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Meet the 26-year-old nurse who shocked the world at the Boston Marathon

April 18, 2018

Sarah Sellers is not your typical marathon medalist—she does not have sponsors or an agent and she works full-time as a nurse anesthetist at Banner Health Center in Arizona.

A money-back guarantee in health care? Geisinger's CEO says it works.

April 18, 2018

Under Geisinger Health System's ProvenExperience initiative, patients rate their experiences on a mobile application and, if they are dissatisfied with their care, can request a refund of up to $2,000 of their out-of-pocket costs.

Groups ask CMS to stop dialysis facilities from steering patients into private health plans

April 18, 2018

A coalition of consumer groups, health care insurers, and unions are urging CMS to re-issue a final rule intended to stop dialysis facilities and other third parties from steering Medicare-eligible patients with end-stage renal disease into individual market plans in instances when the facilities or third parties either directly or indirectly have a financial interest in doing so.

Much of medicine exists in a 'gray space'—but physicians can help guide patients when science is unclear

April 18, 2018

Physicians often find it difficult to help patients navigate health care decisions when there is little evidence to support a particular course of action—but providers can still take several approaches to guide patients through the "gray space," according to Dhruv Khullar, a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a researcher at the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research.

Amazon pauses plan to sell pharmaceuticals to hospitals, shifts focus toward medical supplies

April 17, 2018

Sources say Amazon has shelved its plan to distribute and sell pharmaceutical products partly because the company was not able to get hospitals interested in changing their current processes for purchasing pharmaceuticals.

New study could change the way physicians treat lung cancer, researcher says

April 17, 2018

A new study finds adding immunotherapy to chemotherapy greatly improved the odds of survival among patients with the most common type of lung cancer—a finding that the study's lead author says "suggests … that chemotherapy alone is no longer a standard of care."

'Hundreds, perhaps thousands,' of women coaxed into risky surgery—whether they need it or not, NYT reports

April 17, 2018

A New York Times investigation finds that a cottage industry has sprung up to "coax" women into undergoing potentially unnecessary surgery to remove vaginal mesh implants, helping law firms build better lawsuits—and get larger settlements—against device manufacturers.

US health care prices are growing by the fastest rate in six years, analysis finds

April 17, 2018

A recent Altarum report finds U.S. health care prices are rising at the fastest growth rate—2.2%—since January 2012, and hospitals are a key price growth driver.

CVS, seeking to expand MinuteClinics, just nabbed Iora Health's CMO

April 17, 2018

Marc-David Munk, former CMO of Iora Health in Boston, will serve as CMO of the CVS Health's retail medical clinic division, MinuteClinic, and as associate CMO of CVS Health, and will oversee patient care strategy development and implementation at MinuteClinic.

The biggest threat to health care organizations' data security comes from inside, report finds

April 16, 2018

Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigation Report finds 56% of breaches that occurred in the health care industry in 2017 resulted from insider threats, marking the first time such threats spurred the majority of breaches in any industry.

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