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Why it's so hard to find in-network mental health care

November 22, 2019


In the United States, commercially insured patients are struggling to find in-network mental health providers, forcing many to seek out-of-network care at rates above those for other conditions—despite the federal mental health parity law, according to a report published by Milliman on Wednesday.

Is there a MacGyver onboard? When a patient started hemorrhaging midflight, this doc and NP had to get creative.

November 22, 2019


In an emergency department, a gushing nosebleed like the one Jay Wellons, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, encountered midflight would be treated with special glue and a microcatheter, but writing for the New York Times, Wellons describes how he and a nurse practitioner managed to "essentially" stop the midflight hemorrhaging with over-the-counter nasal spray and two tampons.

Why CMS' proposed star ratings changes might not help consumers

November 22, 2019


Members of a CMS advisory panel are worried that potential long-term changes to CMS' star-ratings methodology for hospitals would not actually help consumers make informed decisions about where to go for care.

In the states: California, New York sue Juul for allegedly targeting teens; South Dakota launches 'Meth. We're On It' campaign; and more

November 22, 2019


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

Nursing Home Compare now warns consumers about abuse violations

November 21, 2019


CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website has begun indicating when nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations, and while the move has been applauded by consumer advocates, some in the nursing home industry say the alerts are misleading.

Becoming a 'parent, for a parent': The unique challenges millennial Alzheimer's caregivers encounter

November 21, 2019


An increasing number of millennials are caring for parents with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and these younger caregivers face unique challenges along the way.

Colorado has a final state public option plan (but hospitals aren't on board)

November 21, 2019


Colorado officials on Friday released their final proposal for a state public health insurance option, but the Colorado Hospital Association is raising concerns.

House approves stopgap bill to fund federal government, delay Medicaid payment cuts

November 20, 2019


The House on Tuesday voted 231-192 to approve a stopgap spending bill that would fund the federal government through Dec. 20, extend funding for certain health care programs, and delay $4 billion in planned cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments.

How much does your 'free' flu shot actually cost?

November 20, 2019


While patients with health insurance receive the influenza shot at no cost to them, the common health care service serves as an example of how opaqueness in health care pricing can cost patients in the long run, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

Trump's visit to Walter Reed was for routine, preventive care, doctor says

November 20, 2019


The White House on Monday released a statement saying President Trump's visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday was for "regular, primary preventive care," after observers had speculated that Trump visited the center for emergency treatment.

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