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The House’s 'surprise bill' fix could cut provider payments by up to 20%, CBO finds

September 24, 2019


The House Energy and Commerce Committee's bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills would reduce in-network provider payment rates and premiums in some markets and generate $21.9 billion in federal savings over a decade, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released last week.

This pill combines 4 drugs to lower heart disease risk. But does it have a place in US medicine?

September 24, 2019


A single pill that contains four drugs that treat cardiovascular risk factors was tied to a reduced risk of heart disease among at-risk low-income patients, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Policymakers are pushing mobile EHRs. But is anyone actually using them?

September 24, 2019


Less than 1% of patients who use their health system's patient portal also viewed their medical records on their smartphones, despite a growing push from policymakers to use the technology, according to research published recently in JAMA Network Open.

Appeals court hears case challenging Title X family planning rule

September 24, 2019


A federal appeals court during a hearing yesterday appeared divided about whether to uphold a final rule that bars health care providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

Doctors knew this boy had cancer. So why couldn't they prove it?

September 23, 2019


A 16-year-old boy visited multiple doctors over the course of a year after developing pain that started in his knee, and each scan suggested he had cancer, yet no blood test could prove it. Finally, a pathologist had an idea, New York Times Magazine reports.

NYU Langone's secret to improving care? (Hint: They borrowed it from Google and Amazon.)

September 23, 2019


Tech companies like Google and Amazon often use randomized continuous quality improvement projects to evaluate processes, and while the technique is not widespread in health care, NYU Langone Health recently adopted the practice to assess routine patient care processes, according to a report published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Do you screen for all 5 key social determinants of health? Few providers do, CMS finds.

September 23, 2019


Few hospitals and physician practices screen for all five of what CMS considers five key social determinants of health, according to a study published last week in JAMA Network Open.

17M Americans have survived cancer. Now, they're asking their doctors: What's next?

September 20, 2019


Advances in cancer treatment are leading to enormous increases in the number of cancer survivors, prompting providers to identify ways to help these patients navigate the physical and emotional burdens of survival, Laura Landro—who is herself a longtime cancer survivor—reports for the Wall Street Journal.

Inside Buttigieg's 'Medicare for All Who Want It' plan

September 19, 2019


South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Thursday released his so-called "Medicare for All Who Want It" plan, which would create a public health plan that Americans could choose to opt in to.

Millions of patients' health images are available to 'anyone with basic computer expertise'

September 19, 2019


The medical images and health data of more than five million patients are stored on insecure computer systems that are accessible to "anyone with basic computer expertise," according to ProPublica.

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