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Patients at this hospital can text their doctors after surgery—and almost 80% said it improved their care

August 22, 2019


The orthopedics and sports medicine practice affiliated with Goshen Health in Indiana last year piloted a secure text messaging system that allows patients to contact doctors during recovery, and almost 80% of patients who test the system said the system improved their care.

USPSTF expands recommendation for BRCA mutation screening

August 21, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday finalized new recommendations broadening the number of women primary care providers should assess for BRCA gene mutations that increase the risk of breast, ovarian, and other cancers.

A mysterious lung illness leads to new concerns about vaping

August 20, 2019


CDC on Friday announced federal and state health officials are investigating nearly 100 cases of a severe lung illness believed to be linked to e-cigarette use and vaping.

'They feel like a gift': What patients' thank-you notes truly mean to doctors

August 20, 2019


Sachin Jain, an adjunct professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, writing for Harvard Medicine Magazine explores the profound ways thank-you notes from patients and their family members impact physicians.

The case against using 'battle' language with cancer patients

August 19, 2019


Many doctors who work with patients with incurable conditions often seek to champion their patients by referring to them as "fighters" in a "battle" against their diseases, but a study recently published in Health Communication finds that using war metaphors when talking about cancer might be more harmful than beneficial.

'Rating the raters': How US News, Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and CMS stack up

August 19, 2019


Prominent hospital ratings systems are highly influential, but they also can generate contradictory results that do not always align with clinicians' own assessments, a group of authors write in NEJM Catalyst, highlighting the shortcomings of several major hospital ratings systems.

This employer flew a patient to Cancun for surgery. (And they paid her $5,000 to do it.)

August 15, 2019


To meet U.S. residents' growing yet skeptical interest in medical tourism, a Denver-based for-profit organization is arranging for U.S. doctors to leave the states for quick trips to perform operations on U.S. patients—who might even get paid by their employers for having the procedure abroad.

He thought he misplaced his dentures during surgery. After 8 days and 2 ED visit, doctors found them—in his throat.

August 15, 2019


When a 72-year-old patient's dentures went missing after a minor abdominal surgery, everyone assumed they were misplacedand it was not until the patient returned to the hospital twice for throat pain, trouble eating, and vomiting blood that providers solved the mystery of the dentures, according to a paper in BMJ Case Reports.

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.

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.

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