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The best (and worst) states for health care, ranked

August 6, 2019


WalletHub on Monday released its latest list of the Best & Worst States for Health Care. See where your state ranks with American Health Line's interactive map.

Trump calls for mental health reform in wake of mass shootings, but AMA, APA call for focus on gun laws

August 6, 2019


President Trump on Monday called for mental health care reform in the wake of mass shootings that occurred over the weekend—but some health care groups are pushing back, and instead calling on policymakers to reform the United States' gun laws.

How this 47-year-old car mechanic became a doctor

August 6, 2019


Carl Allamby was a car mechanic for over 20 years, but he discovered his love for medicine after taking a class at a local community college—and now, at the age of 47, he has become a doctor, inspired in part by a desire to help address the shortage of black physicians.

Why AdventHealth is offering 10,000 Floridians free DNA testing

August 6, 2019


AdventHealth last month launched a $2 million DNA test project and began offering free DNA tests to 10,000 Florida patients—but some ethics experts warn that participants might not be fully aware as to how their DNA data can be used.

What's inside CMS' 2,273-page IPPS final rule?

August 5, 2019


CMS on Friday issued its Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule for fiscal year 2020, which aims to address payment disparities for rural and urban health facilities and increase add-on payments for emerging technologies and therapies.

How hospitals responded to the mass shootings in El Paso, Dayton

August 5, 2019


Providers at hospitals in Texas and Ohio rushed to treat victims of two mass shootings over the weekend—one in El Paso that left 20 dead and 26 injured, and one in Dayton that left nine dead and at least 27 injured.

CMS finalizes 2020 payment rules for SNFs, hospices, inpatient rehab, psych facilities

August 5, 2019


CMS last week released rules finalizing Medicare payment adjustments for skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and inpatient rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities for fiscal year 2020.

How Medicare wants to help doctors fill in the gaps in patients' medical histories

August 5, 2019


CMS on Tuesday unveiled a new pilot program intended to help providers fill gaps in Medicare beneficiaries' medical histories by giving providers access to Medicare claims data that contain a beneficiary's previous diagnoses, procedures, and more.

CMS proposes 1.7% bump to Medicare payments for dialysis providers

August 5, 2019


CMS last week released a proposed rule that would update Medicare policies and payments for the End-Stage Renal Disease program and aims to promote the adoption of new equipment and supplies among dialysis facilities.

The 165 best hospitals, according to US News

August 2, 2019


U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 30th annual Best Hospitals rankings, which this year recognized 165 hospitals for their performance in at least one of 16 specialties.

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