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ACA exchange plans will soon feature quality star ratings

August 16, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it will require state and federal exchange websites to display quality star ratings for Affordable Care Act exchange plans, starting with the 2020 open enrollment period.

See the human brain in 'unprecedented detail,' as revealed by Mass Gen. researchers

August 16, 2019


Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in a paper that is awaiting publication say they have produced ultra-high-resolution MRIs of a human brain that represent some of the most detailed three-dimensional images of an intact human brain ever to exist.

Planned Parenthood will exit Title X family planning program unless court intervenes

August 16, 2019


Planned Parenthood on Wednesday announced it will formally withdraw from the Title X federal family planning program by Aug. 19 unless a federal court blocks a Trump administration rule that bars clinics that receive Title X funding from abortions providing or referring patients to non-emergency abortion care.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019


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

An appeals court just reinstated the controversial 2017 DSH payment rule (and it could cost some hospitals millions)

August 16, 2019


A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's ruling and reinstated a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

Drugmakers and health systems are sharing your genetic data. Here's why.

August 15, 2019


Drugmakers and health systems are entering into agreements to share patients' genetic information for research purposes—but these sometimes-exclusive deals are attracting pushback from some ethics and privacy experts.

This employer flew a patient to Cancun for surgery. (And they paid her $5,000 to do it.)

August 15, 2019


To meet U.S. residents' growing yet skeptical interest in medical tourism, a Denver-based for-profit organization is arranging for U.S. doctors to leave the states for quick trips to perform operations on U.S. patients—who might even get paid by their employers for having the procedure abroad.

He thought he misplaced his dentures during surgery. After 8 days and 2 ED visit, doctors found them—in his throat.

August 15, 2019


When a 72-year-old patient's dentures went missing after a minor abdominal surgery, everyone assumed they were misplacedand it was not until the patient returned to the hospital twice for throat pain, trouble eating, and vomiting blood that providers solved the mystery of the dentures, according to a paper in BMJ Case Reports.

USPSTF for the first time proposes that providers screen all adults for illicit drug use

August 14, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

40% of patients faced 'surprise' out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals

August 14, 2019


The number of U.S. patients who were billed for out-of-network care received at in-network hospitals rose between 2010 and 2016and the costs of those bills increased, as wellaccording to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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