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The toughest ethical dilemmas facing doctors in 2018, according to 5,250 physicians

December 10, 2018

Medscape's 2018 Ethics Report unveils doctors' opinions on money, romance with patients, and their most trying ethical dilemmas.

Meet John O'Brien, Azar's new senior adviser on drug pricing

December 10, 2018

John O'Brien, a former executive at CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, will oversee the Trump administration's implementation of a proposed Medicare Part B drug pricing model intended to bring provider reimbursements in line with prices paid in other countries.

Chickenpox parties are making a comeback. That's a terrible idea, doctors say.

December 10, 2018

Chickenpox parties for unvaccinated children are making a comeback, leading health care providers to reiterate the risks of exposing children to the full-strength chickenpox virus.

Despite 'glimmers of stability,' Moody's predicts worsening financial outlook for nonprofit hospitals

December 10, 2018

Nonprofit hospitals will continue to see expenses outpace revenue in 2019 because of a number of factors, including weak inpatient admissions and increases in bad debt, according to a new report from Moody's Investors Service.

How 3 top health systems engage their physicians (without boosting pay)

December 10, 2018

Faced with slim operating margins, hospitals today are looking beyond financial incentives to engage physicians.

What's behind the slowdown in US health spending? Declining demand, CMS finds.

December 7, 2018

CMS actuaries say U.S. health care spending increased by 3.9% to $3.5 trillion in 2017, down from a growth rate of 4.3% in 2016.

US abortion rate dropped 24% over 10 years, CDC data show

December 7, 2018

The U.S. abortion rate reached the lowest rate ever recorded in 2015 following significant declines over the past decade, according to a recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Many Medicare Advantage provider directories are still inaccurate, federal audit finds

December 7, 2018

Nearly 50% of Medicare Advantage directories that beneficiaries use to find a provider contained at least one inaccuracy, according to a federal audit released last week.

Why medical touch matters so much to patients

December 7, 2018

Medical touch often is an overlooked and underappreciated part of health care—but the way a provider physically interacts with a patient can mean the difference between a "soothing or traumatizing" experience, according to Caitlin Kelly, a former cancer patient.

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