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How senators want to stop 'surprise' medical bills

May 16, 2019


Lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday released a bipartisan draft bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by using an arbitration process to settle disputes over medical charges between providers and insurers—a proposal the White House has said it opposes.

Alabama makes providing abortion a felony

May 16, 2019


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) on Wednesday signed into law a bill that makes it a felony for doctors to provide abortion care under almost any circumstances.

Judge blocks new liver donor allocation policy amid legal challenge

May 16, 2019


A federal judge on Wednesday blocked a new liver allocation policy in the United States, after HHS declined to further delay the policy's implementation.

Hospitals are using this military-inspired technology to monitor their patients remotely

May 16, 2019


Hospitals throughout the United States are using patient monitoring units located outside of the hospital ward to alert clinicians to changes in patients' vital signs that might otherwise go unnoticed.

How these top-ranking lawmakers want to stop 'surprise' medical bills

May 15, 2019


The highest-ranking Democrat and Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday released a draft bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network services—a proposal health care providers have said they oppose.

'Don't drink while pregnant': Could this common warning actually backfire?

May 15, 2019


State policies that warn against drinking while pregnant and those aimed at helping women who drink while pregnant actually might be backfiring and harming babies, according to a study published last week.

Are these the 10 'worst' jobs in health care?

May 14, 2019


CareerCast recently released its 2019 Jobs Rated Report, which ranks various jobs—including those in health care—from best to worst, with genetic counselor ranking as the best job in health care and the fifth-best job overall.

$25,175 for a single stitch? Why plastic surgeons drive so many 'surprise' medical bills.

May 14, 2019


Meghan Candee, a pediatric neurologist, was stunned to learn that a plastic surgeon had charged her insurer more than $25,000 for placing a single stitch to treat a small cut under her daughter's eyebrow—but plastic surgery often leads to so-called "surprise" medical bills, and lawmakers are cracking down.

The time of day you see your doctor could affect your care, new study finds

May 14, 2019


A patient's chance of being screened for cancer increases when the patient sees his or her primary care provider in the morning, according to a study published Friday.

Inside Thrive Local—Kaiser's plan to add social services into the EHR

May 14, 2019


Kaiser Permanente last week announced it will launch Thrive Local, a social health network aimed at connecting health and social services providers.

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