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CMS delays new primary care, kidney care value-based payment models

October 28, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it is delaying the start of several new voluntary value-based payment models, but it continued to encourage Medicare providers to apply to participate in the payment models.

These 10 innovations will 'transform health care' in 2020, according to Cleveland Clinic

October 25, 2019


Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday released its annual list of the top 10 medical innovations the health system predicts will "transform health care" in 2020.

FDA recommends boxed warnings tying breast implants to cancer

October 25, 2019


FDA this week posted draft guidance recommending manufacturers include boxed warnings on breast implants after the agency found a link between certain implants and a sharp increase in cases of and deaths involving a rare cancer.

Why FTC is asking health systems, insurers for information on mergers

October 25, 2019


The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced that it has ordered two health systems and five health insurance companies to give the agency information that will help it with an ongoing project examining the effects of certain state regulations on mergers in the industry.

The top hospitals for 16 specialties, according to Healthgrades

October 23, 2019


Healthgrades on Tuesday released its 2020 Specialty Excellence Awards, which recognize 1,007 hospitals that rank in the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for at least one of 16 specialty areas Healthgrades evaluated.

Why providers' hiring practices are 'outdated,' according to Harvard Business Review

October 23, 2019


As the health care industry shifts towards value-based payments, it has become increasingly clear that the industry needs to do a better job of "generating outcomes that matter to patients," but current hiring practices can hinder health care organizations from achieving those goals, Elena Butler and Shreya Kangovi write for Harvard Business Review.

Why some Native American tribes are breaking with Indian Health Service

October 22, 2019


A growing number of Native American tribes are taking control of troubled government-run hospitals in an effort to improve care for their communities, but some are finding the turnaround is both slow and costly.

Sanofi pulls Zantac off the US market amid cancer concerns

October 22, 2019


French drugmaker Sanofi last week announced that it is recalling the common heartburn drug Zantac in the United States and Canada as a "precautionary measure," after U.S. and European health regulators linked the drug to a probable cancer-causing impurity.

A doctor's near-fatal mistake—and her 'life-changing' apology

October 22, 2019


Many health care providers are hesitant to apologize to patients after medical errors, but Kate McLean, an obstetrician-gynecologist, writes in the HuffPost's "HuffPostPersonal" that apologizing to a patient after she made a nearly fatal mistake during surgery "allowed [her] to connect in a way that actually made [her] better at [her] job."

J&J reaches $116.9M settlement in multistate case over vaginal mesh implants

October 21, 2019


South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson last week announced Johnson & Johnson and its medical device unit, Ethicon, have agreed to pay nearly $116.9 million to settle a multistate lawsuit alleging the companies deceptively marketed vaginal mesh implants.

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