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NYU Langone's secret to improving care? (Hint: They borrowed it from Google and Amazon.)

September 23, 2019


Tech companies like Google and Amazon often use randomized continuous quality improvement projects to evaluate processes, and while the technique is not widespread in health care, NYU Langone Health recently adopted the practice to assess routine patient care processes, according to a report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Do you screen for all 5 key social determinants of health? Few providers do, CMS finds.

September 23, 2019


Few hospitals and physician practices screen for all five of what CMS considers five key social determinants of health, according to a study published last week in JAMA Network Open.

17M Americans have survived cancer. Now, they're asking their doctors: What's next?

September 20, 2019


Advances in cancer treatment are leading to enormous increases in the number of cancer survivors, prompting providers to identify ways to help these patients navigate the physical and emotional burdens of survival, Laura Landro—who is herself a longtime cancer survivor—reports for the Wall Street Journal.

Inside Buttigieg's 'Medicare for All Who Want It' plan

September 19, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Thursday released his so-called "Medicare for All Who Want It" plan, which would create a public health plan that Americans could choose to opt in to.

Millions of patients' health images are available to 'anyone with basic computer expertise'

September 19, 2019


The medical images and health data of more than five million patients are stored on insecure computer systems that are accessible to "anyone with basic computer expertise," according to ProPublica.

Providers urge CMS to delay proposed radiation oncology bundled payment model

September 19, 2019


Provider groups are urging CMS to delay its proposed mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology, saying the model could lower investments in new technologies and equipment and reduce access to new types of care.

How Northwell created a 'culture of inquiry' among its nurses

September 19, 2019


In an interview with HealthLeaders Media's Jennifer Thew, two nursing leaders at Northwell Health explain how establishing a "culture of inquiry" improved care delivery, patient outcomes, and nurse engagement at the system.

Why is the US health care system such an outlier? Here's one hypothesis.

September 18, 2019


The U.S. health care system is unique, but some observers say what makes it truly distinct from other health care systems around the globe is the amount patients—including those who are insured—pay out of pocket for care.

How an alleged Groupon scam led these patients to get 'fake Botox'

September 18, 2019


Federal and state officials last week raided a plastic surgery office following accusations that a doctor at the clinic administered non-FDA-approved drugs to patients who purchased certain services through Groupon, adding to growing concerns that Groupon users might be more vulnerable to medical scams.

A federal judge struck down Medicare's site-neutral payment rule

September 18, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday vacated HHS' site-neutral payment policy that cuts Medicare payment rates for off-campus hospital facilities.

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