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She had 2 kids and diabetes, according to her medical record. (Neither is true.)

December 17, 2018

Morgan Gleason, a college student with a rare autoimmune disease had never been pregnant, but her medical record said she had given birth twice, highlighting how electronic health records often can contain erroneous information.

An incoming lawmaker raised concerns that vaccines might cause autism. (And he's a physician.)

December 13, 2018

Rep.-elect Mark Green (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday questioned CDC research discrediting the theory that vaccines cause autism and told constituents at a town hall meeting that "there is some concern" that the rise in autism rates is linked to vaccines—though he later said his comments were "misconstrued."

Can your DNA reveal how you'll respond to antidepressants?

December 12, 2018

Color Genomics, a genetic test company, earlier this year said it will sell genetic tests to determine which antidepressants are most effective for specific patients—but experts are not sold on the science behind the test.

Is it time to reconsider the risks of statins?

December 12, 2018

Statins generally are considered safe treatment for high cholesterol, but a recent study suggests that doctors should give more consideration to the risks associated with the treatment.

How 3 top health systems engage their physicians (without boosting pay)

December 10, 2018

Faced with slim operating margins, hospitals today are looking beyond financial incentives to engage physicians.

The 118 'Top Hospitals' in the US, according to The Leapfrog Group

December 6, 2018

The Leapfrog Group's 2018 Top Hospitals list recognizes 118 hospitals for excellence in hospital quality, patient safety, and efficiency.

Nearly 1,700 hospitals violated 'the Golden Rule of emergency care,' according to a new investigation

December 5, 2018

About a third of U.S. hospitals over the past decade violated federal standards for providing emergency department care, according to an investigation by WebMD and Georgia Health News.

The 10 signs of 'BS' in health care, according to Wharton economists

December 5, 2018

A special report by University of Pennsylvania health care economists suggests the health care industry suffers from an "acute" problem with "deceptive, misleading, unsubstantiated, and foolish statements"—otherwise known as health care "BS."

Nearly 11,000 SNFs will receive Medicare penalties under new VBP program

December 5, 2018

CMS data show nearly 11,000 skilled nursing facilities will see their Medicare payments decrease in fiscal year 2019 as a result of poor performance under CMS' new Skilled Nursing Facility Value-based Purchasing Program.

The top 5 reasons patients sue doctors

December 5, 2018

Lee Goldsmith, a physician and a malpractice attorney, shares the five most common reasons why patients sue doctors.

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