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CMS delays new primary care, kidney care value-based payment models

October 28, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it is delaying the start of several new voluntary value-based payment models, but it continued to encourage Medicare providers to apply to participate in the payment models.

Are the stethoscope's days numbered?

October 25, 2019


The stethoscope is a stalwart in medical technology and a symbol of the medical profession, but recent advances in technology could mean the device's days are coming to an end.

Why some psychologists are using 'superhero therapy' to connect with their patients

October 24, 2019


Psychologists are showing growing interest in so-called "superhero" or "geek therapy," which are forms of therapy that use pop culture figures, such as characters from movies or television, to help patients express their thoughts and feelings.

An exclusive (but growing) club: The doctors with licenses in all 50 states

October 24, 2019


As demand for telemedicine grows, more doctors are seeking licenses in multiple states so they can tap into the technology to treat patients across state lines—and some are even getting licensed in all 50 states.

5 barriers to implementing home-based care (and how to overcome them)

October 24, 2019


Home-based care models provide "tremendous opportunities to improve care," but "there are significant risks and challenges to their broader adoption," write Pooja Chandrashekar, Sashi Moodley, and Sachin Jain in the Harvard Business Review, sharing five common challenges—and solutions—to implementing such programs.

Cleveland Clinic and American Well are launching a big telehealth bet: 'The Clinic'

October 23, 2019


Cleveland Clinic and telehealth company American Well on Monday announced a partnership to provide comprehensive and high-acuity specialty telehealth consults with Cleveland Clinic specialists through a new platform called The Clinic.

'A nightmare situation': A popular childhood cancer-fighting drug is in short supply

October 22, 2019


Vincristine, a drug used to treat the vast majority of childhood cancers, is becoming less and less available, and doctors say they might have to ration the drug if the shortage continues.

A doctor's near-fatal mistake—and her 'life-changing' apology

October 22, 2019


Many health care providers are hesitant to apologize to patients after medical errors, but Kate McLean, an obstetrician-gynecologist, writes in the HuffPost's "HuffPostPersonal" that apologizing to a patient after she made a nearly fatal mistake during surgery "allowed [her] to connect in a way that actually made [her] better at [her] job."

Ancestry will offer health DNA tests. Here's how they differ from 23andMe.

October 17, 2019


Ancestry, the genealogy-focused genetics testing company, this week announced two new products that will provide consumers with health information based on DNA test results—a move that places the company "in direct competition with 23andMe."

He finally quit cigarettes after smoking for 50+ years. But vaping might have killed him.

October 16, 2019


John Steffen had been smoking traditional cigarettes since the 1960s and turned to e-cigarettes about five years ago to help kick his habit, but he died this spring—and doctors believe e-cigarettes are to blame.

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