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Weekly Line: Why public health officials are missing the mark in talking about vaccines

December 8, 2017

The number of people opting out of recommended vaccinations is growing—and as a result, so are outbreaks of diseases that had become rare in the United States.

Trump signs short-term spending bill allowing states to access more CHIP funds

December 8, 2017

President Trump is working with Republican and Democratic leaders on a longer-term spending bill that lawmakers say is likely to include new funding for CHIP.

GOP eyeing Medicare, Medicaid reform in 2018, Ryan says

December 8, 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) says Republican lawmakers next year will "have to get back [to] entitlement reform," such as Medicare and Medicaid reform, as a way of "tackl[ing] the debt and the deficit."

The Leapfrog Group names 109 'Top Hospitals' for 2017

December 8, 2017

The Leapfrog Group President and CEO Leah Binder says, "The Top Hospital award highlights American hospitals that are providing the highest quality of care to their patients."

Senate, House begin negotiations on tax reform bill—and the individual mandate is on the table

December 8, 2017

House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-Texas), who is leading the negotiations, says he is open to including a provision to eliminate the penalty most U.S. residents have to pay for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate in Republicans' final tax reform bill.

Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives announce plans to merge

December 8, 2017

If Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives merger agreement is approved, the combined companies would create the largest nonprofit hospital company in the United States in terms of operating revenue.

Arthritis is much more common than you think, study suggests

December 8, 2017

The study's findings indicate that 91.2 million U.S. adults had arthritis in 2015—an estimate that is 68% higher than CDC's estimates.

Temp, full-time doctors provide similar quality of care, study suggests

December 8, 2017

Staff Care, a national recruiting firm that connects locum tenens physicians with hospitals, estimates that the number of temp doctors has almost doubled since 2002, totaling about 48,000 in 2017.

In the states: Efforts to stem disease outbreaks in Calif. and N.C., a spike in fentanyl-related deaths in Utah, and more

December 8, 2017

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

A closer look: The top five American Health Line Analyses & Insights of 2017

December 7, 2017

American Health Line's editors and writers covered some big topics this year, including the future of the CHIP program and the consequences rescinding the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate could have on other popular provisions of the law.

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