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When patients die in the ICU, should their families be allowed to watch?

October 29, 2019

It is standard practice in most intensive care units to send relatives out of the room when a patient codes, but a growing body of research—and one doctor's personal experience—suggests relatives should be allowed to witness the medical team's efforts, Daniela Lamas, a doctor at Brigham and Women's Hospital, writes for the New York Times' "Well."

What happens when a passenger dies midflight?

October 28, 2019

It is rare for airplane passengers to experience a fatal medial emergency midflight, but that is what happened on board medical journalist Kate Johnson's flight, and Johnson in the New York Times' "Well" recalls the harrowing effort by medical professionals on the plane to revive the passenger—and the crew's "calm" response.

Why homeopathy is 'just a big illusion'

October 28, 2019

Homeopathy has grown increasingly popular in the United States, with homeopathic remedies being sold at large retailers like Walmart and Whole Foods, but the practice is not based in accepted clinical evidence—though some say that does not mean mainstream medicine cannot learn something from it.

The 5 keys to value-based care, according to Intermountain CEO Marc Harrison

October 28, 2019

As the health care industry moves toward value-based payment models, Intermountain Healthcare President and CEO Marc Harrison writing in Harvard Business Review offers his five principles to implementing a successful value-based care program.

Why a popular algorithm showed bias toward white patients (and how it can be fixed)

October 28, 2019

A widely used algorithm is more likely to classify white patients as needing follow-up care than comparably ill black patients, according to study in the journal Science—and the study's senior author said it is "inconceivable" that other common algorithms do not have similar flaws.

CMS delays new primary care, kidney care value-based payment models

October 28, 2019

CMS on Thursday announced it is delaying the start of several new voluntary value-based payment models, but it continued to encourage Medicare providers to apply to participate in the payment models.

These 10 innovations will 'transform health care' in 2020, according to Cleveland Clinic

October 25, 2019

Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday released its annual list of the top 10 medical innovations the health system predicts will "transform health care" in 2020.

Are the stethoscope's days numbered?

October 25, 2019

The stethoscope is a stalwart in medical technology and a symbol of the medical profession, but recent advances in technology could mean the device's days are coming to an end.

Why FTC is asking health systems, insurers for information on mergers

October 25, 2019

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday announced that it has ordered two health systems and five health insurance companies to give the agency information that will help it with an ongoing project examining the effects of certain state regulations on mergers in the industry.

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