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How are US residents handling mounting health care costs? See the answer, charted.

April 10, 2019

U.S. residents in 2018 borrowed an estimated $88 billion to pay for needed health care, according to a Gallup and West Health survey released last week.

Meet 'Charlie,' the homeless patient who helped cut hospital use by 44%

April 10, 2019

Charlie was a homeless resident in Clearlake, California, who in just one year racked up 25 hospital visits and 16 emergency transports, and he also was the first patient to join Project Restoration—an initiative that helped Charlie recover, reduced his hospital use, and ultimately saved the health system money.

Trump admin closes loophole in policy banning foreign aid to orgs promoting abortion

April 10, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that the Trump administration is expanding a policy that prohibits the U.S. government from funding groups that provide or promote abortion abroad.

The new telehealth benefits coming to MA plans

April 8, 2019

CMS on Friday finalized a rule that aims to increase Medicare beneficiaries' access to care by broadening the telehealth services covered under Medicare Advantage plans.

Hep C-infected organs can be safely transplanted into non-infected patients, another study finds

April 8, 2019

Hearts and lungs donated from people who were hepatitis C-positive can be safely transplanted into non-infected patients, according to a study published last week.

How Cigna, Express Scripts plan to cap patients' monthly insulin costs

April 3, 2019

Cigna and Express Scripts on Wednesday announced the launch of a new program that will give Express Scripts' clients the option to cap their enrollees' out-of-pocket costs for a 30-day supply of insulin at $25.

Johns Hopkins surgeons perform first-ever live HIV-positive kidney transplant

March 29, 2019

Surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine on Monday performed the first-ever kidney transplant from a living HIV-positive donor to an HIV-positive patient, potentially opening the door to an expanded pool of organ donors.

CMS proposes significant changes to TAVR program requirements. Here's what you should know.

March 28, 2019

CMS on Tuesday proposed a set of policies that would make it easier for providers to meet surgical volume requirements to launch a transcatheter aortic valve replacement program and receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for the procedure.

EConsults are becoming more popular in health care, but there's still some unknowns

March 28, 2019

A growing number of primary care doctors are replacing in-person specialist consults with electronic consultations—a practice that can "free up capacity in crowded health systems" and reduce wait times for other patients, according to health economist Austin Frakt.

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