Maine lawmakers raised the minimum age to purchase cigarettes in the state from 18 to 21 by overriding Gov. Paul LePage's (R) veto of the measure, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maine, Nevada, and South Carolina.
President Trump has repeatedly threatened to halt payments that reimburse insurers for reducing out-of-pocket costs for low-income enrollees on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges. Here's what you need to know—and what would happen if he follows through on the threat.
Medicare under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program will reduce reimbursement for 2,573 hospitals for fiscal year 2018, according CMS data released Wednesday, Jordan Rau reports for Kaiser Health News.
Physicians must pay substantial costs to meet maintenance of certification requirements, and the organizations overseeing the process appear to be profiting from those payments, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.
The convictions are not related to Turing Pharmaceuticals' 5,000 percent price hike for Daraprim—a decades old drug used to treat malaria, AIDS, and toxoplasmosis, a life-threatening parasitic infection—for which the company received widespread condemnation.
Mary Austin, a pediatric surgeon at Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, counsels expectant parents on the risks and benefits of an in utero surgery that can treat spina bifida—and she usually doesn't mention that she has the condition herself, Charlotte Huff reports for STAT News.
Voice-activated virtual assistants are gaining traction among consumers, and hospitals and health care systems are taking note—and trying to navigate laws written at a time when tools such as Alexa and Siri were just science fiction, Modern Healthcare's Rachel Arndt reports.