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23andMe wants your lab results. Here's what it wants to do with them.

July 24, 2019


23andMe is piloting an effort to collect more health data from its customers, including lab results, prescription information, and medical history.

Why lawmakers keep missing the biggest source of 'surprise' bills

July 24, 2019


At the state and federal levels, lawmakers are considering bills to address so-called "surprise" out-of-network medical bills, but their efforts largely ignore ground ambulances, which are one of the main sources of such bills.

A physician's family couldn't find in-network care—and ended up with a $524K bill

July 23, 2019


When Sovereign Valentine learned he was in kidney failure and needed immediate dialysis, he and his wife, a physician at their local hospital, searched for an in-network facility to no avail. With no other options, Sovereign began dialysis at an out-of-network facility—and ended up with a $524,600.17 bill.

Verma calls public option proposals a single-payer 'Trojan horse'

July 23, 2019


CMS Administrator Seema Verma on Monday criticized proposals to implement a so-called "public option" health plan in the United States, calling such a plan a "Trojan horse with a single-payer hiding inside."

HHS won't penalize providers who try to comply with Title X abortion restrictions

July 23, 2019


HHS on Saturday informed health care providers and state governments that the department will not penalize providers who are making efforts to comply with a final rule that bars entities that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

Hahnemann University Hospital is on the verge of closure. Here's what's happening inside the 200-year-old hospital.

July 23, 2019


Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia is winding down after nearly two centuries of service, leaving clinical staff, patients, and medical students at Drexel University, the hospital's long-time partner, uncertain about their futures.

Anthem is launching a new app for patients (and it's open to non-members)

July 23, 2019


Anthem this month plans to roll out a mobile app that will allow consumers to schedule and pay for care and learn potential diagnoses via a chat with doctors.

He went to the optometrist with an irritated eye—then the doctor pulled out a tick

July 22, 2019


Chris Prater felt something in his eye and tried to flush it out, but when that did not work, he went to his optometrist—who pulled a tick out of Prater's eye.

Most hospitals aren't meeting Leapfrog’s volume requirements for these 8 high-risk surgeries

July 22, 2019


Most hospitals fail to meet the Leapfrog Group's minimum volume requirements for eight high-risk procedures, according to a report the organization released Thursday.

HHS seeks to improve rural health with $20M in grants to develop residency programs

July 22, 2019


HHS on Thursday announced that it has awarded a total of $20 million in grants over three years to help increase the physician workforce in rural areas by developing new rural residency programs.

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