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Why it's so hard for patients to access their medical records

September 10, 2019


There is a great emphasis in health care today on amassing large databases of patient medical records, but for many patients, the process of accessing their own records can be challenging—and it is completely "at odds with your federal rights," Harlan Krumholz, a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine, writes for NPR's "Shots."

As vaping illness deaths rise, public health officials are giving conflicting advice

September 9, 2019


Public health officials on Friday reported more deaths likely caused by a lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping, as federal health agencies issued conflicting warnings about vaping and e-cigarette use.

CMS finalizes rule bolstering its authority to combat fraud

September 9, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized a rule that provides the agency with more authority to prevent fraud by rejecting or revoking a provider's or supplier's enrollment in CHIP, Medicare, and Medicaid if they are affiliated with organizations that have had their enrollment revoked because of fraud, waste, or abuse.

In the states: Judge approves deal to complete CVS-Aetna merger, North Carolina sues Juul for allegedly targeting children, and more

September 6, 2019


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

Is the US wasting donated kidneys? New study sparks debate.

September 5, 2019


There are 93,000 people in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, and kidney disease kills about 5,000 U.S. residents on the kidney waiting list annually—yet a study published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine estimated the United States throws away at least 3,500 donated kidneys every year.

Medicare paid twice for about $161M in hospice drugs, report finds

September 5, 2019


Medicare Part D in 2016 unnecessarily spent an estimated $161 million on drugs that already were covered under Medicare Part A, according to an HHS Office of Inspector General report released last week.

Hospitals are avoiding admitting Medicare patients to dodge financial penalties, study suggests

September 5, 2019


A study recently published in BMJ reinforces concerns that hospitals are treating Medicare patients in emergency departments and observation areas instead of admitting them to the hospital to avoid readmissions penalties.

'Nursefluencers' are taking over Instagram—and some critics are worried

September 5, 2019


Health care providers increasingly are becoming social media influencers—people who promote products in their pictures to their followers—but some critics worry the practice blurs the line between harmless social media and medically unethical practices.

CMS awards $10M in grants for ACA navigators

September 5, 2019


CMS on Friday announced it has awarded $10 million in grants to 34 Affordable Care Act navigators for the 2020 and 2021 open enrollment periods.

As mysterious lung illness spreads, federal officials issue a stark warning

September 4, 2019


CDC and FDA on Friday warned e-cigarette users against using vaping ingredients purchased from unauthorized vendors and modifying vaping products, citing an increase in cases of a mysterious lung illness tied to e-cigarette use and vaping.

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