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FDA approved a record number of fast-tracked drugs in 2018. Is that good news for patients?

July 9, 2019


FDA approved a record high of 43 drugs through fast-track programs in 2018, representing 73% of new drugs approved by the agency last year and establishing a "new normal" that "is transforming medical decision-making for the seriously ill," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Hospitals saved nearly $1K per patient with joint replacement bundles

July 9, 2019


Hospitals that participated in CMS' Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model saved $997 more per care episode in their first two performance years when compared with control groups, according to a new analysis.

1 in 4 hospitals aren't properly handling 'never events,' according to Leapfrog

July 3, 2019


Roughly one in four hospitals do not meet the Leapfrog Group's standard for appropriately responding to a "never event," according to a Leapfrog report released Thursday.

How this health system reduced ED visits for oncology patients—and lowered costs

July 2, 2019


Christiana Care Health System in November 2016 introduced a nurse navigator initiative for cancer patients that has helped improve clinical outcomes while reducing costs.

Medtronic insulin pumps could be hacked, FDA warns

July 1, 2019


FDA and Medtronic on Thursday announced a recall of Medtronic's MiniMed insulin pumps, citing the potential for hackers to manipulate the pumps.

FDA shuts down its database that shielded adverse event reports from the public

June 27, 2019


FDA on Friday said it has officially stopped using a database that had allowed medical device manufacturers to privately submit certain malfunction reports, and instead will look to improve its public reporting database and use real-world data to quickly identify and respond to medical device safety incidents.

From 'secret' price disclosures to upfront out-of-pocket costs: Inside Trump's latest executive order on health care

June 25, 2019


President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at increasing transparency of U.S. health care costs and quality that calls for requiring hospitals and physicians employed by hospitals to post their prices publicly, including the discounted prices they have negotiated with health insurers.

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