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An appeals court just reinstated the controversial 2017 DSH payment rule (and it could cost some hospitals millions)

August 16, 2019


A federal appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court's ruling and reinstated a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

Drugmakers and health systems are sharing your genetic data. Here's why.

August 15, 2019


Drugmakers and health systems are entering into agreements to share patients' genetic information for research purposes—but these sometimes-exclusive deals are attracting pushback from some ethics and privacy experts.

This employer flew a patient to Cancun for surgery. (And they paid her $5,000 to do it.)

August 15, 2019


To meet U.S. residents' growing yet skeptical interest in medical tourism, a Denver-based for-profit organization is arranging for U.S. doctors to leave the states for quick trips to perform operations on U.S. patients—who might even get paid by their employers for having the procedure abroad.

He thought he misplaced his dentures during surgery. After 8 days and 2 ED visit, doctors found them—in his throat.

August 15, 2019


When a 72-year-old patient's dentures went missing after a minor abdominal surgery, everyone assumed they were misplacedand it was not until the patient returned to the hospital twice for throat pain, trouble eating, and vomiting blood that providers solved the mystery of the dentures, according to a paper in BMJ Case Reports.

USPSTF for the first time proposes that providers screen all adults for illicit drug use

August 14, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

40% of patients faced 'surprise' out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals

August 14, 2019


The number of U.S. patients who were billed for out-of-network care received at in-network hospitals rose between 2010 and 2016and the costs of those bills increased, as wellaccording to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Where you live could determine how your heart attack is treated

August 14, 2019


A patient's geographic region is strongly correlated with whether he or she receives a high-intensity statin after a heart attack, according to a study recently published in JAMA Cardiology.

How med schools are recruiting providers to rural areas: Whitewater rafting, mayoral visits, and more

August 14, 2019


A handful of medical schools are offering programs that connect their students with rural communities to entice them to practice in these areas.

She's an ICU nurse. But she still couldn't bring herself to write an end-of-life directive.

August 14, 2019


Intensive Care Unit nurse Andrea Useem in a Washington Post perspective shares her struggle to write an advance directive—despite her intimate understanding of how important such documents are for families who must make end-of-life decisions for a loved one.

Trump admin finalizes 'public charge' rule (and doctors are raising concerns)

August 13, 2019


The Department of Homeland Security on Monday finalized a rule that will allow federal officials to consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications—a move health care leaders have said could affect immigrants' health.

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