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Hospitals are paid twice as much (or more) by private insurers than Medicare, study finds

May 13, 2019


Employer-sponsored private health plans in 2017 paid more than double the amount Medicare paid for identical health care services, according to a report from RAND released Thursday.

3 key lessons about US health care, according to this journalist

May 13, 2019


Sarah Kliff has been reporting on health care for years, but over the past year, she has interacted with the health care system more than she ever has before—and it left here with three "important" lessons.

When a 'John Doe' enters the ED, a high-stakes game of detective begins

May 13, 2019


Hospital staff must do a bit of sleuthing when unidentified patients arrive at the emergency department, all while providing care without the patients' medical histories.

'Pretty much unbeatable': How hospitals are fighting the deadly C. auris outbreak

May 13, 2019


Hospitals in the United States and abroad in recent years have been grappling with a little-known drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris—and some experts say its silent spread raises questions about CDC's hospital reporting policies for such outbreaks.

'We don't treat nurses very well': Why 1 in 4 nurses experiences PTSD

May 13, 2019


Nearly 30% of nurses develop post-traumatic stress disorder during their careers, contributing to high rates of turnover in the profession.

Trump calls for an end to 'surprise' medical bills and signals support for Rx drug imports

May 10, 2019


President Trump on Thursday called on Congress to propose and approve legislation to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and vowed to allow states to import lower-cost prescription drugs from other countries.

'The reality we have now': Colorado hospital's staff treat school shooting victims for third time

May 10, 2019


When staff at Littleton Adventist Hospital in Colorado treated victims of a mass shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday, for some, the situation was one they had confronted not just in training but in real life—two other times.

Warren unveils $100B plan to fight the US opioid epidemic

May 10, 2019


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) this week unveiled a $100 billion proposal to combat the U.S. opioid epidemic that would emphasize employment and evidenced-based treatment for those struggling with substance use disorders, as well as provider training on treatment methods.

For the first time, employed physicians outnumber independent physicians, AMA finds

May 9, 2019


Employed physicians outnumbered self-employed physicians in the United States for the first time in 2018, according to an updated American Medical Association study released Monday.

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