Anthem recently announced that as of this summer, it will no longer cover ED visits in Georgia and Missouri for minor conditions that could "safely [be] treated in less acute facilities." A spokesperson described the move as "a way to make sure that people are getting quality and affordable care."
With the help of doctors from the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University, Kira the gorilla successfully delivered a baby boy last week, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
As bike riding becomes more popular, bike accident injuries are becoming more common, and those injuries are costing billions of dollars annually, according to a study published in Injury Prevention. Check out the Daily Briefing's chart.
Dozens of health care facilities reported cases of Legionnaires' disease in 2015, revealing the need for more facilities to implement effective water management systems to prevent such infections, according to CDC.
Private concierge services are rolling out all the stops for their highest-income patients—but some providers are raising concerns about growing health care inequality, Nelson Schwartz writes for the New York Times.
Deaths from drug overdoses likely exceeded 59,000 in 2016, marking the largest year-to-year increase recorded in the country—and making overdose-related deaths the leading cause of death among Americans younger than 50, according the New York Times. Check out the Daily Briefing's chart.