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HHS OIG: Elder abuse often goes unreported in nursing facilities

June 14, 2019

Nursing facilities often fail to report serious cases of potential abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries, according to two new reports from HHS' Office of Inspector General.

This doctor's dying wish: Teach his peers to talk about death

June 14, 2019

When Ron Naito, who had been an internist for nearly 40 years, saw the results of his blood test last August, he knew he had terminal cancer—yet none of his providers knew how to break the news.

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Trump admin over 'conscience' rules

June 14, 2019

Advocacy groups on Tuesday filed lawsuits against HHS to block a Trump administration rule that will allow health care workers to deny care to patients based on the workers' religious beliefs.

Lawmakers get tough on 'surprise' medical bills, but remain split on how to solve them

June 13, 2019

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Wednesday warned health insurers and hospitals that if they do not help lawmakers address so-called "surprise" medical bills, Congress "will solve the problem and none of [them] will like it."

Healthy people at risk of HIV infection should take PrEP, USPSTF now recommends

June 13, 2019

The United States Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday for the first time recommended that doctors should offer pre-exposure prophylaxis to healthy people at risk of HIV infection.

'White-coat hypertension' might be more dangerous than you think

June 13, 2019

A new study suggests patients who have normal blood pressure readings at home and high blood pressure readings in the doctor's office, a condition called "white-coat hypertension," are at higher risk of heart disease and death if the condition goes untreated.

For 30 years, a UPMC nurse saved patients' lives. In her death, she saved even more.

June 13, 2019

When Mary Desin, who served as a nurse at UPMC Hamot Hospital for more than 30 years, was pronounced brain dead last month, over 100 hospital staff lined the hospital halls to honor her decision to be an organ donor.

This new coalition is spending millions of dollars to target 'surprise' medical bills

June 12, 2019

A newly formed coalition of employers, health insurers, and a physician group is calling on Congress to establish a benchmark payment rate and implement other strategies to address so-called "surprise" medical bills.

Is it easier for small hospitals to land a 5-star patient experience rating?

June 12, 2019

Patients are more likely to give a five-star rating for patient experience to hospitals that do not offer common services such as emergency care and intensive care, according to a new study.

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