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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.

The 4 lessons AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw learned from his wife's car crash

November 26, 2019

When AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw's wife was hospitalized following a car accident, he encountered painful and frustrating challenges in navigating her care that ultimately inspired major changes at his own health system, Shaw writes on LinkedIn.

As vaping-related illness cases hit nearly 2.3K, Trump questions flavored e-cigarette ban

November 25, 2019

More public health experts and groups are calling on the Trump administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes—an intensifying push that came just days before President Trump in a meeting with industry stakeholders voiced concerns about the effect of such a ban.

This computer can predict when you'll die. (Just don't ask how it works.)

November 25, 2019

Researchers at Geisinger recently announced that they have developed an algorithm that uses electrocardiogram data to determine whether a person will die within a year—but they are not sure how the algorithm works.

Is there a MacGyver onboard? When a patient started hemorrhaging midflight, this doc and NP had to get creative.

November 22, 2019

In an emergency department, a gushing nosebleed like the one Jay Wellons, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, encountered midflight would be treated with special glue and a microcatheter, but writing for the New York Times, Wellons describes how he and a nurse practitioner managed to "essentially" stop the midflight hemorrhaging with over-the-counter nasal spray and two tampons.

Trump's visit to Walter Reed was for routine, preventive care, doctor says

November 20, 2019

The White House on Monday released a statement saying President Trump's visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday was for "regular, primary preventive care," after observers had speculated that Trump visited the center for emergency treatment.

Improper Medicare payments dip to 9-year low, HHS says

November 20, 2019

HHS on Monday announced the rate of improper Medicare fee-for-service payments in fiscal year (FY) 2019 was at the lowest point since FY 2010.

Are providers the key to improving flu shot rates?

November 13, 2019

Little progress has been made in recent years to improve influenza shot uptake, but new research suggests spurring competition among providers to get more patients vaccinated could be the key to turning the needle.

US disparities in preventable causes of deaths, charted

November 12, 2019

U.S. residents living in rural areas of the country were more likely to die from preventable causes than those living in urban areas from 2010 to 2017, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

This health care reporter felt like one of the 'best equipped people' to navigate cancer—until she had to do it

November 12, 2019

As a health care reporter whose father is a scientist and sister is a doctor, Alexandra Glorioso, who last year was diagnosed with breast cancer, felt like "one of the best equipped people to navigate" treatment for the disease—but Glorioso in Politico Magazine writes that she has felt "totally buried … much of the time."

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