Anthem in a statement said its "avoidable [ED] program aims to reduce the trend in recent years of inappropriate use of [EDs] for non-emergencies. We recognize, however, that there are ways to further improve and enhance the program."
The maternity ward at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh is celebrating the Olympics by dressing babies in little caps and blankets with stars and stripes to support Team USA, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Alaska, Georgia, and Pennsylvania.
Asking patients about their bucket list—the things they'd like to accomplish before dying—can serve as an effective, compassionate way to initiate conversations about end-of-life care, according to a study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
New research suggests heart stents might not be any better than a placebo for most stable patients with severe coronary disease, and patients should be aware of this when they agree to having a stent placed, Aaron Carroll writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."
A survey by the New York Times' "The Upshot" finds experts on the opioid misuse epidemic generally believe that an effective response would fund four areas—treatment, harm reduction, supply-focused solutions, and demand-focused solutions—though experts are divided on specific funding allocations.
HHS' newly proposed rule would allow insurers to sell short-term health plans that are valid for up to 12 months—a move that some experts say could have negative consequences for the individual health insurance market.