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US health spending growth accelerated last year. Here's why.

December 6, 2019


U.S. health spending growth increased at a faster rate in 2018 when compared with 2017, in part because the net cost of health insurance rose more quickly due to the return of the Affordable Care Act's health insurance tax, according to a CMS report released Thursday.

The 30 health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

December 6, 2019


Forbes this week released its annual "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are "tackling health care issues at every scale."

Duke performs America's first adult heart donation after circulatory death

December 6, 2019


Doctors at Duke University Hospital have performed the country's first-ever adult heart transplant through a process called donation after circulatory death, and one of the surgeons involved says the process could expand the heart transplant donor pool by as much as 30%.

Doctors are turning to YouTube for medical training. Is that safe?

December 4, 2019


More doctors are turning to YouTube to fill gaps in their training before certain medical procedures, but research has found that some of the videos are not medically sound.

How a tech startup allegedly pulled off a $1B fraud. (Hint: 'Big promises' and 'hot air.')

December 4, 2019


Founders of the startup Outcome Health used "big promises" to defraud clients and investors out of nearly $1 billion, according to a STAT+ report about a federal indictment made public on Monday and related charges filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

More veterans are accessing care via telehealth, VA says

December 4, 2019


Veterans Affairs (VA) last month announced that an increasing number of veterans are using the department's telehealth services, pointing to a 235% increase in use of the VA Video Connect app in fiscal year 2019.

Want to be a doctor? Beware the 'hidden costs' of medical school.

December 3, 2019


The so-called "hidden costs" of medical school—from Medical College Admission Test registration fees to travel expenses for interviews—can pose a barrier for low-income students who want enter the profession.

Why doctors need to be leaders (and how to cultivate leadership)

December 3, 2019


While doctors typically are thought of as "scientists, caregivers, or educators, … we must also understand [them] as leaders," Dhruv Khullar, a physician and assistant professor of medicine and health care policy at Weill Cornell, writes for the New York Times' "Well," noting that both doctors and patients stand to benefit from more physician leadership in U.S. health care.

The 25 best health care inventions of 2019, according to TIME

December 2, 2019


TIME recently released its list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 based on factors including creativity, effectiveness, influence, and originality—and 25 health care inventions made the list.

Judge vacates criminal convictions against pharma execs in first-of-its-kind opioid case

December 2, 2019


A federal judge on Tuesday partially vacated criminal convictions against former Insys Therapeutics executives in a first-of-its-kind case accusing the executives of contributing to the opioid epidemic.

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