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It's official: Medicare will reimburse more hospitals for TAVR

June 26, 2019


CMS on Friday finalized requirements that relax the number of procedures required to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for transcatheter aortic valve replacements.

How this doctor solved his own medical mystery

June 26, 2019


Jay Kostman, a 60-year-old infectious-disease specialist, thought he was having a stroke when he woke up with his arm tingling and a heaviness in his leg, but after listening to his heart, he heard a sound that gave way to his true diagnosis.

From 'secret' price disclosures to upfront out-of-pocket costs: Inside Trump's latest executive order on health care

June 25, 2019


President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at increasing transparency of U.S. health care costs and quality that calls for requiring hospitals and physicians employed by hospitals to post their prices publicly, including the discounted prices they have negotiated with health insurers.

Employer health costs are on the rise again—leading some to reimagine their approach to insurance

June 25, 2019


Employer health care costs are expected to reach a four-year high in 2020, in part due to rising prescription drug prices—and that is prompting many employers to re-think their approach to health insurance, according to a PwC Health Research Institute report released this month.

The longest flu season in a decade, charted

June 25, 2019


This year's influenza season lasted 21 weeks, making it the longest flu season in a decade, according to CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

After 60 years of progress, more middle-aged US residents are dying of heart disease. What reversed the trend?

June 25, 2019


The United States over the past century saw a 70% decline in deaths from heart attacks and strokes, but progress has stalled in recent years, and heart attack deaths now are rising among middle-aged U.S. residents.

Are US hospitals prepared for wildfires?

June 25, 2019


U.S. hospital infrastructure is underprepared for mass casualty burn events, which might become more common as destructive wildfires grow in frequency, experts say.

What it's like to go to the doctor when you're transgender

June 25, 2019


Transgender patients "still struggle to find competent basic care, much less trans-specific care," and a recent proposed rule from the Trump administration would return the transgender community to a health care environment that can deny them care, Katelyn Burns, a freelance journalist who is transgender, writes in a first-person essay for Vox.

The 50 most influential clinical executives of 2019, according to Modern Healthcare

June 24, 2019


Former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb topped Modern Healthcare's annual list of the "50 Most Influential Clinical Executives" for the second year in a row.

FDA approves new drug to treat low sexual desire in premenopausal women

June 24, 2019


FDA on Friday approved a drug to treat premenopausal women with low sexual desire—a condition known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

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