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Gilbert Saldana, 22, still has a couple of months before he graduates from Georgetown University, but anxiety about his future is already keeping him up at night. “I’m almost in the job world, and it really weighs down on me,” said the...
During the 20th century, America’s commitment to preventive health efforts such as water purification and vaccinations all but eradicated many deadly illnesses and, in the process, extended the average life expectancy by three decades,...
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have become a major payment and delivery reform since they were introduced as a key component of the Affordable Care Act. Currently, there are more than 1,000 ACOs covering about 33 million lives...
Half of the 181 graduating medical students from LSU Health New Orleans who participated in Match Day this year will remain in Louisiana to finish their training. The National Resident Match Program is a pivotal day in a medical student’s...
UnitedHealth Group Inc. said it would significantly expand a change to how it handles rebates from drugmakers by requiring new employer clients to pass them on to people who take the medications. The move will apply to employers that sign...
If people in this polarized nation can agree on one thing, it is that prescription drug prices are too high, and that the federal government should do something about it. But it seems unlikely that Congress or the administration will do...
On February 11, 2019, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released two highly anticipated rules focused on increasing patient access to their own...
The 1989 Stark Law penalizing physicians and hospitals for making medical decisions for patients based on their financial self-interest has few remaining fans. Even its author, former California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, has called for...
MedPAC’s March 2019 Public Meeting  Medicare's role in the supply of primary care physicians (Ariel Winter, MPP)  MedPAC, or the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, is an independent congressional agency established by the Balanced...
Digital technologies are profoundly altering the way industries deliver services to consumers. Ride-sharing companies have upended traditional taxis, online shopping has displaced many brick-and-mortar stores, and smartphones enable people...
There’s no doubt that surgically implanted medical devices can improve lives. Hip and knee replacements can help people regain their mobility. Drug pumps can deliver doses of pain-relieving medicine on demand. And metal rods can stabilize...
Women in the United States face a far greater risk of dying from childbirth complications than in many other wealthy countries. Now the federal government has taken a step toward addressing the problem with the Preventing Maternal Deaths...
Consumerism has been defined in a variety of ways, both positive and negative, and its origins, at least in the United States, trace back nearly a century. The concept of consumerism in health care is more recent, with references to...
In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with...
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at stemming a persistently high number of veteran suicides, urging expanded outreach by awarding grants to community programs. The order creates a Cabinet-level task force...
Today, more than ever, people are actively engaged in their health care decisions. While technology makes more information available to everyone, more is not always better, and misinformation can be particularly problematic in health care...
LAW & REGULATION Stark law changes to open up value-based model participation, Verma says. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency's update to the Stark law will include clarifying noncompliance for doctors.
Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest maker of health care products, wants to prevent people from getting sick — or at least stop diseases before they cause harm. Its “World Without Disease” initiative and related projects aim to...
March 1, 2019 The Honorable Lamar Alexander Chairman Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Patty Murray Ranking Member Committee on Health, Education,...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized changes to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), its primary accountable care organization (ACO) program and most significant approach to constraining ballooning...

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