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FDA just approved the first pig-to-human tissue transplant

November 18, 2019


FDA for the first time has approved an experiment that involves temporarily transplanting pig tissue into humans, a move that experts say could lead to further developments in animal-to-human donations.

From 'embryo glue' to 'assisted hatching': Do these costly IVF add-ons actually work?

November 18, 2019


As demand for in vitro fertilization has grown, fertility clinics have developed supplementary procedures, or "add-ons," that are purported to increase the odds of success—but there is little evidence these add-ons actually work.

Trump admin just dropped 2 major price transparency rules. Here's what's inside.

November 15, 2019


The Trump administration on Friday released rules intended to increase price transparency among health care providers and insurers.

Millions in US have lost someone who couldn't afford treatment

November 14, 2019


A Gallup poll published Tuesday found that 13% of U.S. adults, or roughly 34 million Americans, know a friend or family member who died in the past five years because he or she could not afford their medical treatment or medication.

CMS wants to crack down on unauthorized Medicaid spending. Here's how.

November 14, 2019


CMS on Tuesday released a proposed rule intended to increase transparency around states' supplemental Medicaid payments and financing arrangements by establishing new reporting requirements.

Hospital acquired conditions are declining—so why are pressure injuries on the rise?

November 14, 2019


The rate of hospital-acquired pressure injuries has continued to rise while other hospital-acquired conditions have fallen, prompting some providers to question whether federal regulators are taking the right approach to reduce incidence rates.

Another appeals court upholds CMS' controversial 2017 DSH payment rule

November 14, 2019


A second federal appeals court last week reversed a lower court's ruling and upheld a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

Ascension is sharing millions of patient records with Google. Here's why.

November 13, 2019


Google and Ascension, the second-largest U.S. health system, on Monday announced a joint project to analyze the health data of millions of patients—and the news drew attention from lawmakers and regulators, with HHS' Office for Civil Rights announcing a federal inquiry into the project over potential HIPAA concerns.

Former Trump officials were paid hundreds of thousands under CMS contract

November 13, 2019


At least eight former officials who served on President Trump's campaign, presidential transition team, or in the White House received as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars under a one-year CMS communications contract that is under federal investigation, according to new documents obtained by Politico.

Maryland offers first-of-its-kind master's in medical cannabis

November 13, 2019


University of Maryland now offers a Master's of Science in Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics, the first graduate program of its kind in the nation.

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