterans Affairs (VA) to award disability benefits to as many as 90,000 so-called "Blue Water" Navy veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, but VA could appeal the ruling.

Dignity, CHI finalize merger to become one of US' largest nonprofit hospital systems

February 4, 2019

Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives on Friday finalized their merger to form CommonSpirit Health, which will be one of the largest nonprofit hospital systems in the United States.

CVS, Walgreens want to sink their teeth into dentistry

February 1, 2019

CVS and Walgreens are now offering teeth cleaning and straightening services at select locations as part of a push to provide a more diverse range of health services to customers.

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