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Shutdown averted: Trump signs spending bill with funds for FDA, IHS—and declares national emergency over border wall

February 18, 2019


President Trump on Friday signed into law a bill that staved off another partial government shutdown by funding FDA, the Indian Health Service, and other federal agencies through fiscal year 2019—and he simultaneously declared a national emergency in an effort to free up additional funding for fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The 8 top health systems for innovation, according to 300+ health care leaders

February 18, 2019


In a recent survey of 341 hospital and health system leaders by Reaction Data, the Mayo Clinic was named the best "model for innovation," while Kaiser Permanente was named the best at "delivering high quality sustainable costs."

Texas' plan to fight 'surprise' medical bills has yielded 'quick results' (but also a 4,000-case backlog)

February 18, 2019


As so-called "surprise" medical bills continue to shock patients across the nation, the Texas Department of Insurance has developed a program to help patients appeal their bills—yielding results for consumers but also creating a booming backlog of cases.

The 10 healthiest (and unhealthiest) US cities, according to WalletHub

February 15, 2019


All but two of the 10 healthiest cities in the United States are on the West Coast, and three of the top cities are in California, according to an analysis by WalletHub released Monday. See how your city fared on American Health Line's interactive map.

Medicare wants to revamp ambulance payments, aiming to prevent avoidable ED visits

February 15, 2019


HHS on Thursday announced the launch of a new voluntary payment model for emergency ambulance services—called the Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) model—that would allow Medicare to reimburse first responders for care delivered on-site or via telemedicine, even if patients are not taken to a hospital.

Spending in employer-sponsored plans reached an all-time high in 2017. Here's how employers are fighting back.

February 15, 2019


Spending in employer-sponsored health plans reached a record high in 2017, and the major cause was higher prices—not higher utilization, according to the Health Care Cost Institute's annual Health Care Cost and Utilization Report released Tuesday.

CVS has been teasing its new, in-store 'HealthHUBs' for months. Here's what's inside.

February 15, 2019


CVS Health recently launched three of its newly remodeled concept stores, called "HealthHUBs," which include spaces for patients to meet with clinicians, labs for blood testing, and more.

Big hospital mergers lead to better patient care, right? Maybe not.

February 15, 2019


While many health care stakeholders argue that big, merged health systems "can offer better care at lower costs," research suggests that rates of mortality and serious complications might rise after a merger, according to Austin Frakt, a professor and director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

'Hot tears and pure terror': What happens when patients remember surgeries they were supposed to forget?

February 15, 2019


Conscious sedation is an anesthetic technique intended to leave patients in a so-called "gray zone" between consciousness and unconsciousness, but little is known about how often patients remember painful procedures that occurred while they were sedated—or how damaging such memories might be.

In the states: Georgia seeks partial Medicaid expansion, Maine co-op asks SCOTUS to hear case on risk corridor payments, and more

February 15, 2019


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

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