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Did California's provider payment rate-setting law work? It's complicated, research suggests.

September 5, 2019


A California law touted as a national model for addressing so-called "surprise" medical bills has led to fewer surprise bills for patients and lower payment rates for in-network and out-of-network physicians—but it might be driving physician group consolidation, according to recent research.

Hospitals are avoiding admitting Medicare patients to dodge financial penalties, study suggests

September 5, 2019


A study recently published in BMJ reinforces concerns that hospitals are treating Medicare patients in emergency departments and observation areas instead of admitting them to the hospital to avoid readmissions penalties.

'Nursefluencers' are taking over Instagram—and some critics are worried

September 5, 2019


Health care providers increasingly are becoming social media influencers—people who promote products in their pictures to their followers—but some critics worry the practice blurs the line between harmless social media and medically unethical practices.

As mysterious lung illness spreads, federal officials issue a stark warning

September 4, 2019


CDC and FDA on Friday warned e-cigarette users against using vaping ingredients purchased from unauthorized vendors and modifying vaping products, citing an increase in cases of a mysterious lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping.

Why home might not be the best place to die

September 4, 2019


As a palliative care physician, Richard Leiter has "struggled with the complex realities of dying at home"—and the issue took a personal turn for him recently as he navigated the end of his grandmother's life, he writes in the New York Times' "Well."

FDA says hospitals should transition to duodenoscopes with disposable parts

September 4, 2019


FDA in a safety statement released Thursday advised health care facilities and manufacturers to transition to duodenoscopes with disposable endcap components to help reduce the spread of infection between patients.

Has medicine secretly become a 'family-friendly profession'? (Not quite.)

September 4, 2019


Employers today often demand more of their employees' time, but Claire Cain Miller in the New York Times' "The Upshot" writes that medicine has evolved in ways that has allowed it to become "a stealth family-friendly profession"—a viewpoint on which many female physicians are pushing back.

Trump admin ends 'deferred action' policy for undocumented immigrants undergoing life-saving medical care

September 3, 2019


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier this month quietly eliminated a policy that allowed undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their family members are receiving life-saving medical care—though the agency yesterday said it is reviewing whether to continue "a very limited" version of the policy.

Federal officials investigate 2 homicides, other suspicious deaths at VA medical center

September 3, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last week announced that federal officials are investigating a string of suspicious patient deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in West Virginia, including two homicides.

Hurricane Dorian could hit the US today. Here's how hospitals are preparing.

September 3, 2019


As Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States, hospitals up the Atlantic coast are preparing for the powerful storm.

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