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He went to the optometrist with an irritated eye—then the doctor pulled out a tick

July 22, 2019


Chris Prater felt something in his eye and tried to flush it out, but when that did not work, he went to his optometrist—who pulled a tick out of Prater's eye.

Most hospitals aren't meeting Leapfrog’s volume requirements for these 8 high-risk surgeries

July 22, 2019


Most hospitals fail to meet the Leapfrog Group's minimum volume requirements for eight high-risk procedures, according to a report the organization released Thursday.

HHS seeks to improve rural health with $20M in grants to develop residency programs

July 22, 2019


HHS on Thursday announced that it has awarded a total of $20 million in grants over three years to help increase the physician workforce in rural areas by developing new rural residency programs.

CMS penalties aren't lowering hospital-acquired conditions, study suggests

July 22, 2019


Penalties levied under CMS' Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program are not leading to lower rates of HACs at penalized hospitals when compared with non-penalized hospitals, according to a study recently published in The BMJ.

'Finger-wagging' at patients doesn't work. Here's what doctors should do instead.

July 22, 2019


Realizing that patients rarely change unhealthy behaviors in response to direct advice, clinicians are shifting to a new clinical approach that encourages "exploring, guiding, and choosing, rather than directing," physician Perri Klass writes for the New York Times.

CMS repeals Obama-era nursing home arbitration agreement ban, issues new rules

July 19, 2019


CMS this week finalized a rule that repeals a policy issued under former President Barack Obama that banned nursing homes from entering into pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements with residents, and instead prohibits long-term care facilities from forcing residents to sign them as a condition of residency.

Fewer ACOS joined MSSP in 2019—but more are taking on risk, data show

July 19, 2019


Fewer accountable care organizations (ACOs) joined the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2019 than in 2018—but more ACOs are taking on financial risk than in previous years, CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced in a Health Affairs blog published Wednesday.

New York tells doctors how they must treat sepsis—and it's saving lives, a new study finds

July 19, 2019


New York adopted new regulations regarding sepsis treatment after 12-year-old Rory Staunton died of sepsis in 2012, and a study published Tuesday in JAMA found the regulations appear to be working.

Sanders to propose $20B fund aimed at stemming hospital closures

July 18, 2019


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday announced that he plans to introduce legislation to establish a federal fund to help local governments buy for-profit hospitals at risk of closing.

Senate's 'surprise billing' legislation would save $7.6B over 10 years, CBO predicts

July 18, 2019


The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee's legislative package to address out-of-network "surprise" medical bills would reduce average national provider payment rates by as much as 20%—with much of the effect due to a reduction in in-network payment rates, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.

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