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Trump issues executive order to expand private Medicare plans

October 4, 2019

President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that aims to expand private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, more closely align Medicare fee-for-service payments with MA and commercial plans, and implement other Medicare reforms.

As vaping illness cases top 1,000, researchers say damage resembles chemical burns

October 4, 2019

In a letter to the editor published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic physicians wrote some patients sickened with a mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes and vaping have shown airway and lung damage resembling a chemical burn.

Federal judge OKs nation's first 'safe injection' site

October 4, 2019

A federal judge this week ruled that a Philadelphia nonprofit can open a medically supervised injection site under U.S. law, an unprecedented ruling that could open the door for other cities to pursue so-called "safe-injection" sites to combat the opioid epidemic.

Inside Walmart's plan to steer employees to high-quality doctors

October 4, 2019

Walmart on Thursday announced that, starting next year, it will test a program in certain markets that will financially incentivize employees to use doctors the company has determined are higher-quality than other doctors in the area.

Will cadavers in medical school soon be a thing of the past?

October 4, 2019

Cadavers have been used in medical education for centuries, but cost concerns and clinical limitations are leading some medical schools to stop using cadavers and instead use virtual reality.

House committee chair proposes new fix for 'surprise' medical bills

October 3, 2019

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal (D-Mass.) in a letter sent Friday to Democratic lawmakers proposed to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by allowing the Trump administration and stakeholder groups to form a committee to recommend regulations for out-of-network bills.

UPS is expanding its drone delivery program for medical supplies

October 3, 2019

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday announced that it will allow the United Parcel Service to expand its drone medical supply delivery project in North Carolina.

What hospital ombudsmen really do (and why some patients hire their own advocates instead)

October 3, 2019

To navigate an increasingly complex and at times overwhelming health care system, patients are turning to hospital ombudsmen and private patient advocates to navigate their care.

Has medical education become too... nice?

October 3, 2019

While medical education once was rife with harassment and humiliation from attending physicians, many educators are moving away from this approach. However, some might have gone too far, failing to deliver "negative feedback of any kind," Perri Klass, a pediatrician and columnist, writes for the New York Times' "The Checkup."

MSSP ACOs saved $739M in 2018, new CMS data shows

October 2, 2019

CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a blog post published Monday in Health Affairs announced that accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program generated $739.4 million in net savings in 2018.

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