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Facebook has flagged 3,500 users at risk for suicide. Is that 'forward-thinking'—or 'black box medicine'?

January 4, 2019


Facebook has begun screening its users' for suicide risk and contacting local authorities if it feels necessary, which in some instances can end up with users being forced to visit a hospital for screening against their will.

Naloxone should be prescribed alongside opioids, HHS recommends

January 4, 2019


HHS in new guidelines encourages health care providers to prescribe the overdose-reversal drug naloxone to patients taking prescription opioids who are at a high risk of overdosing on the drugs.

In the states: Kasich signs Ohio bill effectively banning second-trimester abortions, US doctor being monitored for Ebola, and more

January 4, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

How CMS plans to change MA's risk adjustment model in 2020

January 3, 2019


CMS in an advance notice details how the agency in 2020 plans to change the way it calculates risk scores used to determine payments for Medicare Advantage plans.

'They're just nosebleeds,' doctors told her. So why did two of her children wind up needing brain surgery?

January 3, 2019


Zina Martinez had experienced nosebleeds since she was eight, and doctors told her it was nothing to worry about—but later in life, Martinez was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that ended up landing two of her children in the hospital.

CMS cracked down on hospital readmissions. But did that policy cause more harm than good?

January 3, 2019


While the reduction in Medicare readmissions under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) initially might have "seemed like the win-win that policymakers had" sought, "a deeper look at [HRRP] reveals a few troubling trends," a group of cardiologists and health policy researchers write in a New York Times opinion piece.

How much do breast implants cost? The answer is surprisingly complicated.

January 3, 2019


When Kim S. had breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, her insurance fully covered the procedure, including the $7,000 combined price for two Mentor MemoryGel implants, but patients undergoing a cosmetic augmentation procedure often can expect to pay far less for the implants.

Shutdown, Day 12: Who's furloughed at FDA and HHS—and who isn't?

January 2, 2019


A partial government shutdown—which started Dec. 22, 2018, and affects some federal health care agencies—occurred after the House, the Senate, and President Trump could not come to an agreement on a bill to extend funding for the federal government.

CMS finalizes rule to make ACOs take on more risk

January 2, 2019


CMS has finalized a rule to overhaul the Medicare Shared Savings Program and accelerate the pathway for accountable care organizations to transition to two-sided risk models.

A judge just ruled that 340B cuts are illegal (but the rule hasn't been vacated yet)

January 2, 2019


A federal district court judge last week ruled HHS unlawfully cut Medicare Part B reimbursements for drugs purchased via Medicare's 340B program, siding with the American Hospital Association and other hospital groups.

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