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Google to ban ads for unproven cell, gene, and stem cell therapies

September 10, 2019


Google on Friday announced a new policy banning advertisements for "unproven or experimental medical techniques," including most cellular, gene, and stem cell therapies.

First, she had a heart transplant. Then, a debt collector added her on LinkedIn.

September 10, 2019


Tens of millions of U.S. residents owe medical debt, and it is not uncommon for collections agencies to pursue aggressive tactics to recoup the balance.

Mallinckrodt reaches settlement with Ohio counties in 'bellwether' opioid lawsuit

September 10, 2019


Drugmaker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals on Friday announced that it has reached a "settlement in principle" with two Ohio counties in a lawsuit scheduled to go to trial next month that claims opioid drugmakers, distributors, and others contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic.

Why it's so hard for patients to access their medical records

September 10, 2019


There is a great emphasis in health care today on amassing large databases of patient medical records, but for many patients, the process of accessing their own records can be challenging—and it is completely "at odds with your federal rights," Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, writes for NPR's "Shots."

As vaping illness deaths rise, public health officials are giving conflicting advice

September 9, 2019


Public health officials on Friday reported more deaths likely caused by a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as federal health agencies issued conflicting warnings about vaping and e-cigarette use.

CMS finalizes rule bolstering its authority to combat fraud

September 9, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized a rule that provides the agency with more authority to prevent fraud by rejecting or revoking a provider's or supplier's enrollment in CHIP, Medicare, and Medicaid if they are affiliated with organizations that have had their enrollment revoked because of fraud, waste, or abuse.

Why even doctors with opioid use disorder seldom get 'the gold standard' of care

September 9, 2019


While medication-assisted treatment is considered "the gold standard" for managing opioid-related substance use disorders, most state programs for health care professionals seeking to recover from opioid use disorders often deny access to such medications.

What's behind the recent vaping deaths? Health officials may have a lead.

September 6, 2019


Federal and state health officials this week announced they have identified high levels of vitamin E acetate in samples of marijuana vaping products that have been linked to a deadly lung illness affecting patients across the United States.

HHS awards $1.8B in state grants to combat, track opioid epidemic

September 6, 2019


HHS on Wednesday announced it will award more than $1.8 billion in funding to help states and communities continue to combat the opioid epidemic and improve data collection to track progress.

In the states: Judge approves deal to complete CVS-Aetna merger, North Carolina sues Juul for allegedly targeting children, and more

September 6, 2019


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

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