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Hospital-acquired conditions are down, but did CMS' penalty program play a role?

November 7, 2019


Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have decreased nationwide, according to a recent CDC report, but a new study published in Health Affairs suggests CMS' HAC Program is not behind the decrease.

Haven is launching 'Haven Healthcare'

November 6, 2019


Haventhe joint health care venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chasein 2020 will pilot two health plans on 30,000 JPMorgan employees in Arizona and Ohio, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Google Health's vision for your EHR, according to VP David Feinberg

November 6, 2019


Google Health Vice President David Feinberg at a conference last week outlined a vision for an electronic health record search function powered by Google technology.

Should pediatricians treat bad grades as a health problem?

November 6, 2019


The American Academy of Pediatricians recently issued a report recommending pediatricians help children who are not progressing academically in school, saying poor academic performance should be addressed like other complex pediatric problems.

As vaping-linked illness cases exceed 1,800, medical groups are calling for action

November 5, 2019


A coalition of medical groups are calling on Congress and the Trump administration to more closely regulate tobacco and e-cigarette companies as the number of cases of a vaping-linked lung illness exceeds 1,800.

HHS looks to roll back protections for sexual orientation, gender identity in federal health grants

November 5, 2019


HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would allow entities that receive grants from federal health agencies to choose not to work with people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In June, FDA announced a patient died from a fecal transplant. Now the doctors are speaking out.

November 5, 2019


Doctors from the hospital that treated a patient who died after a fecal microbiota transplant published a case study on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that offers more details on the case as well as another case in which a patient became severely ill from the procedure.

The ingenious way a doctor freed this boy's tongue from a bottle

November 5, 2019


When a seven-year-old boy from Germany went to the hospital with his tongue stuck in a bottle, a doctor relied on his wine bottle opening skills to help the boy, according to a case study published Thursday in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology.

CMS delays controversial price transparency requirements—and other key takeaways from the HOPPS final rule

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020, in which the agency said it will continue to implement site-neutral payment cuts and cuts under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program, despite separate court rulings striking down the policies.

How CMS will change Medicare payments to physicians in 2020

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday issued a final rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year 2020, which includes policies to shift QPP's Merit-based Incentive Payment System to a new conceptual framework and update evaluation and management visit payment rates.

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