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Fortune's '40 under 40': The 19 health care trailblazers who made the list

July 17, 2019


Fortune last week released its "40 under 40" list of the most influential "entrepreneurs, leaders, and iconoclasts" under 40 years old, including 19 who are known for their contributions to the health care and wellness industries.

MACRA's Advanced APM track attracted more clinicians in 2018, CMS says

July 17, 2019


The number of clinicians who participated in MACRA's Advanced Alternative Payment Model track increased from 2017 to 2018, while the number of clinicians who participated in MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System decreased, according to preliminary data CMS released Thursday.

Trump admin begins enforcing Title X family planning rule

July 17, 2019


The Trump administration on Monday announced that it will immediately start enforcing 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.

How hospital 'secret shoppers' can have a major effect on care

July 17, 2019


Some hospitals are deploying so-called "secret shoppers" to get a better understanding of patient experience in their facilities—and sometimes the findings can be eye opening.

CMS wants to test acupuncture coverage for certain Medicare beneficiaries

July 17, 2019


CMS on Monday announced a proposal to cover acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic low-back pain who are enrolled in NIH-sponsored or CMS-approved clinical trials that are evaluating acupuncture as an alternative treatment to opioids.

CMS delays summer star ratings update (again)

July 17, 2019


A CMS spokesperson said the agency will not release updated hospital star ratings in August as expected and is delaying their release until further notice while a panel of experts reviews the methodology and proposes changes.

How these Democratic presidential hopefuls want to address high Rx costs

July 16, 2019


Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who each are seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, have announced separate plans to address high prescription drug costs in the United States.

Do patients have better outcomes when more nurses have a BSN?

July 16, 2019


A patient's chances of being discharged with good neurologic functions after an in-hospital cardiac arrest increases when hospitals have a higher share of nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing, according to a study published this month in Health Affairs.

Why it's getting so much harder to treat UTIs

July 16, 2019


Evidence shows that urinary tract infections are becoming increasingly resistant to the routine course of antibiotics, leading to more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations, and extended discomfort for patients.

How WakeMed reduced heart surgery readmission rates by 30%

July 16, 2019


WakeMed Health & Hospitals pioneered the use of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for heart surgery with dramatic results, seeing intensive care unit stays and readmissions fall and achieving estimated cost savings.

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