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Hospitals are spending big on CAR T-cell therapy. The problem? 'We have not been paid.'

March 18, 2019

Hospitals across the country are investing in CAR T-cell therapy, an innovative cancer treatment that utilizes a patient's own cells to fight their cancer—but many are finding it difficult to get reimbursed by insurers for the treatment.

440 rural nursing homes closed in the past decade. What happened to all their patients?

March 18, 2019

More than 440 rural nursing homes have closed over the past decade due to shifting payment policies and low Medicaid reimbursements—sometimes forcing patients to move hundreds of miles away on short notice to find care.

What it's really like to donate a kidney

March 18, 2019

When Ilan Goldenberg's father asked him to donate a kidney, Goldenberg felt "blindsided" and even frightened by the request, he writes in Vox, detailing the seven lessons he learned as he considered and, ultimately, chose to go through with the procedure.

'Deaths of despair' hit a record high in 2017. See the rise, charted.

March 15, 2019

Deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide—so-called "deaths of despair"—in 2017 hit the highest rate since the collection of data on the deaths started two decades ago, according to an analysis from the Trust for America's Health and the Well Being Trust.

What's the right way to regulate fecal transplants? That's the question behind the looming 'poop wars.'

March 15, 2019

Facing pressure from pharmaceutical companies, FDA is considering regulating fecal transplants as a drug—but doctors are worried the move could compromise patient access to the life-changing treatment.

Ochsner created an Apple 'Genius Bar' for expectant mothers—and reduced in-person doctor visits by 25%

March 15, 2019

New Orleans-based Ochsner Medical Center has launched its own take on Apple's "Genius Bar," where prenatal patients can pick up no-cost gadgets to help monitor their health at home—and potentially reduce unnecessary in-person office visits.

The best medical schools, according to US News

March 14, 2019

U.S. News & World Report on Monday released its annual Best Medical Schools rankings, which include separate lists recognizing leading schools for research, primary care, and each of eight specialties.

The 'pervasive' ways doctors are working around EHRs

March 14, 2019

In the face of electronic health record (EHR) functionality and workflow challenges, doctors often work around EHRs using handwritten notes and other tactics, instead of working with the technology, according to a recent study.

An unvaccinated 6-year-old's fight against tetanus took 8 weeks and $800K

March 13, 2019

In the first case of its kind in more than 30 years, a six-year-old boy from Oregon who had never been vaccinated entered an eight-week long fight for his life after falling ill with tetanus in 2017, according to a CDC report published last week.

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