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What it's really like to get dialysis at home

August 20, 2019


The Trump administration wants to shift most dialysis care to patients' homes—a practice that providers say can improve quality of life, but also can present hardships for older patients.

Uber, Lyft want to help older patients get to their appointments. But will it work?

August 20, 2019


Uber and Lyft are betting big on the health care sector to expand their businesses, but they are having to adopt new approaches to attract older U.S. residents.

'They feel like a gift': What patients' thank-you notes truly mean to doctors

August 20, 2019


Sachin Jain, an adjunct professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, writing for Harvard Medicine Magazine explores the profound ways thank-you notes from patients and their family members impact physicians.

How one hospital skewed CDC's 2015 non-fatal gun injury estimate

August 19, 2019


The inclusion of data from a single hospital added 22,000 non-fatal gun injuries to CDC's national estimate for 2015, according to an analysis by FiveThirtyEight and The Trace, shining light on sensitivities in CDC's statistical model that can result in unreliable data.

The case against using 'battle' language with cancer patients

August 19, 2019


Many doctors who work with patients with incurable conditions often seek to champion their patients by referring to them as "fighters" in a "battle" against their diseases, but a study recently published in Health Communication finds that using war metaphors when talking about cancer might be more harmful than beneficial.

'Rating the raters': How US News, Healthgrades, Leapfrog, and CMS stack up

August 19, 2019


Prominent hospital ratings systems are highly influential, but they also can generate contradictory results that do not always align with clinicians' own assessments, a group of authors write in NEJM Catalyst, highlighting the shortcomings of several major hospital ratings systems.

ACA exchange plans will soon feature quality star ratings

August 16, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced it will require state and federal exchange websites to display quality star ratings for Affordable Care Act exchange plans, starting with the 2020 open enrollment period.

See the human brain in 'unprecedented detail,' as revealed by Mass Gen. researchers

August 16, 2019


Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in a paper that is awaiting publication say they have produced ultra-high-resolution MRIs of a human brain that represent some of the most detailed three-dimensional images of an intact human brain ever to exist.

Planned Parenthood will exit Title X family planning program unless court intervenes

August 16, 2019


Planned Parenthood on Wednesday announced it will formally withdraw from the Title X federal family planning program by Aug. 19 unless a federal court blocks a Trump administration rule that bars clinics that receive Title X funding from abortions providing or referring patients to non-emergency abortion care.

In the states: AMA leaves group that opposes 'Medicare for All,' shots fired at an Illinois VA hospital, and more

August 16, 2019


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

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