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From 'secret' price disclosures to upfront out-of-pocket costs: Inside Trump's latest executive order on health care

June 25, 2019

President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at increasing transparency of U.S. health care costs and quality that calls for requiring hospitals and physicians employed by hospitals to post their prices publicly, including the discounted prices they have negotiated with health insurers.

Are US hospitals prepared for wildfires?

June 25, 2019

U.S. hospital infrastructure is underprepared for mass casualty burn events, which might become more common as destructive wildfires grow in frequency, experts say.

ECMO can save lives. It can also become a 'bridge to nowhere.'

June 21, 2019

Wider use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines has saved some patients from an otherwise certain death—but experts say it also can leave people who have no chance of recovery in a medical limbo.

Alexander, Murray just released updated legislation to address 'surprise' medical bills. Here's what made the cut.

June 20, 2019

Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Wednesday formally introduced a wide-ranging bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would establish a benchmark provider payment rate for out-of-network services, instead of the arbitration process favored by hospital industry groups.

What happens when a hospital gets 4,500 scam calls in just 2 hours?

June 20, 2019

Tufts Medical Center in April 2018 received almost 5,000 scam phone calls in two hours, bringing communications at the hospital to a standstill—and it is not the only health care provider to be hit with such calls.

Why clinicians can't keep 'doing more with less,' according to one nurse

June 20, 2019

Hospice nurse and author Theresa Brown in a CNN opinion piece writes that the health care system should stop telling clinicians to "do more with less," arguing that the system routinely prioritizes profits "over pain, over kindness, over nurses and doctors being able to do our jobs."

Lawmakers still split on how to address 'surprise' medical bills

June 19, 2019

Lawmakers and stakeholders during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing Tuesday agreed steps must be taken to address so-called "surprise" medical bills, but they were divided over the best way to do so.

The 'Best Children's Hospitals' of 2019, according to US News

June 18, 2019

U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings, naming the 10 best children's hospitals in the country, as well as the top 50 children's hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties.

She thought her spine surgery was fully covered—then came a nearly $100K charge

June 18, 2019

Liv Cannon's fiancé thought it was a scam when Cannon received an explanation of benefits detailing a nearly $100,000 medical charge about a year after she underwent life-changing back surgery—but it turns out the charge was real.

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