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'I have to torture her': How one physician buried his feelings to treat an 8-year-old burn victim

January 8, 2019


When an 8-year-old girl came to the Arizona Burn Center for treatment, Kevin Foster, the center's director, instantly thought of his daughter—but Foster quickly had to redirect his attention and remain focused on the patient, who needed extensive skin grafts.

Do mandatory bundled payments lower health spending? A new study suggests yes—but only slightly.

January 8, 2019


A new study suggests Medicare's Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement program led to a modest reduction in spending on hip and knee replacement surgeries over a two-year period.

Gap between hospitals' outpatient, inpatient revenue narrows, report finds

January 8, 2019


The American Hospital Association's 2019 Hospital Statistics report found that hospitals' net outpatient revenue in 2017 was $472 billion, while net inpatient revenue totaled almost $498 billion.

How this health system invested in empathy—and improved patients' symptoms by 52%

January 8, 2019


When officials at Monash Health in Australia discovered they had systematically failed to spot "underlying traumas" in mental health patients, they launched an effort to foster provider-patient trust—and saw big gains in patient satisfaction and patient outcomes, according to Melissa Casey, leader of psychological services at Monash, and colleagues.

$474,725: This could be the biggest 'surprise' medical bill you've ever seen

January 7, 2019


Kristina Cunningham's potentially record-setting $474,725 air ambulance bill highlights a growing trend of privately insured patients receiving exceedingly high air ambulance bills, and federal and state lawmakers are taking note.

Patients' smartphones track their every step—even into the ED

January 7, 2019


It is no secret that many smartphone apps track users' locations and sell the (supposedly anonymous) data to advertisers, but increasingly, the data reveal so much detail that it is easy to identify the personal, individual specifics of people's behavior and movements—including where they live, what health care providers they visit, and more.

The 5 most common cybersecurity threats—and 10 strategies to help prevent them, according to HHS

January 7, 2019


HHS last month released guidance identifying five most common cybersecurity threats in health care, as well as 10 ways for health care providers to reduce cybersecurity risks.

2018's best (and worst) physicians, according to Medscape

January 7, 2019


Medscape's 2018 "Physicians of the Year" list recognizes the doctors the publication considers the "best" doctors of the past year and those the publication considers the "worst."

Shutdown, Day 14: The House passed a bill to reopen the government. (But it's going nowhere fast.)

January 4, 2019


The House on Thursday passed a spending measure that would end a partial federal shutdown that affects some health agencies, but President Trump has said he would veto the bill, and without his support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will not bring the bill for a vote in the Senate.

The little-known way consumers could challenge surprise medical bills in court

January 4, 2019


Many consumers get hit with surprise medical bills that can cost them thousands of dollars, but some legal experts believe consumers should be protected from surprise bills under provisions of contract law.

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