Anthem plans to launch a meal delivery service to curb readmissions, Advisory Board lines up everything you need to know about CMS' changes to Hospital Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payments in FY 2018, and more.
Maggie McNeill, a nurse at Ashe County Memorial Hospital in North Carolina, scaled a cliff in the middle of a storm to get to work and deliver two babies, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maine, New York, and North Carolina.
In the United States, corpses donated to science enter a largely unregulated market that allows practically anyone to dissect bodies and sell parts for profit, a Reuters investigation finds—and incidents have surfaced in which donated bodies were apparently dismembered by chainsaws, stored in unplugged freezers, and otherwise misused or abused.
The Congressional Budget Office finds a bipartisan bill to bolster the Affordable Care Act's exchanges would cut the federal deficit by $3.8 billion for 2018 to 2027 without substantially changing premium rates or the number of people without insurance in 2018.
In the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria concluded an emergency order to resume the cost-sharing reduction payments was not necessary because "most state regulators have devised responses that give millions of lower-income people better health coverage options than they would otherwise have had."
While "concierge medicine" is typically associated with private practices that work with the ultra-wealthy, a few not-for-profit hospitals—including the Mayo Clinic, Stanford Health Care, and Duke Health—are offering the service, Shelby Livingston reports for Modern Healthcare.
A ProPublica investigation finds the United States' current process for tracking maternal deaths is so "perennially short on funding and scientific attention" that the numbers generated are often deemed "incomplete and untrustworthy."
Making doctors aware of how frequently they prescribe antibiotics compared with their peers might be the most effective way to prevent unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in the long term, according to a study published in JAMA.
To deal with the nationwide nursing shortage, many already-cash-strapped hospitals are spending more on visiting nurses and retention incentives, such as student loan repayment programs and free housing, Jilian Mincer writes for Reuters.
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