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Allergan recalls breast implants linked to rare cancer

July 25, 2019

Allergan on Wednesday announced a global recall of the company's Biocell textured breast implants, after FDA found a link between the implants and a sharp increase in cases of and deaths involving a rare cancer.

Inside the Senate Finance Committee's sweeping new proposal to lower Rx drug costs

July 24, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member on the committee, on Tuesday introduced a sweeping bill aimed at lowering prescription drug costs by changing various Medicare and Medicaid policies, but the bill quickly drew criticism from congressional Republicans and the pharmaceutical industry.

Indian Health Services hospitals are putting patients' health at risk, investigators find

July 24, 2019

Major issues at Indian Health Service hospitals have led to unsafe conditions for patients, risky opioid prescribing practices, and information technology vulnerabilities, according to two reports released Monday by HHS' Office of Inspector General.

HHS, DOD team up on a $100M initiative to create antibiotics to fight superbugs

July 24, 2019

HHS and the Department of Defense under a new partnership with pharmaceutical company VenatoRx will invest up to $100 million to help develop an antibiotic that can treat antibiotic-resistant superbugs, the departments announced Monday.

Most hospitals aren't meeting Leapfrog’s volume requirements for these 8 high-risk surgeries

July 22, 2019

Most hospitals fail to meet the Leapfrog Group's minimum volume requirements for eight high-risk procedures, according to a report the organization released Thursday.

CMS penalties aren't lowering hospital-acquired conditions, study suggests

July 22, 2019

Penalties levied under CMS' Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program are not leading to lower rates of HACs at penalized hospitals when compared with non-penalized hospitals, according to a study recently published in The BMJ.

Elon Musk's company wants to read your mind. But does its technology actually work?

July 19, 2019

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk in 2016 founded the tech startup Neuralink with the aim of developing a high-bandwidth implantable brain-computer interface to enable people to control a computer or smartphone using their minds, and Musk on Tuesday offered the world a first glimpse at what the team is working on.

CMS repeals Obama-era nursing home arbitration agreement ban, issues new rules

July 19, 2019

CMS this week finalized a rule that repeals a policy issued under former President Barack Obama that banned nursing homes from entering into pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements with residents, and instead prohibits long-term care facilities from forcing residents to sign them as a condition of residency.

Is your medical device under recall? This app will let you know.

July 19, 2019

A tech company on Monday launched a smartphone app that immediately alerts patients, providers, and caregivers when FDA recalls a medical device.

New York tells doctors how they must treat sepsis—and it's saving lives, a new study finds

July 19, 2019

New York adopted new regulations regarding sepsis treatment after 12-year-old Rory Staunton died of sepsis in 2012, and a study published Tuesday in JAMA found the regulations appear to be working.

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