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Judge vacates criminal convictions against pharma execs in first-of-its-kind opioid case

December 2, 2019

A federal judge on Tuesday partially vacated criminal convictions against former Insys Therapeutics executives in a first-of-its-kind case accusing the executives of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

CMS will soon accept applications for a new value-based primary care model

November 27, 2019

CMS on Monday announced that health care providers next month will be able to start applying for the direct contracting pathways under the agency's new Primary Care First alternative payment model.

In the states: Louisiana cuts 46K beneficiaries from Medicaid, a third judge strikes down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule, and more

November 27, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Dopamine fasting is the latest trend in Silicon Valley—but is it backed by science?

November 26, 2019

The latest fad in Silicon Valley is so-called "dopamine fasting," in which an individual abstains from smartphones, computers, and even eye contact in order to supposedly curb "addiction" to technology—but experts are skeptical of whether the practice really works.

BYU-Idaho will no longer accept students with Medicaid coverage—and Medicaid expansion could be why

November 26, 2019

Brigham Young University-Idaho this month suddenly announced that it will no longer accept Medicaid as an adequate health insurance option for students, meaning students who are covered exclusively by Medicaid either must purchase additional coverage or leave the school.

FDA is approving more generic drugs than ever. So why can't consumers buy them?

November 26, 2019

FDA in recent years has approved a record number of generic drugs to treat cancer, heart conditions, and other diseases, but many patients do not have access to the lower-cost treatments and are forced to rely on higher-cost, brand-name drugs.

The 4 lessons AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw learned from his wife's car crash

November 26, 2019

When AdventHealth CEO Terry Shaw's wife was hospitalized following a car accident, he encountered painful and frustrating challenges in navigating her care that ultimately inspired major changes at his own health system, Shaw writes on LinkedIn.

Bloomberg has entered the Democratic presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

November 25, 2019

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) on Sunday announced that he has entered the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and a video launching his campaign touched on his views regarding health care reform.

As vaping-related illness cases hit nearly 2.3K, Trump questions flavored e-cigarette ban

November 25, 2019

More public health experts and groups are calling on the Trump administration to ban flavored e-cigarettes—an intensifying push that came just days before President Trump in a meeting with industry stakeholders voiced concerns about the effect of such a ban.

This computer can predict when you'll die. (Just don't ask how it works.)

November 25, 2019

Researchers at Geisinger recently announced that they have developed an algorithm that uses electrocardiogram data to determine whether a person will die within a year—but they are not sure how the algorithm works.

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