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'Hundreds, perhaps thousands,' of women coaxed into risky surgery—whether they need it or not, NYT reports

April 17, 2018


A New York Times investigation finds that a cottage industry has sprung up to "coax" women into undergoing potentially unnecessary surgery to remove vaginal mesh implants, helping law firms build better lawsuits—and get larger settlements—against device manufacturers.

How US News wants to help patients select their doctors

April 12, 2018


U.S. News & World Report says a new effort to add patient experience ratings to its physician profile pages is intended to help consumers "compare physicians and … make more informed health care decisions."

Meet the new director of innovation for Medicare and Medicaid

April 9, 2018


Adam Boehler, the founder and former CEO of Landmark Health, beginning this week will serve as the new deputy administrator and director of CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

What patients value most, according to 7M physician reviews

April 4, 2018


While patients value clinical quality of care, an analysis of seven million published physician reviews by Healthgrades and the Medical Group Management Association shows that more than half of reviews cite nonclinical factors, such as a physician's compassion, personality, and bedside manner.

With US IV bag supply dwindling, Brigham docs devised this simple, 3-step workaround

March 29, 2018


IV bags are one of the most commonly used medical supplies, but the United States for months has been experiencing a shortage of small IV bags, which is starting to also affect large IV bags.

Maryland's unique experiment in all-payer budgeting is paying off, report finds

March 28, 2018


John McDonough, a health policy professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says Maryland's global budget pilot program for hospitals "is pretty bold and it's pretty thoughtfully done and has generated a huge amount of interest around the country."

The 3-step plan that drove one hospital's C. diff infection rate to zero

March 22, 2018


Stillwater Medical Center in Oklahoma implemented three steps to reduce its rate of hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile to zero.

How the new Health Care Innovation Caucus hopes to accelerate value-based care

March 22, 2018


Reps. Ami Bera (D-Calif.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), and Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) say the new Health Care Innovation Caucus will look to "advance a legislative agenda that encourages innovative policy ideas to improve the quality of care and lower costs for consumers."

The key findings in a landmark report on US abortion care

March 19, 2018


A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report concludes abortion care in the United States is safe for women, but state laws and regulations that limit or delay access can pose barriers to quality care.

Get rid of MIPS and replace it with this, MedPAC tells Congress

March 19, 2018


The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission in its March report recommends that Congress eliminate MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System and replace it with a new, voluntary program intended to ease reporting burdens.

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