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He went to the optometrist with an irritated eye—then the doctor pulled out a tick

July 22, 2019

Chris Prater felt something in his eye and tried to flush it out, but when that did not work, he went to his optometrist—who pulled a tick out of Prater's eye.

HHS seeks to improve rural health with $20M in grants to develop residency programs

July 22, 2019

HHS on Thursday announced that it has awarded a total of $20 million in grants over three years to help increase the physician workforce in rural areas by developing new rural residency programs.

'Finger-wagging' at patients doesn't work. Here's what doctors should do instead.

July 22, 2019

Realizing that patients rarely change unhealthy behaviors in response to direct advice, clinicians are shifting to a new clinical approach that encourages "exploring, guiding, and choosing, rather than directing," physician Perri Klass writes for the New York Times.

New York tells doctors how they must treat sepsis—and it's saving lives, a new study finds

July 19, 2019

New York adopted new regulations regarding sepsis treatment after 12-year-old Rory Staunton died of sepsis in 2012, and a study published Tuesday in JAMA found the regulations appear to be working.

MACRA's Advanced APM track attracted more clinicians in 2018, CMS says

July 17, 2019

The number of clinicians who participated in MACRA's Advanced Alternative Payment Model track increased from 2017 to 2018, while the number of clinicians who participated in MACRA's Merit-based Incentive Payment System decreased, according to preliminary data CMS released Thursday.

How hospital 'secret shoppers' can have a major effect on care

July 17, 2019

Some hospitals are deploying so-called "secret shoppers" to get a better understanding of patient experience in their facilities—and sometimes the findings can be eye opening.

Why it's getting so much harder to treat UTIs

July 16, 2019

Evidence shows that urinary tract infections are becoming increasingly resistant to the routine course of antibiotics, leading to more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations, and extended discomfort for patients.

How WakeMed reduced heart surgery readmission rates by 30%

July 16, 2019

WakeMed Health & Hospitals pioneered the use of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery for heart surgery with dramatic results, seeing intensive care unit stays and readmissions fall and achieving estimated cost savings.

House panel advances bill to address 'surprise' medical bills—but will it go any further?

July 15, 2019

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network services.

The most in-demand physicians in 2019, charted

July 12, 2019

For a new report, the physician recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins reviewed thousands of recruiting engagements for physicians and advanced practitioners over the last year. Find out which specialties were in the greatest demand—and which offered the highest salaries—on American Health Line's interactive charts.
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