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Medicaid DSH payments vary widely by state, GAO finds

August 9, 2019


In four states, Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments in 2014 exceeded hospitals' aggregate uncompensated care costs, according to a new Government Accountability Office report—but in 29 states, the payments covered less than half of such costs.

This blood test predicts Alzheimer's better than brain scans, research suggests

August 8, 2019


Researchers at Washington University have developed a blood test for Alzheimer's disease that can detect the condition in asymptomatic patients and might be more sensitive than a PET brain scan, according to a paper published last week in Neurology.

CMS releases national coverage policy for CAR T-cell therapies

August 8, 2019


CMS on Wednesday announced that Medicare will cover FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies nationwide at health care facilities that meet certain requirements, but the agency did not change Medicare's payment rates for the treatments.

Naloxone prescriptions are booming—but still lag far behind opioid prescriptions, CDC finds

August 8, 2019


The number of U.S. pharmacies dispensing prescriptions for the opioid reversal drug naloxone doubled from 2017 to 2018, but there still is only one naloxone prescription dispensed for every 69 high-dose opioid prescriptions, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

Surescripts, claiming fraud, is calling the FBI into its battle with Amazon's PillPack

August 8, 2019


A dispute between Amazon's PillPack and Surescripts, the largest medical data and e-prescription company in the United States, escalated last week as Surescripts cut off PillPack's data vendor from accessing its patient prescription information, arguing the company gained the information "fraudulently."

How to use Twitter, according to a health system's Chief Medical Social Media Officer

August 8, 2019


As patients increasingly turn to the internet for health care information, Austin Chiang, a gastroenterologist and the first chief medical social media officer for Jefferson Health, describes how doctors can improve their social media presence to connect patients with the right information.

The best hospitals for women's health care, according to Healthgrades

August 7, 2019


Healthgrades has named its recipients of the 2019 Women's Care Awards, which the organization says recognizes hospitals "that demonstrate exceptional outcomes and excel in women's health care services."

Why are doctors setting up shop in the mall? It's 'a symbiotic relationship.'

August 7, 2019


A 2,300-square-foot walk-in clinic will soon open in the Mall of America—part of a growing trend that has seen mall leases for medical clinics grow by nearly 60% since 2017.

The best (and worst) states for health care, ranked

August 6, 2019


WalletHub on Monday released its latest list of the Best & Worst States for Health Care. See where your state ranks with American Health Line's interactive map.

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