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Premiums, deductibles, and more: How employer-sponsored coverage changed in 2019

September 27, 2019

Annual premiums and deductibles for employer-sponsored health coverage increased faster than both wages and inflation in 2019, according to Kaiser Family Foundation's annual Employer Health Benefits Survey.

Are diet fads making Americans eat healthier? Maybe.

September 26, 2019

The American diet is slightly healthier than it was 20 years ago, but low-quality carbohydrates such as sugary foods, refined grains, and starchy vegetables continue to make up more than 40% of U.S. adults' daily calorie intake, according to a study published yesterday in JAMA.

This man has seen nearly 100 doctors. No one knows what's wrong with him.

September 26, 2019

Bob Schwartz suffers from insomnia, large shifts of body fluids when he stands or lies down, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalances, muscle wasting on one side of his body, and exhaustion—and the nearly 100 doctors he has seen have no idea why.

A fourth lawsuit seeks to invalidate Medicaid work requirements. This time in Indiana.

September 25, 2019

Two legal advocacy groups on Friday filed a lawsuit against CMS, challenging its decision to approve Indiana's Medicaid waiver to implement Medicaid work requirements in the state.

She received a face transplant 6 years ago. Now, it's failing.

September 25, 2019

Six years ago, Carmen Blandin Tarleton became one of the first patients to receive a face transplant, but doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital recently discovered underlying tissue damage is causing the transplant to fail, highlighting a fallibility of the cutting-edge technique.

Policymakers are pushing mobile EHRs. But is anyone actually using them?

September 24, 2019

Less than 1% of patients who use their health system's patient portal also viewed their medical records on their smartphones, despite a growing push from policymakers to use the technology, according to research published recently in JAMA Network Open.

Appeals court hears case challenging Title X family planning rule

September 24, 2019

A federal appeals court during a hearing yesterday appeared divided about whether to uphold a final rule that bars health care providers and clinics that receive Title X family planning grants from providing or referring patients for abortion care.

Romney, Merkley unveil bill to ban flavored e-cigarettes

September 23, 2019

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) last week introduced a bill that would ban flavored e-cigarette products.

Trump issues executive order to modernize flu vaccine development

September 23, 2019

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order intended to promote the development of better vaccinations to protect against seasonal influenza and potential pandemic flu outbreaks.

Do you screen for all 5 key social determinants of health? Few providers do, CMS finds.

September 23, 2019

Few hospitals and physician practices screen for all five of what CMS considers five key social determinants of health, according to a study published last week in JAMA Network Open.
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