Amazon wants to expand its medical supplies business and offer health systems a new, simplified purchasing model—but first, the company must convince hospitals to try out the new system, Melanie Evans and Laura Stevens write for the Wall Street Journal.
Industry stakeholders are praising a telemedicine bill included in Congress' recently enacted spending package, saying the measure will improve access to telemedicine services for Medicare beneficiaries, Rachel Arndt writes for Modern Healthcare.
Medical schools heavily weigh standardized test scores and general intelligence in their admissions process, but in doing so they have "underemphasized—if not totally ignored—emotional intelligence," which is a key factor to becoming a good and caring physician, Ezekiel Emanuel and Emily Gudbranson argue in a JAMA viewpoint.
Although a new JAMA study suggests that up to 5% of children nationwide might have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, Susan Astley, director of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network at the University of Washington, says the study's limitations "render the results, for the most part, uninterpretable."
Health care policy wonks are professing their love with "#HealthPolicyValentines," a social media tradition that's been going strong since 2012. We've gathered the best Twitter has to offer—from "Will you be my qualifying life event?" to "Much like payments for certain episodes of care, you and I are best when bundled together."
The American Association of Physician Assistants is praising a provision included in a two-year spending package recently signed into law that, beginning in 2019, will allow physician assistants (PAs) to provide and manage hospice care for certain Medicare beneficiaries, saying the change "will empower PAs to offer continuity of care at a time when patients and their families are most vulnerable."
Walgreens Boots Alliance is in tentative talks to take over the portion of AmerisourceBergen it does not already own, sources close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal, adding to a trend in which pharmacies have pursued acquisitions to protect their businesses from external threats such as Amazon.
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