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US health spending growth accelerated last year. Here's why.

December 6, 2019


U.S. health spending growth increased at a faster rate in 2018 when compared with 2017, in part because the net cost of health insurance rose more quickly due to the return of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, according to a CMS report released Thursday.

The 30 health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

December 6, 2019


Forbes this week released its annual "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are "tackling health care issues at every scale."

Duke performs America's first adult heart donation after circulatory death

December 6, 2019


Doctors at Duke University Hospital have performed the country's first-ever adult heart transplant through a process called donation after circulatory death, and one of the surgeons involved says the process could expand the heart transplant donor pool by as much as 30%.

The White House wants hospitals to disclose their 'secret' prices. Now, hospitals are suing.

December 5, 2019


The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration that seeks to block a final rule that that requires hospitals to publicly post their insurer-negotiated rates.

The 2019-2020 flu season so far, mapped

December 3, 2019


Ten states were experiencing widespread influenza activity while 40 states were experiencing sporadic, local, or regional flu activity as of Nov. 23, according to CDC data updated last week.

Why doctors need to be leaders (and how to cultivate leadership)

December 3, 2019


While doctors typically are thought of as "scientists, caregivers, or educators, … we must also understand [them] as leaders," Dhruv Khullar, a physician and assistant professor of medicine and health care policy at Weill Cornell, writes for the New York Times' "Well," noting that both doctors and patients stand to benefit from more physician leadership in U.S. health care.

The 25 best health care inventions of 2019, according to TIME

December 2, 2019


TIME recently released its list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 based on factors including creativity, effectiveness, influence, and originality—and 25 health care inventions made the list.

Bad debt is rising again at nonprofit hospitals, Moody's finds

December 2, 2019


The amount of bad debt nonprofit hospitals experience increased in 2018 for the first time since 2014, in part because of changes to insurance benefit designs that are placing greater financial responsibility on patients, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

CMS will soon accept applications for a new value-based primary care model

November 27, 2019


CMS on Monday announced that health care providers next month will be able to start applying for the direct contracting pathways under the agency's new Primary Care First alternative payment model.

Why Mayo Clinic is opening a 741-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi

November 27, 2019


Mayo Clinic and Abu Dhabi Health Services Company on Sunday announced they will partner to open and operate a new multispecialty hospital in the United Arab Emirates—marking Mayo's latest and largest attempt at establishing an international brand.

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