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Why GOP lawmakers (again) are weighing ACA replacement plans

July 16, 2019


Republican lawmakers largely had dropped their push to craft a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after various ACA replacement plans failed to gain traction in 2017 and 2018. But now, faced with the threat of the ACA being struck down in court—some GOP lawmakers again are taking up the task.

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.

Are you an introvert? Here are some tips for workplace success.

July 16, 2019


The noisy, bustling modern workplace can be a tough environment for introverts—but by following a few simple principles, introverts can set themselves up for success while remaining true to their personalities, Morra Aarons-Mele, author and founder of a social impact agency, writes in the New York Times.

Biden just released his health reform plan. Here's what's inside.

July 15, 2019


Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, today unveiled a health reform plan that aims to build on and protect the Affordable Care Act by providing Americans with the option to enroll in a public health plan and expanding eligibility for subsidies to purchase exchange plans.

What your BMI fails to capture—and 3 easy-to-use metrics that might be better

July 15, 2019


Body-mass index often is used as a catch-all marker of a person's overall health—but several other simple measurements might offer a better glimpse into fitness and mortality risk.

House panel advances bill to address 'surprise' medical bills—but will it go any further?

July 15, 2019


The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network services.

Inside the 346-page Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule

July 15, 2019


CMS on Thursday released a proposed rule to update certain Medicare payment regulations under the Home Health Prospective Payment System and increase payments for home health agencies by 1.3%.

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