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Whistleblower alleges she was directed to tamper with VA wait lists

July 2, 2019


A Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower last week told House lawmakers that she was directed to schedule fake appointments in order to improperly remove veterans from electronic wait lists in an effort to hide long wait times at a VA health care facility.

What New Hampshire has learned from requiring hospitals to publish their prices

July 2, 2019


President Trump last week signed a controversial executive order directing HHS to require hospitals across the country to disclose the negotiated payment rates they set with health insurers, but New Hampshire's experience with a price transparency site suggests the practice might not lead to major savings.

SCOTUS declines to rule on Alabama law restricting second-trimester abortions

July 2, 2019


The Supreme Court will not hear a case seeking to revive an Alabama abortion law to ban the most common form of second-trimester abortion, called a dilation and evacuation procedure, meaning a lower court ruling that struck down the 2015 law will remain in place.

HHS delays implementation of 'conscience protection' rule

July 2, 2019


HHS in a court filing Saturday said it is delaying implementation of a rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

How this health system reduced ED visits for oncology patients—and lowered costs

July 2, 2019


Christiana Care Health System in November 2016 introduced a nurse navigator initiative for cancer patients that has helped improve clinical outcomes while reducing costs.

Sex, drugs, and alcohol? Today's teens are giving them a pass.

July 1, 2019


Today's teens are having less sex, doing fewer drugs, and drinking less alcohol than they ever have before—but mental health and suicide risks remain a concern, research suggests. See the trends in American Health Line’s interactive charts.

Google is partnering with hospitals to build better diagnostic algorithms. But is it violating patient privacy?

July 1, 2019


A law firm on Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of a patient that accuses the University of Chicago Medical Center, the University of Chicago, and Google of sharing identifiable patient data, including check-in dates and medical diagnoses, without permission—an allegation the university denies.

Medtronic insulin pumps could be hacked, FDA warns

July 1, 2019


FDA and Medtronic on Thursday announced a recall of Medtronic's MiniMed insulin pumps, citing the potential for hackers to manipulate the pumps.

Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

July 1, 2019


Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form a "regional giant" in the Midwest, according to the Wall Street Journal.

US drug overdose deaths might have declined for the first time since 1990

June 28, 2019


Drug-related overdose deaths in the United States appear to have declined by 4.4% to about 69,000 deaths for the 12-month period ending in November 2018, according to provisional data from CDC.

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