Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a bill that will cap patient costs for insulin at $100 per month for those insured by commercial health plans regulated by the state, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
In recent weeks, hospitals across the country have been preparing to screen and treat patients for the new coronavirus that's been rapidly spreading throughout China and other countries. However, Betsy McCaughey, chair of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece questions whether the preparations will be enough to contain the virus in the United States.
As cases of the new coronavirus increase, social media posts with false information are also on the rise, demonstrating how social networks "quickly can become problematic echo chambers during health scares," Tony Romm reports for the Washington Post.
Preston Gorman spent 27 days at NIH fighting the Ebola virus and survived, but his battle didn't end when he went home: Gorman struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after his recovery, losing his family, job, and his "sense of security" in life, Lenny Bernstein reports for the Washington Post. Five years after his diagnosis, Gorman is opening up about his experience.
HHS last year proposed two rules aimed at bolstering patients' access to their electronic health information, and now, as the final rules' release date nears, a battle is underway between those in favor of the rule and those opposed.
The Supreme Court on Monday issued a 5-4 decision allowing the Trump administration to enforce its so-called "public charge" rule, meaning federal officials can consider whether immigrants are receiving or are likely to receive Medicaid or other public benefits when reviewing their residency applications.
In light of a new report based on more than 100 studies on pre-operative smoking interventions, the World Health Organization is urging hospitals and surgeons to increase their efforts to help smokers quit before they go under the knife.