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Democratic presidential candidates wrap up 2019 debates with clash over Medicare for All

December 20, 2019


Candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president during Thursday's primary debate again clashed over so-called "Medicare-for-All" proposals—closing out the final debate of this year with a topic that has dominated the Democratic presidential primary debates so far.

VA ends hospital star-ratings program

December 20, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) this month discontinued its star-ratings system in an effort to better enable veterans seeking care to compare both VA and non-VA health care facilities.

Navajo Nation plans to create 'one-of-a-kind' Medicaid program in New Mexico

December 20, 2019


The Navajo Nation recently announced plans to contract with Molina Healthcare to create a managed-health care offering under New Mexico's Medicaid program—a move that would make the tribe one of the first to create a managed-health care entity.

How the Trump admin wants to enable states to import lower-cost drugs from Canada

December 19, 2019


HHS on Wednesday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and draft guidance that together would allow states and drugmakers to import lower-cost versions of prescription drugs from other countries—though the proposals exclude certain high-cost and specialty drugs, such as biologics and insulin, that have been major concerns in discussions about U.S. drug pricing.

How HHS wants to overhaul organ donations—and promote more living donors

December 19, 2019


HHS on Tuesday released two proposed rules intended to hold underperforming organ procurement organizations accountable for performance and promote more organ donations from living donors.

The 120 best hospitals, according to Leapfrog

December 18, 2019


The Leapfrog Group on Tuesday released its 2019 Top Hospitals list, recognizing 120 hospitals for excellence in hospital quality, patient safety, and efficiency.

FDA approves 1st fully disposable duodenoscope

December 17, 2019


FDA on Friday approved the first fully disposable duodenoscope, which is designed to eliminate the potential risk of infection that is tied to reusable scopes.

1 in 4 Americans have delayed care due to cost. (But many are still happy with their health care.)

December 11, 2019


A record number of U.S. adults say they have put off receiving medical care due to cost, yet many say they are satisfied with their overall costs for health care, according to Gallup's annual Health and Healthcare poll.

Are hair dyes, straighteners harmful? New study shows link to breast cancer among women.

December 11, 2019


Women who use permanent hair dye or chemically straighten their hair might be at a higher risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study recently published in the International Journal of Cancer—but cancer researchers are cautioning that the findings do not show causation and should be viewed in the appropriate context.

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