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CMS finalizes Medicare payment updates for home health and kidney care

November 1, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized two separate rules that will increase Medicare payments for home health agencies and end-stage renal disease care.

White House launches website to connect patients with substance use disorder treatment

November 1, 2019


The Trump administration this week launched FindTreatment.gov, a website to help connect people with treatment options for substance use disorders.

The 3 root causes of US drug shortages, according to FDA

October 31, 2019


U.S. drug shortages are increasing and causing hospitals to ration lifesaving treatments, according to an FDA report released Tuesday, and the agency has three main recommendations to address the issue.

Inside Facebook's move into preventive health

October 30, 2019


Facebook on Monday announced the launch of a new tool intended to connect U.S. users with preventive health resources and send them medical appointment reminders—though some experts say the company's past trouble with medical misinformation and personal data might pose an obstacle to user adoption.

Federal judge blocks Alabama law that seeks to make abortion care a felony

October 30, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked an Alabama law that would make it a felony for doctors to provide abortion care under almost any circumstances.

Rep. Greg Walden is retiring. Here's what he's done on health care.

October 30, 2019


Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), who since 2017 has served as the top Republican on the House Energy & Commerce Committee, on Monday announced that he will retire at the end of the current Congress and will not seek re-election.

Amid blackouts, California hospitals face wrenching choices: Power their EHRs? Refrigerate vaccines? Keep the lights on?

October 30, 2019


As wildfires rage in California, utility plants are taking precautionary measures and scheduling planned power outages that force many medical providers to make difficult decisions, revealing shortcomings in U.S. hospitals' emergency response.

Weight-loss surgery could be right for some kids, pediatrician group says

October 30, 2019


Children and adolescents with severe obesity should be considered candidates for bariatric and metabolic surgery, which has been found to lead to long-term weight loss and better overall health for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement issued Sunday.

See the top 10 drugs involved in overdose deaths, charted

October 29, 2019


Methamphetamine caused more fatal drug overdoses in the western United States than the synthetic opioid fentanyl in 2017, according to a report released Friday by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics—though fentanyl was tied to the most drug-related overdose deaths nationwide.

FDA warns hospitals could face medical device shortages. Here's why.

October 29, 2019


FDA on Friday warned that hospitals could face medical device shortages after a number of sterilization facilities that use a gas called ethylene oxide have closed.

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