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US abortion rate hits lowest point since 1973

September 26, 2019

The rate of abortions in the United States has fallen to the lowest level recorded since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in 1973, according to a report released last week by the Guttmacher Institute.

She received a face transplant 6 years ago. Now, it's failing.

September 25, 2019

Six years ago, Carmen Blandin Tarleton became one of the first patients to receive a face transplant, but doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital recently discovered underlying tissue damage is causing the transplant to fail, highlighting a fallibility of the cutting-edge technique.

Hospitals will see $4B DSH payment cut in 2020 under CMS rule

September 25, 2019

CMS this week finalized a rule outlining how it will calculate annual Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment cuts from fiscal year (FY) 2020 through FY 2025.

1 in 4 doctors face sexual harassment from patients. Here's how Mayo handles it.

September 25, 2019

In 2017, Mayo Clinic implemented a program to address sexual harassment from patients, reflecting a slowly changing approach in the industry toward a problem that at times has been regarded as "part of the job."

The 25 'Highest Paying Jobs' (Hint: 6 are in health care)

September 24, 2019

Glassdoor last week released its 2019 list of the 25 "Highest Paying Jobs" in the United States, and five of the top 10 are in health care.

The House’s 'surprise bill' fix could cut provider payments by up to 20%, CBO finds

September 24, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills would reduce in-network provider payment rates and premiums in some markets and generate $21.9 billion in federal savings over a decade, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released last week.

This pill combines 4 drugs to lower heart disease risk. But does it have a place in US medicine?

September 24, 2019

A single pill that contains four drugs that treat cardiovascular risk factors was tied to a reduced risk of heart disease among at-risk low-income patients, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Policymakers are pushing mobile EHRs. But is anyone actually using them?

September 24, 2019

Less than 1% of patients who use their health system's patient portal also viewed their medical records on their smartphones, despite a growing push from policymakers to use the technology, according to research published recently in JAMA Network Open.

Appeals court hears case challenging Title X family planning rule

September 24, 2019

A federal appeals court during a hearing yesterday appeared divided about whether to uphold a final rule that bars health care providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

Doctors knew this boy had cancer. So why couldn't they prove it?

September 23, 2019

A 16-year-old boy visited multiple doctors over the course of a year after developing pain that started in his knee, and each scan suggested he had cancer, yet no blood test could prove it. Finally, a pathologist had an idea, New York Times Magazine reports.

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