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CMS releases national coverage policy for CAR T-cell therapies

August 8, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced that Medicare will cover FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies nationwide at health care facilities that meet certain requirements, but the agency did not change Medicare's payment rates for the treatments.

Naloxone prescriptions are booming—but still lag far behind opioid prescriptions, CDC finds

August 8, 2019


The number of U.S. pharmacies dispensing prescriptions for the opioid reversal drug naloxone doubled from 2017 to 2018, but there still is only one naloxone prescription dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

How cities, counties, states, distributors are proposing to settle opioid cases

August 7, 2019


Cities and counties are proposing to form a negotiating bloc involving all 33,000 U.S. counties, cities, and towns, including those that have not filed lawsuits, to settle opioid cases brought by local governments, while sources say AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson are proposing to pay $10 billion to settle opioid cases brought by state governments.

‘Nothing short of epic’: How local officials and providers are fighting measles

August 7, 2019


As the number of U.S. measles cases continues to grow, state officials, local officials, and health care providers are adopting new approaches to get communities vaccinated and combat misinformation.

The best hospitals for women's health care, according to Healthgrades

August 7, 2019


Healthgrades has named its recipients of the 2019 Women's Care Awards, which the organization says recognizes hospitals "that demonstrate exceptional outcomes and excel in women's health care services."

Can GPS navigation really 'ruin your brain'?

August 7, 2019


An opinion piece recently published in the Washington Post argued that the rise of GPS navigation might be undermining humans' brain function, but in an interview with Vox's Brian Resnick, neuroscientist Kate Jeffery explains why that is unlikely.

The 'alarming' increase in colorectal cancer in young adults—and what providers are doing about it

August 7, 2019


Rates of colorectal cancer are rising among U.S. residents under 50 years old, according to a study published last month in the journal Cancer, leading some provider groups to lower their recommended screening age for the disease.

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.

Trump calls for mental health reform in wake of mass shootings, but AMA, APA call for focus on gun laws

August 6, 2019


President Trump on Monday called for mental health care reform in the wake of mass shootings that occurred over the weekend—but some health care groups are pushing back, and instead calling on policymakers to reform the United States' gun laws.

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.

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