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This patient's surgery was fully covered by his insurance. So how did he wind up with a $11,000 bill?

November 13, 2019


In 2018, 63-year-old Tom Saputo was transported via air ambulance to receive a life-saving double lung transplant, but while the operation was fully covered by Saputo's health insurance, the air ambulance ride was out of his health plan's network and left Saputo with an $11,524.79 bill.

UnityPoint Health, Sanford Health call off $11B proposed merger

November 13, 2019


UnityPoint Health and Sanford Health on Tuesday each announced that they will not proceed with a proposed merger that would have formed an $11 billion integrated health system.

Are providers the key to improving flu shot rates?

November 13, 2019


Little progress has been made in recent years to improve influenza shot uptake, but new research suggests spurring competition among providers to get more patients vaccinated could be the key to turning the needle.

Leapfrog just graded 2,633 hospitals on safety. How did they fare?

November 12, 2019


The Leapfrog Group last week released its Fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, giving about one-third of hospitals an "A," but giving more than 40% of hospitals a "C" or lower.

US disparities in preventable causes of deaths, charted

November 12, 2019


U.S. residents living in rural areas of the country were more likely to die from preventable causes than those living in urban areas from 2010 to 2017, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

This health care reporter felt like one of the 'best equipped people' to navigate cancer—until she had to do it

November 12, 2019


As a health care reporter whose father is a scientist and sister is a doctor, Alexandra Glorioso, who last year was diagnosed with breast cancer, felt like "one of the best equipped people to navigate" treatment for the disease—but Glorioso in Politico Magazine writes that she has felt "totally buried … much of the time."

This football player became a doctor—then had to quit because of a brain injury

November 12, 2019


T.J. Abraham worked as an OB-GYN at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital for years, but at age 42, he had to end his career because of a brain injury he likely sustained from years of playing football.

Researchers now have access to new Medicaid, CHIP data

November 12, 2019


CMS on Thursday announced that the agency for the first time is releasing certain data on Medicaid and CHIP utilization and payments as part of an effort to improve health care research.

Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser, dies unexpectedly at age 60

November 11, 2019


Bernard Tyson, chair and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died unexpectedly at age 60 early Sunday morning, the company announced in a statement, remembering Tyson as "[a]n outstanding leader, visionary, and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans."

Judges strike down HHS' 'conscience protection' rule as unconstitutional

November 8, 2019


Two federal judges this week struck down the Trump administration's so-called "conscience protection" rule, which was intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

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