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Senate passes opioid package. Here's the 3 key provisions House, Senate negotiators must tackle.

September 18, 2018


House and Senate negotiators now must reconcile each chamber's legislative package, meaning they will need to tackle differences on inpatient substance misuse Medicaid coverage, privacy restrictions, and more.

The Mayo Clinic’s latest bet: Teaming up with Medica on new insurance offerings

September 18, 2018


Mayo Clinic and health insurer Medica will team up to develop insurance policies that will allow patients throughout the country to receive complex care at Mayo Clinic.

Why some doctors flee medicine

September 18, 2018


After dedicating years—or even decades—of their lives to schooling and training, some doctors decide to leave medicine, citing frustrations with the profession, such as the move toward electronic health records.

Inside hospitals' scramble to respond to Hurricane Florence this weekend

September 17, 2018


Hundreds of hospitals in Hurricane Florence's path initially hunkered down or closed to weather the brunt of the storm—but many of those facilities are back up and running, coordinating with state officials and other providers to ensure patients get the care they need.

The 5 surprising places where superbugs are hiding in hospitals

September 17, 2018


New research is helping hospitals find superbugs in places providers had not previously thought to clean. Here are the unexpected places where germs are turning up—and how three hospitals are fighting them.

Precision medicine fails for up to 93% of patients. Are its proponents selling 'false hope?'

September 17, 2018


Physicians, hospitals, and reporters frequently share miraculous success stories of cancer patients saved by so-called "precision medicine," but they leave out a very important fact: Precision medicine fails for up to 93% of patients, Liz Szabo, a health reporter for Kaiser Health News, writes in a New York Times opinion piece.

An endless 'clicking' noise was 'driving her crazy' for a year. Finally, a doctor listened—and diagnosed her in 5 minutes.

September 17, 2018


Maryjane Behforouz spent more than a year visiting specialists to find an explanation to the constant "clicking" sound in her ear, then she found a doctor who diagnosed her condition within minutes, simply by carefully listening to her story.

Mass. voters will decide if nurse-patient ratios should extend beyond the ICU. But a new study casts doubt.

September 14, 2018


A new study suggests Massachusetts' mandatory limit on patient-to-nurse staffing ratios had little to no effect on ICU staffing or patient outcomes, but the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which is backing a ballot initiative to apply similar limits in other hospital departments, says the study does not offer a complete picture of the changes' effect.

Patients complained of yawning doctors and rude clerks, so Geisinger gave them $1M in refunds

September 14, 2018


Rude clerical staff and yawning doctors are a few of the reasons why Geisinger Health System has refunded patients more than $1 million over the past three years.

In the states: Maryland sues to keep ACA working; 4.3K Medicaid beneficiaries lose coverage in Arkansas, and more

September 14, 2018


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

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