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Flu activity is 'widespread' in 48 states, CDC says

March 13, 2019


Between 22.8 million and 26.3 million people have been diagnosed with influenza so far this flu season, according to the latest reports.

Medicaid reforms, Medicare cuts, and more: Inside Trump's FY 2020 budget

March 12, 2019


The White House on Monday released President Trump's fiscal year 2020 budget proposal, which includes steep cuts to federal Medicaid funding, a national Medicaid work requirement, and a proposal to cut $854 billion in federal Medicare spending over 10 years.

At least 366 patient deaths may be linked to surgical stapler problems, FDA warns

March 12, 2019


FDA on Friday unveiled a sweeping plan to improve surgical stapler and implantable staple safety, after a Kaiser Health News investigation revealed that FDA's internal database contains thousands of stapler-related adverse event reports.

US progress on staph infections has stalled. Here's how CDC wants providers to respond.

March 12, 2019


A CDC report released last week showed U.S. progress on stemming bloodstream Staphylococcus aureus infections slowed from 2012 to 2017, prompting CDC to urge health care providers to recommit to using infection control recommendations.

How Facebook wants to stop the spread of anti-vaccine content—without deleting it

March 11, 2019


Facebook on Thursday announced it will no longer recommend anti-vaccination content on its Facebook and Instagram platforms, as measles outbreaks have continued to spread across the United States.

Do conflicts of interest lead accreditors to 'go easy' on some hospitals? CMS wants to find out.

March 11, 2019


CMS has received more than 120 comments on its effort to reduce financial conflicts of interest in the hospital accreditation market, and while some health care care organizations expressed support for the proposal, others said proposed regulations are unnecessary.

Is at-home cancer treatment 'closer than you might think'?

March 11, 2019


Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy can spend "hours a day in physician offices or outpatient clinics," but research shows providing cancer treatment at home could be a more effective solution, two oncologists write in STAT News.

How CMS is revamping its five-star ratings for nursing homes

March 11, 2019


CMS on Tuesday said it will implement various changes to its Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings, including lowering its threshold for penalties related to staffing levels and launching separate ratings for short-term and long-term care facilities.

Weekly Line: Gottlieb's got some unfinished business. So what happens when he leaves?

March 8, 2019


Washington, D.C., often is viewed as a town of political partisanship and gridlock, and it's rare for a policymaker to break free from those preconceptions.

HHS might require providers to disclose 'secret' prices negotiated with insurers

March 8, 2019


HHS under a proposed rule published Monday is seeking public comments on whether it should require health care providers to disclose the now-secret prices they negotiate with health insurers.

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