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Is private equity the key to physician practice growth—or 'a risky national experiment'?

September 17, 2019


Beacon Orthopaedics recently partnered with Revelstoke Capital Partners to launch a new network of orthopedics groups to help the practices compete in a more consolidated marketplace—a partnership that observers warn could have both beneficial and detrimental results.

Does pizza prevent cancer? The results of this year's Ig Nobel awards.

September 16, 2019


The Annals of Improbable Research on Thursday awarded the Ig Nobel Prizes to 10 "improbable" research projects, including studies into how dirty money really is, whether clickers can help train budding surgeons, and more.

Was your hospital stay :) or :(? Penn Medicine wants to know.

September 16, 2019


Color-coded buttons featuring "emojis" that reflect a range of sentiments could be an effective way to get real-time patient and provider satisfaction data, according to a study published this month in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Sperm donors have been promised anonymity for a century. Then came 23andMe.

September 16, 2019


Sperm banks have long promised donors that they can donate anonymously—but the rise of consumer genetic testing has made it difficult for clinics to make such a guarantee.

5 ways hospitals can make childbirth safer

September 16, 2019


When it comes to preventing maternal childbirth-related deaths, the United States still has a "long way to go," according to Amy Compton-Phillips, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Providence St. Joseph Health, who shares five ways her health system ensures safer outcomes for maternal care.

For-profit dialysis center patients less likely to receive a transplant, study finds

September 13, 2019


Patients with renal failure who get dialysis at for-profit dialysis centers are less likely to receive a kidney transplant than patients who get dialysis at nonprofit centers, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, but the researchers said this does not mean for-profit centers are purposefully skimping on transplants.

VA must pay for non-VA emergency care even if veterans have other insurance, court rules

September 13, 2019


A federal appeals court this week ruled Veterans Affairs (VA) must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care provided at non-VA facilities—a decision that plaintiff's lawyers estimate could cost VA billions of dollars.

Amid merger mania, this rural hospital stayed independent—and became a neurology hub

September 13, 2019


Despite warnings to join forces with a larger health system or face bankruptcy, Memorial Healthcare, a 161-bed rural hospital in Michigan, made the decision to stay independent—and it since has become a profitable hub for neurology.

In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

Your gut bacteria might be tied to obesity. (But fixing the problem won't be easy.)

September 12, 2019


Researchers are increasingly interested in the connection between the gut microbiome and obesity, but a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that transferring microbiota from a lean donor to an obese recipient might not improve the recipients' metabolic health, contrary to other research.

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