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The best (and worst) states for health care, ranked

August 6, 2019

WalletHub on Monday released its latest list of the Best & Worst States for Health Care. See where your state ranks with American Health Line's interactive map.

US infant mortality, in 3 charts

August 6, 2019

The U.S. infant mortality rate remained stable in 2017 at 5.79 infants per 1,000 live births, and racial disparities in infant mortality persisted, according to a CDC report released Thursday.

What's inside CMS' 2,273-page IPPS final rule?

August 5, 2019

CMS on Friday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for fiscal year 2020, which aims to address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technologies and therapies.

CMS proposes 1.7% bump to Medicare payments for dialysis providers

August 5, 2019

CMS last week released a proposed rule that would update Medicare policies and payments for the End-Stage Renal Disease program and aims to promote the adoption of new equipment and supplies among dialysis facilities.

The 165 best hospitals, according to US News

August 2, 2019

U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 30th annual Best Hospitals rankings, which this year recognized 165 hospitals for their performance in at least one of 16 specialties.

Trump admin unveils plan to import foreign drugs. Will it actually lower prices?

August 2, 2019

HHS and FDA on Wednesday unveiled two potential pathways that entities in the United States could use to safely import drugs from other countries, where they typically are sold at lower prices.

Senate panel approves sweeping bill to lower Rx prices—but changes might be in store

July 26, 2019

The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday voted 19-9 to advance a bipartisan bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, but the bill might face opposition in the full Senate unless it undergoes substantial revisions.

Neil Armstrong's family received a $6M settlement from an Ohio hospital following his death, documents show

July 26, 2019

Mercy Health—Fairfield Hospital in 2014 reached a $6 million settlement with the family of astronaut Neil Armstrong, who died at the hospital following complications from cardiovascular surgery, according to previously undisclosed documents obtained by the New York Times and the Cincinnati Enquirer. The hospital in the documents did not admit to any wrongdoing.

These 'Big Three' medical conditions account for 62% of diagnostic errors

July 26, 2019

Diagnostic errors for cancers, infections, and vascular events accounted for more than 60% of medical malpractice claims over a 10-year period, according to a study published this month in the journal Diagnosis.

The Trump admin's top 3 health care priorities

July 25, 2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday laid out three of the Trump administration's top health care priorities heading into the 2020 election.

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