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House approves Pelosi's Rx pricing bill, rejects GOP alternative

December 13, 2019


The House on Thursday voted 230-291 to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill intended to lower prescription drug prices in the United States, and voted 201-223 to reject a bill introduced by House Republicans that was intended to serve as an alternative to Pelosi's measure.

More people are dying at home than in hospitals. Is that a good thing?

December 13, 2019


More U.S. adults are dying at home than at the hospital for the first time in at least 50 years, according to a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Are these 5 types of medical billing 'fraud by any other name'?

December 13, 2019


Elisabeth Rosenthal, a physician and editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, in a New York Times opinion piece recalls her husband's recent experience navigating the U.S. health care system and argues that "[m]uch of what we accept as legal in medical billing would be regarded as fraud in any other sector."

CBO: Pelosi's Rx drug pricing bill would save feds a net $5B—and slow down drug development

December 12, 2019


A provision in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) drug pricing bill that would allow the HHS secretary to negotiate prescription drug prices would save the federal government about $456 billion from 2020-2029, but the bill would raise federal spending in other areas, according a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.

The House has another new proposal to address 'surprise' medical bills

December 12, 2019


The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday announced new legislation, which is still being finalized, to address so-called "surprise" medical bills—just days after the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced their own bipartisan plan to address surprise bills, likely setting up Congress to resolve the issue in 2020.

Insulting bosses, cruel letters, and more: This is what 'nurse bullying' really looks like

December 12, 2019


Corin Mauldin, a registered nurse, writing in the CT Mirror describes her personal experience with nurse bullying—a problem that she says "happens every day" in clinical settings, but often goes unreported.

The highest paid doctors, charted

December 11, 2019


Doximity on Tuesday released its 2019 U.S. Physician Employment Report, which shows the highest paid and most in-demand physician specialties of 2019.

This doctor survived 11,000 volts of electricity. Here's how it shape his approach to medicine.

December 11, 2019


B.J. Miller, a palliative care physician at the University of California-San Francisco's Cancer Center, climbed on top of a commuter train during his sophomore year at Princeton University and was shocked with 11,000 volts of electricity—and his close brush with death inspired him to become a palliative care physician.

SCOTUS rejects case on Kentucky abortion requirements, leaving law in place

December 11, 2019


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a Kentucky law that requires physicians to show and describe ultrasound images to women seeking abortion care, meaning a lower court's ruling upholding the law remains in place.

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