December 4, 2017

Weekly review: 3 mandatory bundles canceled, a 4th scaled bath. Here's what you need to know.

Daily Briefing

    These behaviors may account for nearly 50% of cancer deaths (Monday, Nov. 27)
    Nearly half of all cancer deaths and more than 40% of cancer cases are attributable to potentially modifiable lifestyle factors, according to a study published last month by researchers at the American Cancer Society.

    Inside the lives of America's last iron lung patients (Tuesday, Nov. 28)
    Long after the polio vaccine stemmed the disease that once infected thousands of people, a handful of U.S. polio survivors still rely on decades-old iron lung machines to stay alive—and must overcome increasing obstacles to maintain the devices, Jennings Brown reports for Gizmodo. 

    1 ED, 7 hours, 200+ patients: Inside a hospital's response to the Las Vegas shooting (Wednesday, Nov. 29)
    Kevin Menes, an emergency physician at Sunrise Hospital, recounted to Emergency Physician Monthly how he helmed the hospital's effort to treat patients injured when a gunman opened fire on a country music concert in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, killing almost 60 people and injuring more than 500.

    3 mandatory bundles canceled, a 4th scaled back. Here's what you need to know. (Thursday, Nov. 30)
    On Thursday morning, CMS issued a final rule that canceled three mandatory bundled payment programs, significantly rolled back a fourth, and canceled a cardiac rehabilitation incentive payment model.

    Mandate no more? Senate has the votes to pass tax bill, McConnell says  (Friday, Dec. 1)
    The health care provisions in the bill—which has since passed—have faced widespread criticism from patient and provider groups.

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