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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.

CDC's investigation into vaping-linked illness just had a 'breakthrough,' as cases exceed 2,000

November 11, 2019


CDC on Friday said it has identified a potential cause of a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as the number of cases of the illness has exceeded 2,000.

Juul halts sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes

November 11, 2019


Juul on Thursday announced that, effective immediately, the company is no longer selling mint-flavored e-cigarette cartridges, after two studies published last week showed the flavor is popular among adolescents.

How this 'obscure' pricing model is helping lower Rx drug prices

November 11, 2019


An old pricing model called quality-adjusted life years, or QALYs, puts a dollar value on the benefits a drug can have for a patient—and it is increasingly being used by Harvard Medical School's Institute for Clinical and Economic Review to nudge drugmakers into lowering prices.

Judges strike down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule as unconstitutional

November 8, 2019


Two federal judges this week struck down the Trump administration's so-called "conscience protection" rule, which was intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

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