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Nearly 50% of VA nursing homes received one-star quality rating, VA data show

June 21, 2018


Documents obtained by USA Today and the Boston Globe show 60 of VA's 133 nursing homes had a one-star rating as of Dec. 31, 2017.

Why health care stakeholders are worried about private equity deals

June 21, 2018


American Medical Association President Barbara McAneny says, "We have to decide whether the goal of a health care system is to increase profits, because private equity firms are selecting those parts of health care where they can see a profit because their goal is to make profit."

The secret weapon in Stanford, Mount Sinai, and others' fight against the 'epidemic of physician discontent'

June 21, 2018


Faced with what experts consider an "epidemic of physician discontent," some U.S. hospitals are hiring chief wellness officers to focus on fighting the issue.

Atul Gawande will lead Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health care venture

June 20, 2018


Atul Gawande—a prominent surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital who is widely viewed as an expert on patient safety—will lead the new Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase health care venture.

AMA urges regulators to block CVS-Aetna merger

June 20, 2018


American Medical Association (AMA) President Barbara McAneny says, "After very careful consideration over the past months, the AMA has come to the conclusion that [the proposed] merger [between CVS Health and Aetna] would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of patients."

WHO releases draft of ICD-11

June 20, 2018


The World Health Organization releases a draft of its latest International Classification of Diseases—a compendium of about 55,000 unique codes for causes of death, diseases, and injuries.

What a physician wears matters for patient satisfaction, study shows

June 20, 2018


What doctors wear matters to patients, according to a study published in the journal BMJ Open, which found that patients prefer their doctors to wear formal attire and a white coat.

MedPAC proposes cuts to freestanding EDs, imaging payments

June 20, 2018


Among other things, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's annual June report to Congress includes proposals "to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital" emergency department services.

St. Luke's resumes heart transplant program after voluntary suspension

June 19, 2018


Doug Lawson—CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives' Texas Division, which owns Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center—says, "After reviewing two recent cases and taking steps to strengthen the heart transplant team, we are confident that the program is ready to move forward and serve the critically ill patients and their families who have placed their trust in us."

Where physicians and surgeons are paid the most (and least), mapped

June 18, 2018


A report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows New Hampshire has the highest average annual salary for physicians and surgeons at $275,050, while Nebraska has the lowest, averaging $167,230 a year.

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