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We don’t know the effectiveness of a 'whopping 50%' of clinical treatments. So why do doctors use them?

August 27, 2019


When a doctor recommends a treatment, patients usually assume "it's based on solid evidence," but research shows that the number of popular clinical treatments that have been proven beneficial is "less than you might think," health economist Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

Here's Florida's plan to import drugs from Canada

August 27, 2019


Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration on Wednesday submitted a concept paper to HHS outlining the state's proposal for importing drugs from Canada.

Trump's latest push to address veteran suicides? This black-boxed antidepressant.

August 27, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said he had directed Veterans Affairs to purchase a large amount of Johnson & Johnson's ketamine-based antidepressant, which FDA has mandated must be sold with a so-called "black box" warning, in hopes of reducing veteran suicides—but VA in a statement indicated that its policy for covering the drug remained unchanged.

'Fertility fraud': At-home DNA tests are revealing physicians who replaced donor sperm with their own

August 26, 2019


At-home DNA tests are revealing cases in which fertility doctors secretly used their own sperm to impregnate patients, leading some states to criminalize so-called "fertility fraud"—and sparking a debate over whether it should be considered a form of sexual assault.

Before surgery, don't eat. Don't drink. And ... don't use marijuana?

August 26, 2019


Health care providers have long recommended that patients avoid food and drink in the hours before they undergo anesthesia, and now, with the rising popularity of cannabis, doctors also are telling patients to avoid marijuana before surgery—and to tell their doctors if they use the substance.

Nearly 40% of cancer drug approval trials lack data on race. Here's why that matters.

August 23, 2019


More than one-third of clinical trials that led to the approval of new cancer drugs between 2008 and 2018 did not include data on participants' race, according to a study published last week in JAMA Oncology.

Forget what you see on TV: Here's what CPR is really like

August 22, 2019


On television, when providers rush to administer CPR to a patient, they are almost always successful, but in real life, cardiac arrest often is more deadly.

Why CMS is revamping its star ratings (and why hospital groups aren't pleased)

August 20, 2019


CMS on Monday announced the agency in early 2020 will update hospital star ratings using its current methodology, despite pushback from providers who say the methodology is flawed. CMS also said by 2021 it will release a proposed rule aimed at changing the methodology.

'Rating the raters': How US News, Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and CMS stack up

August 19, 2019


Prominent hospital ratings systems are highly influential, but they also can generate contradictory results that do not always align with clinicians' own assessments, a group of authors write in NEJM Catalyst, highlighting the shortcomings of several major hospital ratings systems.

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