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How one hospital skewed CDC's 2015 non-fatal gun injury estimate

August 19, 2019

The inclusion of data from a single hospital added 22,000 non-fatal gun injuries to CDC's national estimate for 2015, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight and The Trace, shining light on sensitivities in CDC's statistical model that can result in unreliable data.

'Rating the raters': How US News, Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and CMS stack up

August 19, 2019

Prominent hospital ratings systems are highly influential, but they also can generate contradictory results that do not always align with clinicians' own assessments, a group of authors write in NEJM Catalyst, highlighting the shortcomings of several major hospital ratings systems.

See the human brain in 'unprecedented detail,' as revealed by Mass Gen. researchers

August 16, 2019

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in a paper that is awaiting publication say they have produced ultra-high-resolution MRIs of a human brain that represent some of the most detailed three-dimensional images of an intact human brain ever to exist.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

An appeals court just reinstated the controversial 2017 DSH payment rule (and it could cost some hospitals millions)

August 16, 2019

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's ruling and reinstated a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

Drugmakers and health systems are sharing your genetic data. Here's why.

August 15, 2019

Drugmakers and health systems are entering into agreements to share patients' genetic information for research purposes—but these sometimes-exclusive deals are attracting pushback from some ethics and privacy experts.

40% of patients faced 'surprise' out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals

August 14, 2019

The number of U.S. patients who were billed for out-of-network care received at in-network hospitals rose between 2010 and 2016and the costs of those bills increased, as wellaccording to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Where you live could determine how your heart attack is treated

August 14, 2019

A patient's geographic region is strongly correlated with whether he or she receives a high-intensity statin after a heart attack, according to a study recently published in JAMA Cardiology.

An immune-disorder drug is in a shortage. Here’s how it's affecting patients.

August 13, 2019

U.S. hospitals and infusion clinics are rationing a medicine approved to treat immune disorders and suspending treatment for many patients who use the drug amid a nationwide shortage.

‘Heroics in the face of violence’: Inside University Medical Center of El Paso after the mass shooting

August 13, 2019

For staff at University Medical Center of El Paso, the hours after the recent mass shooting in their city were a time of "heroics in the face of violence," according to the New York Times, which recounts the team's efforts to save 14 victims who had been gunned down at a Walmart.

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