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AHL feature: Is health care's 'retail revolution' here? Depends what you mean.

November 21, 2017


Consumers have more choices than ever about where to seek care, but experts say a true "retail revolution," in which patients regularly shop around for the best prices, has yet to reach the health care industry. American Health Line spoke with stakeholders to learn about the obstacles holding the industry back.

Was this the first marijuana overdose death? Not so fast, doctors warn

November 21, 2017


Amid recent headlines about the "first marijuana overdose," doctors who authored a case report on the first death "associated with" cannabis are urging the public not to jump to the conclusion that marijuana killed the affected child.

Ariz. Supreme Court upholds hospital assessment that funds state's Medicaid expansion

November 21, 2017


Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales in the unanimous ruling writes, "The assessment is imposed by the director on hospitals, a narrow class, and directly benefits hospitals by expanding coverage for uninsured patients, thereby increasing payments to the hospitals."

Shulkin wants to further integrate private providers into VA health system

November 21, 2017


Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin says he would like to expand the VA health system's use of private health care providers as a way "to give veterans more choice in their care and be the decision maker for their care, which [he] fundamentally believe[s] is a concept that has to be implemented."

How doctors are responding to negative online reviews

November 21, 2017


As health care consumers increasingly post doctor ratings online, hospitals and physicians have adopted a wide variety of strategies to address negative reviews, ranging from suing commentators for defamation to soliciting additional feedback.

For the 'bedless hospital,' the future is now, Harvard professor argues

November 21, 2017


Neel Shah, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs says the U.S. health care system must break "the association of hospitals with beds" in order to "produce more health rather than just deliver more health care."

The states with the most and fewest physicians—mapped

November 20, 2017


While the total number of physicians in the country has increased in recent years, physicians are not evenly distributed throughout the United States.

AM or PM procedure? It could make a big difference for open-heart surgery patients, study finds

November 20, 2017


David Montaigne, the study's lead author and a professor at the University of Lille-France, says the findings show that scheduling afternoon surgeries could lower patients' risk of injury or death during recovery.

'Incredibly significant': FDA announces new framework for regulating gene and cell therapies

November 20, 2017


Peter Marks, FDA's director of the center for biologics evaluation and research, says FDA's "goal … is not to flood the market with products" but rather "to get products on [the market] that are safe and effective, and to clear up the field so that people know what they have to do."

CMS estimates Medicare improper payments fell by $4.9B in 2017

November 20, 2017


CMS estimates that the 2017 Medicare fee-for-service improper payment rate for 2017 is 9.5%, down from an 11% rate in 2016—about a $4.9 billion reduction.

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