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Is the US wasting donated kidneys? New study sparks debate.

September 5, 2019


There are 93,000 people in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, and kidney disease kills about 5,000 U.S. residents on the kidney waiting list annually—yet a study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine estimated the United States throws away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year.

Michigan will become first US state to ban flavored e-cigarette sales

September 5, 2019


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) on Wednesday ordered a statewide ban on flavored e-cigarette sales, after the state's Department of Health and Human Services determined youth e-cigarette use constitutes a public health emergency.

Medicare paid twice for about $161M in hospice drugs, report finds

September 5, 2019


Medicare Part D in 2016 unnecessarily spent an estimated $161 million on drugs that already were covered under Medicare Part A, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.

Did California's provider payment rate-setting law work? It's complicated, research suggests.

September 5, 2019


A California law touted as a national model for addressing so-called "surprise" medical bills has led to fewer surprise bills for patients and lower payment rates for in-network and out-of-network physicians—but it might be driving physician group consolidation, according to recent research.

Hospitals are avoiding admitting Medicare patients to dodge financial penalties, study suggests

September 5, 2019


A study recently published in BMJ reinforces concerns that hospitals are treating Medicare patients in emergency departments and observation areas instead of admitting them to the hospital to avoid readmissions penalties.

'Nursefluencers' are taking over Instagram—and some critics are worried

September 5, 2019


Health care providers increasingly are becoming social media influencers—people who promote products in their pictures to their followers—but some critics worry the practice blurs the line between harmless social media and medically unethical practices.

CMS awards $10M in grants for ACA navigators

September 5, 2019


CMS on Friday announced it has awarded $10 million in grants to 34 Affordable Care Act navigators for the 2020 and 2021 open enrollment periods.

As mysterious lung illness spreads, federal officials issue a stark warning

September 4, 2019


CDC and FDA on Friday warned e-cigarette users against using vaping ingredients purchased from unauthorized vendors and modifying vaping products, citing an increase in cases of a mysterious lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping.

CMS upgrades Medicare Plan Finder for the first time in a decade

September 4, 2019


CMS has launched a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder that aims to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their coverage options.

FDA says hospitals should transition to duodenoscopes with disposable parts

September 4, 2019


FDA in a safety statement released Thursday advised health care facilities and manufacturers to transition to duodenoscopes with disposable endcap components to help reduce the spread of infection between patients.

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