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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.

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.

'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.

Why home might not be the best place to die

September 4, 2019


As a palliative care physician, Richard Leiter has "struggled with the complex realities of dying at home"—and the issue took a personal turn for him recently as he navigated the end of his grandmother's life, he writes in the New York Times' "Well."

Has medicine secretly become a 'family-friendly profession'? (Not quite.)

September 4, 2019


Employers today often demand more of their employees' time, but Claire Cain Miller in the New York Times' "The Upshot" writes that medicine has evolved in ways that has allowed it to become "a stealth family-friendly profession"—a viewpoint on which many female physicians are pushing back.

This state is making 'the biggest bet yet' on value-based care

August 28, 2019


North Carolina and its largest private insurer recently have launched initiatives to move away from a fee-for-service model, toward value-based care, and several of the initiatives are showing early signs of success.

Judge orders J&J to pay Oklahoma $572M in first-of-its-kind opioid trial

August 27, 2019


A district court judge on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson contributed to Oklahoma's opioid crisis by downplaying the risks of its opioid drugs and ordered the company to pay the state $572 million.

We don’t know the effectiveness of a 'whopping 50%' of clinical treatments. So why do doctors use them?

August 27, 2019


When a doctor recommends a treatment, patients usually assume "it's based on solid evidence," but research shows that the number of popular clinical treatments that have been proven beneficial is "less than you might think," health economist Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

A mysterious lung illness linked to vaping was just tied to its first fatality

August 26, 2019


Illinois health officials on Friday announced the first death from a severe lung illness that health care providers and officials believe is linked with e-cigarette use and vaping.

Before surgery, don't eat. Don't drink. And ... don't use marijuana?

August 26, 2019


Health care providers have long recommended that patients avoid food and drink in the hours before they undergo anesthesia, and now, with the rising popularity of cannabis, doctors also are telling patients to avoid marijuana before surgery—and to tell their doctors if they use the substance.

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