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CMS proposes FY 2020 payment increases for inpatient rehab, psych facilities

April 19, 2019

CMS this week released proposed rules that would increase payments for inpatient rehab facilities and inpatient psychiatric facilities by 2.3%, or $195 million, and 1.7%, or $75 million, respectively, for fiscal year 2020.

Why 23andMe might not detect your risk of breast cancer

April 19, 2019

A study of 100,000 people released earlier this month shows 23andMe's genetic test would have missed identifying the increased breast cancer risk of nearly 90% of women who carry a BRCA mutation, which increases their likelihood of cancer.

In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019

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

FDA halts US sales of vaginal mesh implants

April 17, 2019

FDA on Tuesday ordered the two remaining manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants to immediately stop selling and distributing the products in the United States, citing safety concerns.

Should nurses be prosecuted for medical errors? A new case spurs debate.

April 16, 2019

Prosecutors in Tennessee have charged a nurse with reckless homicide and patient abuse for a fatal medical error—but some experts say the "unprecedented" charge could jeopardize patient safety by making hospital staff hesitant to report errors.

Hep C-infected organs can be safely transplanted into non-infected patients, another study finds

April 8, 2019

Hearts and lungs donated from people who were hepatitis C-positive can be safely transplanted into non-infected patients, according to a study published last week.

FDA cracks down on unapproved stem cell treatments

April 8, 2019

FDA on Wednesday sent warning letters to at least 20 companies the agency believes are offering unapproved stem-cell treatments and products to consumers.

When is it time for a doctor to retire? Here are 6 'red flags,' according to a 70-year-old physician.

April 8, 2019

A growing number of doctors are working beyond retirement age, and patients being treated by these aging doctors might "wonder whether [their] doctor is still competent" and if they should be looking for a younger physician, Jonathan Maltz, a 70-year-old family physician, writes in a Washington Post perspective.

How urgent care centers are better than EDs, according to Yelp reviewers

April 2, 2019

As urgent care centers become a popular alternative to the emergency department (ED), Yelp reviews can offer insight into what EDs lack in comparison—and where they have an advantage, according to a study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

The 10 healthiest communities in the US, according to US News

April 1, 2019

U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its Healthiest Communities Rankings, which list counties and county equivalents that score highly on 10 health-related criteria.
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