A new report identifies common traits among ACOs, Advisory Board lines up everything you need to know about CMS' changes to hospital outpatient and ambulatory surgical center payments for 2018, and more.
Anna Konopka, an 84-year-old MD in New Hampshire, has appealed the decision, which bars her from regaining her medical license, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kansas, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
During a confirmation hearing, Alex Azar, President Trump's nominee for HHS secretary, said he would focus on moving Medicare away from fee-for-service payments and toward a value-based payment structure, lowering prescription drug prices, addressing the opioid misuse epidemic, and increasing access to health care.
Provider groups—including the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and AMGA—in comments expressed support for CMS' Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, but argued new alternative payment models should be transparent and adequately pay providers.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Robert Patterson unveil three new initiatives to combat the United States' opioid misuse epidemic, including creating a new DEA field office in Louisville, Kentucky.
To improve patients' primary care, Midwest Regional Health Services in Nebraska adopted a patient-centered medical home model—leading to dramatic improvements in preventive care outcomes, as well as an embrace of unconventional patient perks such as in-office manicures.
Many applications claim to improve sleep by filtering out blue light emitted by computers, tablets, and phones—but absent definitive research, two sleep experts expressed sharply different opinions about whether the apps are worthwhile, Jon Hamilton writes for NPR's "Shots."