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From 'secret' price disclosures to upfront out-of-pocket costs: Inside Trump's latest executive order on health care

June 25, 2019

President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at increasing transparency of U.S. health care costs and quality that calls for requiring hospitals and physicians employed by hospitals to post their prices publicly, including the discounted prices they have negotiated with health insurers.

Employer health costs are on the rise again—leading some to reimagine their approach to insurance

June 25, 2019

Employer health care costs are expected to reach a four-year high in 2020, in part due to rising prescription drug prices—and that is prompting many employers to re-think their approach to health insurance, according to a PwC Health Research Institute report released this month.

The longest flu season in a decade, charted

June 25, 2019

This year's influenza season lasted 21 weeks, making it the longest flu season in a decade, according to CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

After 60 years of progress, more middle-aged US residents are dying of heart disease. What reversed the trend?

June 25, 2019

The United States over the past century saw a 70% decline in deaths from heart attacks and strokes, but progress has stalled in recent years, and heart attack deaths now are rising among middle-aged U.S. residents.

Are US hospitals prepared for wildfires?

June 25, 2019

U.S. hospital infrastructure is underprepared for mass casualty burn events, which might become more common as destructive wildfires grow in frequency, experts say.

What it's like to go to the doctor when you're transgender

June 25, 2019

Transgender patients "still struggle to find competent basic care, much less trans-specific care," and a recent proposed rule from the Trump administration would return the transgender community to a health care environment that can deny them care, Katelyn Burns, a freelance journalist who is transgender, writes in a first-person essay for Vox.

FDA approves new drug to treat low sexual desire in premenopausal women

June 24, 2019

FDA on Friday approved a drug to treat premenopausal women with low sexual desire—a condition known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

ECMO can save lives. It can also become a 'bridge to nowhere.'

June 21, 2019

Wider use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines has saved some patients from an otherwise certain death—but experts say it also can leave people who have no chance of recovery in a medical limbo.

California is using apps to monitor mental health patients. (And it's off to a rocky start).

June 21, 2019

California recently launched a multi-million dollar effort to test whether mobile apps can make mental health treatment accessible, and perhaps one day prevent a crisis before it occurs—but early testing suggests that privacy concerns, as well as issues that stymie conventional mental health treatments, present obstacles to success.

CMS announces an estimated $180M settlement of long-delayed Medicare claims

June 21, 2019

After two years of negotiations, CMS on Monday announced new voluntary options for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities to settle disputes over denied Medicare Part A claims.

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