Doctors checked out the 300-pound gorilla, named Little Joe, after officials at Franklin Park Zoo feared he could be developing heart disease, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Indiana, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) late Monday announced the Senate will no longer pursue its bill to replace the Affordable Care Act—and an alternative approach, to repeal the ACA immediately with plans to pass a replacement later, now appears dead on arrival.
To keep up with an increasingly complex and consumer-driven health care market, health systems are adding non-traditional C-suite positions—and "creating a new picture of just what a hospital administration looks like," Jeff Lagasse writes for Healthcare Finance News.
The Government Accountability Office report states, "Some hospitals with high efficiency scores received bonuses, despite having relatively low quality scores, which contradicts CMS' stated intention to reward hospitals providing high-quality care at a lower cost."
The House Budget Committee's fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, which serves as a 10-year budget blueprint, calls for transitioning Medicare to a premium support model that has long been championed by top Republican policymakers.
NASA's experience using telemedicine to treat astronauts on the International Space Station can help improve care in "resource-constrained environments" back on Earth, Anil Menon, an Air Force and NASA flight surgeon, and colleagues write for the Harvard Business Review.
Vitamin D deficiency has become a much-diagnosed condition in recent years, but very few Americans are actually vitamin D deficient—and there's no strong evidence suggesting that screening or supplements are helpful for asymptomatic adults, Julia Belluz reports for Vox.
CDC researchers say if potential associations between job status and increased neurodegenerative disease mortality are accurate, "the burdens of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson's [disease] mortality could also increase in the future."