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VA must pay for non-VA emergency care even if veterans have other insurance, court rules

September 13, 2019


A federal appeals court this week ruled Veterans Affairs (VA) must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care provided at non-VA facilities—a decision that plaintiff's lawyers estimate could cost VA billions of dollars.

In the states: Florida provider pays $85K to settle alleged HIPAA violation, New York to require warnings in vape stores, and more

September 13, 2019


American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

FDA is planning to ban unauthorized flavored e-cigarettes

September 12, 2019


The Trump administration on Wednesday announced that FDA intends to finalize a compliance policy that will clear the market of unauthorized, non-tobacco-flavored e-cigarettes, including mint and menthol flavors, in response to growing numbers of children using e-cigarettes.

Men are missing out on 'lifesaving' breast cancer therapies—and FDA wants that to change

September 12, 2019


FDA recently released draft guidance that calls on researchers to include more male patients in clinical trials for breast cancer therapies in response to concerns that men are missing out on lifesaving treatments.

The uninsured rate is up for the first time in nearly a decade, Census data shows

September 11, 2019


New data from the U.S. Census Bureau show the country's uninsured rate increased from 7.9% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2018, marking the first year-to-year increase reflected in Census data since 2008 to 2009, when the United States was at the highest point of the Great Recession.

FDA warns Juul for marketing products as safer than traditional cigarettes

September 11, 2019


FDA on Monday announced that it has warned e-cigarette maker Juul Labs for illegally marketing its nicotine pods as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes, and for doing so in a presentation to youth at a U.S. school.

Where EMS providers take patients might depend on race, study suggests

September 11, 2019


Black and Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries are less likely to be transported to the same emergency departments as white Medicare beneficiaries, according to a first-of-its-kind study published Friday in JAMA Network Open.

This woman just became the world's oldest mom (at age 74)

September 10, 2019


Erramatti Mangayamma at age 74 gave birth to twins in India last week after becoming pregnant through in vitro fertilization, making her the oldest person to ever give birth, according to her doctors, and reigniting debate over so-called geriatric pregnancies.

Medical imaging rates are climbing—despite efforts to bring them down

September 9, 2019


Physician groups for years have sought to curb rates of unnecessary imaging, but these rates are still on the rise, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

Many hospitals aren't ready to handle pediatric emergencies, study finds

September 6, 2019


A new study finds critically ill children have higher mortality rates when hospital emergency departments are not prepared for pediatric patients—but Jeremy Kahn, a fellow at the University of Pittsburgh and the study's senior author, says there are steps hospitals can take to better prepare for pediatric emergencies.

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