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CMS proposes mandatory bundled payment model for radiation oncology

July 12, 2019

CMS on Wednesday issued a proposed rule to implement a mandatory bundled payment model intended to replace Medicare's current fee-for-service payment model for radiation oncology in certain geographic regions.

How Harvard taught Google about health care

July 12, 2019

Google is working to become a major player in the health care industry and now, with the help of Harvard Medical School, the tech giant is learning how doctors think.

Cleveland Clinic delivers first US baby from a deceased donor's uterus

July 11, 2019

Cleveland Clinic doctors have delivered the first baby born in the United States to a woman who received a uterus transplant from a deceased donor, the medical center announced Tuesday.

Even doctors wind up getting plenty of low-value care, study finds

July 11, 2019

Doctors are not much better than patients when it comes to receiving recommended high-value care and foregoing unwarranted low-value services, according to a new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research.

How to look for a new primary care doctor

July 10, 2019

Having a primary care doctor is important, but searching for one can be a daunting task, according to Mara Gordon, a physician, who outlines how patients should start the search and what they should be looking for in a new provider.

Female physicians are paid 25% less than males. See the gap, in 6 charts.

July 9, 2019

Medscape surveyed almost 20,000 practicing physicians across 30 specialties for their 2019 Physician Compensation Report. Here is what they found about the gender pay gap, the gender breakdown in specialties, how each gender feels about their pay, and more.

What's the economic cost of cancer? About $94B in lost earnings, study finds.

July 9, 2019

Premature cancer deaths cost the U.S. economy more than $94 billion in lost earnings in 2015, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Oncology.

FDA approved a record number of fast-tracked drugs in 2018. Is that good news for patients?

July 9, 2019

FDA approved a record high of 43 drugs through fast-track programs in 2018, representing 73% of new drugs approved by the agency last year and establishing a "new normal" that "is transforming medical decision-making for the seriously ill," according to the Wall Street Journal.

An incessant itch left this nurse in 'agony'—until one doctor dug deep into her medical past

July 9, 2019

Leslie Lavender, a 60-year-old retired nurse practitioner, was devastated by an unceasing itch that irritated her for over a year, until a specialist thought to look to Lavender's liver, where she had undergone surgery years before.

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