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How 24 health system CEOs want to grow in 2019. (Hint: M&A isn't the priority.)

March 7, 2019

In this year's Modern Healthcare Power Panel CEO survey, 12.5% of CEOs said mergers and acquisitions best describe their growth strategy, compared with 25.8% of CEOs in 2018.

There's no link between the MMR vaccine and autism, a new study shows (again)

March 6, 2019

Children who received the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine did not have a higher risk of developing autism than children who did not receive the vaccine, according to a study published this week—adding to the body of evidence debunking unfounded claims that there is an association between the MMR vaccine and developing autism.

FDA OKs new depression treatment for first time in decades—but it comes with a strong warning

March 6, 2019

FDA on Tuesday approved a nasal spray antidepressant derived from the anesthetic ketamine to treat adults with severe depression who do not respond to other treatments, but the agency included a boxed warning on the drug and has stipulated that it can only be administered in a health care facility.

HHS wants to fix kidney care system that 'pays for sickness rather than health,' Azar says

March 6, 2019

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is looking to change how Medicare pays for dialysis treatments and to increase the number of kidneys that are available for transplant.

What research reveals about the 'pervasive' racial bias in health care

March 6, 2019

When it comes to racial bias in medicine, "[w]e hope we are better today," but a close look at the most recent evidence is "not as encouraging as you might think," according to Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics.

15 US children died from flu in one week, CDC data show

March 6, 2019

Between 20.4 million and 23.6 million people have been diagnosed with influenza so far this flu season, according to the latest CDC data.

Did scientists just 'cure' a second HIV-positive patient?

March 5, 2019

Ravindra Gupta, a virologist at University College London who co-led the team of doctors who treated a patient in long-term remission from HIV, said, "There is no virus there that we can measure" in the patient, but Gupta—and other experts—are hesitant to label the costly and dangerous treatment a cure for HIV.

Who do people trust most with their health data? Providers top the list.

March 5, 2019

About 72% of people are willing to share their health data with physicians, making physicians the most trusted entity with which individuals are willing to share their health data, according to a recent survey from Rock Health.

What will the hospital bracelet of the future look like? (Hint: It's not a bracelet at all.)

March 5, 2019

Hospitals across the country are ditching the traditional paper patient ID bracelet and introducing high-tech alternatives—including some that eliminate the wristband altogether.

Senate Finance Committee chair relaunches probe into nonprofit hospitals' tax exemptions

March 5, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) last month renewed his investigation into whether nonprofit hospitals are meeting uncompensated care and other requirements for tax exemptions.

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