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Senate passes opioid package. Here's the 3 key provisions House, Senate negotiators must tackle.

September 18, 2018


House and Senate negotiators now must reconcile each chamber's legislative package, meaning they will need to tackle differences on inpatient substance misuse Medicaid coverage, privacy restrictions, and more.

Medicare's surprising slowdown: Why per-person costs are falling—and what the health system can learn from it

September 18, 2018


When actuaries detected a slowdown in Medicare spending growth a few years ago, Medicare officials claimed it was a one-time blip due to the recession. But one expert is spearheading research that paints a different picture—revealing a sustained slowdown in spending that the larger health care system could learn from.

DOJ OKs proposed Cigna-Express Scripts merger

September 18, 2018


Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general of the Department of Justice's antitrust division, says, "After a thorough review of the proposed transaction, the antitrust division has determined that the combination of Cigna … and [Express Scripts] … is unlikely to result in harm to competition or consumers."

Ig Nobels 2018: Studies on cannibalism, kidney stones on roller coasters, and more

September 18, 2018


The Annals of Improbable Research awards its annual Ig Nobel Prizes to 10 "improbable" research projects that cover a wide range of topics from medicine to anthropology.

The Mayo Clinic’s latest bet: Teaming up with Medica on new insurance offerings

September 18, 2018


Mayo Clinic and health insurer Medica will team up to develop insurance policies that will allow patients throughout the country to receive complex care at Mayo Clinic.

Why some doctors flee medicine

September 18, 2018


After dedicating years—or even decades—of their lives to schooling and training, some doctors decide to leave medicine, citing frustrations with the profession, such as the move toward electronic health records.

Low-dose aspirin more harmful than good for healthy elderly adults, a new study finds

September 18, 2018


Although evidence suggests that a daily regimen of low-dose aspirin can protect heart attack patients from a second episode or stroke, the regimen may do more harm than good in healthy elderly adults who have never experienced a cardiac event, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Is Trump's rule for short-term health plans justified? Health care groups say no.

September 17, 2018


The groups in a lawsuit to block the final rule argue that the Trump administration's justifications for the rule "are directly contrary to the congressional determinations embodied in the text and structure of the [Affordable Care Act]."

Inside hospitals' scramble to respond to Hurricane Florence this weekend

September 17, 2018


Hundreds of hospitals in Hurricane Florence's path initially hunkered down or closed to weather the brunt of the storm—but many of those facilities are back up and running, coordinating with state officials and other providers to ensure patients get the care they need.

Map: At least 35% of adults in 7 US states were obese in 2017

September 17, 2018


New CDC data show more states reported adult obesity rates of 35% and higher in 2017 than in 2016—and the highest prevalence of obesity was among adults ages 45-54.

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