Kaiser Permanente had originally closed down the hospital on Oct. 9 because of the proximity of wildfires in the area, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Indiana, and Kansas.
A CDC data brief shows the prevalence of high total cholesterol among U.S. adults ages 20 and older fell from 18.3 percent in 1999-2000 to 12.4 percent in 2015-2016—but experts are at a loss to explain the decline.
A hybrid closed-loop insulin delivery system—hailed as the world's first artificial pancreas—topped the list of Cleveland Clinic's 10 innovations to watch in 2018, with telehealth innovations, targeted cancer therapies, and scalp cooling during chemotherapy also making the list.
Michael Munger, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, says the initiative "comes at a critical time for our health care system," as the "volume of administrative and regulatory functions required of physicians is compounded by the lack of harmonization in these functions across payers."
The hospital launched an Enhanced Recovery Program to adjust pre- and post-surgery practices, and patients report that they are still able to successfully manage their pain, Katie O'Connor writes for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
CMS in the 365-page rule proposes an array of changes to the individual market and the Small Business Health Options Program for 2019, including giving states additional flexibility to define essential health benefits, allowing states to ease the ACA's medical-loss ratio requirements, and expanding the types of organizations that could serve as navigators to help consumers enroll in exchange coverage.
Following backlash over a nursing textbook that included stereotyped descriptions of how different racial, ethnic, and religious groups supposedly respond to pain, textbook publisher Pearson Education has apologized and vowed to recall all copies of the book.
An undocumented ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy faces deportation after Customs and Border Patrol agents identified her at a checkpoint on her way to receive emergency gallbladder surgery in Texas.