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How CMS wants to expand telehealth coverage in Medicare Advantage plans

October 30, 2018

CMS Administrator Seema Verma says the agency's newly proposed rule "would give Medicare Advantage plans more flexibility to innovate in response to patients' needs" by "allow[ing] additional telehealth benefits, which will promote access to care in a more convenient and cost-effective manner for patients."

The 100 cities 'getting health care right,' according to Healthgrades

October 29, 2018

Healthgrades' latest National Health Index lists the 100 cities in the United States that are "getting health care right."

Medical fundraisers often support unproven, potentially dangerous treatments

October 29, 2018

Crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe often are used to help pay for medical treatments, but a study published in JAMA finds that many of those campaigns are for unproven and potentially dangerous treatments.

Hospital washing machines might kill only 40% of C. diff spores—and contribute to cross-contamination

October 26, 2018

A new study finds traces of Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) bacteria on hospital bed linens might survive the washing process, which suggests that hospital bedsheets could be a possible source of C. diff. infection.

FDA approved a flu drug that can cut symptoms by 33 hours—but will patients use it?

October 25, 2018

FDA approved Genentech's antiviral influenza treatment Xofluza, which is a member of a new class of drugs called endonuclease inhibitors that disrupt the viral replication process, preventing viruses from replicating and spreading infections.

Hospital-acquired conditions cost a lot money—and lives—in 2016, research finds

October 25, 2018

A research brief from IBM Watson Health shows 48,771 hospital-acquired conditions occurred in 2016, which resulted in billions of dollars in excess hospital costs and thousands of potentially avoidable deaths.

Doctors need to learn how to make mistakes—and apologize

October 25, 2018

Physicians often are hesitant to apologize for medical mistakes—an issue that might be solved by implementing a "no-fault system" under which patients' requests for compensation because of a medical error are based on injury from medical care rather than proof of negligence from a doctor, Sara Manning Peskin, a neurology resident at the University of Pennsylvania, argues.

A startup wants to pump patients full of youthful blood—but what does the science say?

October 24, 2018

A startup called Ambrosia Medical wants to infuse young, healthy blood into older patients in hopes of improving their health—but there is no clear evidence that the transfusions lead to health benefits.

First-time moms shouldn't wait to push, study says

October 24, 2018

First-time mothers should start pushing during childbirth as soon as they are fully dilated, according to a new study—upending the standard recommendation that women delay pushing for about an hour after dilation.

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