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CMS: Exchange plan enrollment is largely stable (except among non-subsidized buyers)

August 14, 2019


About 10.6 million U.S. residents enrolled in Affordable Care Act exchange plans by March 15 of this year, representing a less than 1% decrease when compared with enrollment numbers as of March 15, 2018, according to CMS data released Monday.

USPSTF for the first time proposes that providers screen all adults for illicit drug use

August 14, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

Are we nearing an Ebola cure? 2 new treatments dramatically improve survival.

August 14, 2019


Health officials on Monday announced that two experimental treatments appear to have improved the survival rates of patients infected with the Ebola virus, and the treatments now will be offered to all patients in the Democratic Republic of Congo who have contracted the virus.

40% of patients faced 'surprise' out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals

August 14, 2019


The number of U.S. patients who were billed for out-of-network care received at in-network hospitals rose between 2010 and 2016and the costs of those bills increased, as wellaccording to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Trump admin finalizes 'public charge' rule (and doctors are raising concerns)

August 13, 2019


The Department of Homeland Security on Monday finalized a rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications—a move health care leaders have said could affect immigrants' health.

What's the secret to being 110 years old? Bad record-keeping, paper finds.

August 13, 2019


According to a working paper, bad record-keeping might be the secret to why certain areas of the world seem to have such large concentrations of people who live past 110 years old.

An immune-disorder drug is in a shortage. Here’s how it's affecting patients.

August 13, 2019


U.S. hospitals and infusion clinics are rationing a medicine approved to treat immune disorders and suspending treatment for many patients who use the drug amid a nationwide shortage.

HHS releases guidance for providers on new Title X requirements

August 13, 2019


HHS in guidance released Friday said it will not use rigid standards to determine whether providers who receive Title X family planning funds are complying with a final rule that bars such entities from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

Are Republicans eyeing another ACA repeal push?

August 12, 2019


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last week said Republican lawmakers would again seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act if they gain control of the House and President Trump is re-elected in 2020.

DeepMind's new AI system can predict 90% of severe kidney injuries—up to 2 days in advance

August 12, 2019


DeepMind has developed an artificial intelligence tool that can predict the onset of acute kidney injury "with a lead time of up to 48 hours," according to a paper published in Nature.

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