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Charted: The dramatic rise in telehealth claims over the last 4 years

July 24, 2019


Private insurance claims for all telehealth services surged between 2014 and 2018, according to a new white paper from Fair Health.

Indian Health Services hospitals are putting patients' health at risk, investigators find

July 24, 2019


Major issues at Indian Health Service hospitals have led to unsafe conditions for patients, risky opioid prescribing practices, and information technology vulnerabilities, according to two reports released Monday by HHS' Office of Inspector General.

What's more accurate than health plan directories? Google, a study finds.

July 24, 2019


Google offers more accurate provider information than many health plan directories, such as health plans' Medicare Advantage directories and exchange plan directories, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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.

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