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US disparities in preventable causes of deaths, charted

November 12, 2019


U.S. residents living in rural areas of the country were more likely to die from preventable causes than those living in urban areas from 2010 to 2017, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

This health care reporter felt like one of the 'best equipped people' to navigate cancer—until she had to do it

November 12, 2019


As a health care reporter whose father is a scientist and sister is a doctor, Alexandra Glorioso, who last year was diagnosed with breast cancer, felt like "one of the best equipped people to navigate" treatment for the disease—but Glorioso in Politico Magazine writes that she has felt "totally buried … much of the time."

This football player became a doctor—then had to quit because of a brain injury

November 12, 2019


T.J. Abraham worked as an OB-GYN at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital for years, but at age 42, he had to end his career because of a brain injury he likely sustained from years of playing football.

Researchers now have access to new Medicaid, CHIP data

November 12, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced that the agency for the first time is releasing certain data on Medicaid and CHIP utilization and payments as part of an effort to improve health care research.

Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser, dies unexpectedly at age 60

November 11, 2019


Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died unexpectedly at age 60 early Sunday morning, the company announced in a statement, remembering Tyson as "[a]n outstanding leader, visionary, and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans."

Judges strike down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule as unconstitutional

November 8, 2019


Two federal judges this week struck down the Trump administration's so-called "conscience protection" rule, which was intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

How Geisinger's home-care program reduced ED visits—and saved money

November 8, 2019


Geisinger implemented a home-care program, called Geisinger at Home, to better manage care for older patients with complex needs, and the program has helped the health system save money and reduce emergency department visits and hospital admissions.

Women in medicine are more likely to experience 'microaggressions' than men. Here's what can be done about it.

November 8, 2019


Female medical faculty members find so-called "microaggressions"—indirect, fleeting comments that are based in unconscious bias against a marginalized group—common in the workplace, while male faculty say they seldom occur, according to a study published last week in Academic Medicine.

She lost her husband, father, and mother. Then she got a $20K hospital bill.

November 7, 2019


After Arline Feilen's husband, father, and mother died within a few years of each other, Feilen found herself so grief-stricken that a friend sent her to the hospital out of concern for her safety—and because Feilen's association health plan did not cover mental health services, she was left with a $21,634.55 bill.

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