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Pricing tools can save patients thousands of dollars. So why do so few providers use them?

July 9, 2019

While many health systems struggle to implement price transparency tools, Allina Health in Minnesota has successfully implemented a tool that gives physicians real-time information about how much patients' prescriptions will cost.

10 big medical myths, busted

July 8, 2019

A meta-analysis recently published in the journal eLife identified nearly 400 routine medical practices that have been debunked by studies in leading journals, and the New York Times' Gina Kolata rounded up 10 "of the most notable findings."

The boy 'was quickly running out of options.' Then, researchers brought in the zebrafish.

July 8, 2019

A boy living with a rare genetic condition was running out of treatment options when a genetically engineered zebrafish saved his life—a medical feat that his doctors say demonstrates precision medicine's potential to treat disorders beyond cancer.

1 in 7 unresponsive brain injury patients experience 'hidden consciousness.' Could it predict their odds of recovery?

July 8, 2019

Doctors for years have known brain injury patients who are otherwise unresponsive can experience so-called "hidden consciousness," and now, researchers believe those signs of consciousness could be used to predict patient recovery.

Are annual checkups worth it?

July 3, 2019

Annual checkups originally were designed to detect early signs of disease, but recent research has clinicians debating whether annual medical exams are worth it, Rita Rubin, a senior writer at JAMA, writes in a medical news and perspectives article.

Why more MDs are pursuing their MBAs

June 27, 2019

An increasing number of medical students and current doctors are pursuing MBAs to get ahead of burnout and expand their career options.

It's official: Medicare will reimburse more hospitals for TAVR

June 26, 2019

CMS on Friday finalized requirements that relax the number of procedures required to receive Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for transcatheter aortic valve replacements.

How this doctor solved his own medical mystery

June 26, 2019

Jay Kostman, a 60-year-old infectious-disease specialist, thought he was having a stroke when he woke up with his arm tingling and a heaviness in his leg, but after listening to his heart, he heard a sound that gave way to his true diagnosis.

From 'secret' price disclosures to upfront out-of-pocket costs: Inside Trump's latest executive order on health care

June 25, 2019

President Trump on Monday signed an executive order aimed at increasing transparency of U.S. health care costs and quality that calls for requiring hospitals and physicians employed by hospitals to post their prices publicly, including the discounted prices they have negotiated with health insurers.

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