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Only 1 in 5 hospitals meets Leapfrog's standards for maternity care

May 31, 2019

About one in five hospitals in the United States last year met national performance targets for maternal care interventions like cesarean sections, according to Leapfrog Group's 2019 Maternity Care Report published Wednesday.

Where the medical malpractice system falls short, according to research

May 30, 2019

Research shows that a small percentage of U.S. doctors are responsible for a disproportionate number of medical malpractice claims, but research suggests "very little" is done to prevent these doctors from continuing to practice, according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

How these health systems cut sepsis rates and saved lives

May 29, 2019

Baylor Scott & White and Ascension in recent years have rolled out their own standardized strategies to treat sepsis, and their programs are helping reduce mortality.

How would single-payer impact health care costs and quality? It's not clear, CBO says.

May 24, 2019

Congressional Budget Office officials this week told House Budget Committee members that there currently are too many unknowns surrounding a single-payer health care system to determine how such a system would affect insurance rates and government spending, but any transition to single-payer would be "complicated."

Inside the 'ambitious' Alexander-Murray proposal to combat 'surprise' medical bills, lower drug costs

May 24, 2019

Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, on Thursday unveiled bipartisan draft legislation that aims to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and lower prescription drug costs in the United States.

Map: The best (and worst) states for hospital safety, according to Leapfrog

May 24, 2019

The Leapfrog Group recently released its spring Hospital Safety Grades, and now you can use American Health Line's map to see how your state's hospitals fared compared with others on patient safety metrics.

Nearly half of rural US residents can't afford a $1,000 medical bill, survey finds

May 24, 2019

The draft bill from Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the committee's ranking member, includes a new proposal to address so-called "surprise" medical bills that would require hospitals in a health plan's network to ensure all of their providers also are in the plan's network.

The best (and worst) states for health care, according to US News

May 23, 2019

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked health care in all 50 states, based on care quality, access, and public health metrics, and you can see how your state fared with American Health Line's interactive map.

Should hospitals hire a 'Chief Imitation Officer'?

May 23, 2019

In health care, "imitation" has taken a backseat to "innovation," and as a result, providers and insurers are missing out on best practices that could save patient lives and money, according to Dhruv Khullar, an internal medicine physician at Weill Cornell Medicine.

SCOTUS orders appeals court to reassess ruling in FDA labeling case

May 23, 2019

The Supreme Court in a unanimous ruling issued Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to revive hundreds of lawsuits that accuse Merck of failing to warn patients about the potential risks of its osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

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