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Hospital-acquired condition rates are falling, AHRQ finds

February 1, 2019


The rate of hospital-acquired conditions fell by 13% from 2014 to 2017, saving billions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives, according to a report released Tuesday by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

New VA proposal could triple the number of veterans eligible for private-sector care

January 31, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) on Wednesday proposed new access to care standards that would give veterans greater access to VA-funded care at private health care providers.

Congress kicks off hearings on Rx drug prices, other health issues

January 30, 2019


Committees in the Senate and House on Tuesday began a series of hearings focused on health care issues, including prescription drug prices, protections for U.S. residents with pre-existing medical conditions, and health insurance options.

US performs far more CT and MRI scans than other countries. There's 'virtually no evidence' that's helpful, researchers say.

January 29, 2019


Researchers from Stanford University and Mayo Clinic in a JAMA opinion piece raise alarms about the prevalence of "unnecessary diagnostic imaging" in the United States, writing that there is "virtually no evidence" that more MRIs and CT scans "improve... overall population health."

How Saint Francis built a 'hospital within a hospital' for joint replacements (and cut readmissions below the national average)

January 28, 2019


To prepare for a projected rise in hip and knee replacements, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in 2007 launched its own bundled-payment program and soon after saw readmission rates and lengths of stay for the procedures fall below the national average.

Insulin costs per patient nearly doubled over 5 years, study reveals

January 25, 2019


Per-person spending on insulin for patients with Type 1 diabetes nearly doubled from 2012 to 2016, driven in large part by rising insulin prices, according to a recent Health Care Cost Institute report.

Is the 'gray market' for diabetes test strips savings patients' lives—or devastating manufacturers?

January 24, 2019


The multi-billion-dollar industry for diabetic test strips operates alongside a decades-old "gray market" in which insured patients sell their unused test strips to distributors who resell them for profit.

SCOTUS allows ban on some transgender troops to take effect while lawsuits advance

January 23, 2019


The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 5-4 to allow the Trump administration to ban many transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military while lawsuits challenging the policy move through the courts.

CMS unveils new Medicare Part D payment model, updates MA model

January 22, 2019


CMS on Friday announced new interventions that Medicare Advantage plans will be able to test under the value-based insurance design model, as well as a new model for Medicare Part D designed to make plans take on more financial risk.

CMS just proposed changes for 2020 exchange plans. Here's what you need to know.

January 18, 2019


CMS on Thursday released proposed changes for Affordable Care Act exchange plans that the agency said are intended to lower premiums and reduce regulatory burdens, but some observers said the proposed changes could increase costs for exchange enrollees.

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