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FDA just approved the first pig-to-human tissue transplant

November 18, 2019


FDA for the first time has approved an experiment that involves temporarily transplanting pig tissue into humans, a move that experts say could lead to further developments in animal-to-human donations.

From 'embryo glue' to 'assisted hatching': Do these costly IVF add-ons actually work?

November 18, 2019


As demand for in vitro fertilization has grown, fertility clinics have developed supplementary procedures, or "add-ons," that are purported to increase the odds of success—but there is little evidence these add-ons actually work.

Hospital acquired conditions are declining—so why are pressure injuries on the rise?

November 14, 2019


The rate of hospital-acquired pressure injuries has continued to rise while other hospital-acquired conditions have fallen, prompting some providers to question whether federal regulators are taking the right approach to reduce incidence rates.

Leapfrog just graded 2,633 hospitals on safety. How did they fare?

November 12, 2019


The Leapfrog Group last week released its Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A," but giving more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower.

Hospital-acquired conditions are down, but did CMS' penalty program play a role?

November 7, 2019


Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have decreased nationwide, according to a recent CDC report, but a new study published in Health Affairs suggests CMS' HAC Program is not behind the decrease.

In June, FDA announced a patient died from a fecal transplant. Now the doctors are speaking out.

November 5, 2019


Doctors from the hospital that treated a patient who died after a fecal microbiota transplant published a case study on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine that offers more details on the case as well as another case in which a patient became severely ill from the procedure.

CMS delays controversial price transparency requirements—and other key takeaways from the HOPPS final rule

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday released a final rule to update Medicare's Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems for calendar year 2020, in which the agency said it will continue to implement site-neutral payment cuts and cuts under Medicare's 340B Drug Discount Program, despite separate court rulings striking down the policies.

How CMS will change Medicare payments to physicians in 2020

November 4, 2019


CMS on Friday issued a final rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year 2020, which includes policies to shift QPP's Merit-based Incentive Payment System to a new conceptual framework and update evaluation and management visit payment rates.

CMS finalizes Medicare payment updates for home health and kidney care

November 1, 2019


CMS on Thursday finalized two separate rules that will increase Medicare payments for home health agencies and end-stage renal disease care.

More than 1,500 hospitals will receive VBP bonuses in FY 2020

October 31, 2019


CMS on Tuesday announced that over 1,500 hospitals will receive bonuses in fiscal year 2020 under Medicare's Value-based Purchasing program.

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