HHS Secretary Alex Azar has named James Parker, former CEO of MDWise, to head the HHS Office of Health Reform, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Kansas, and Indiana.
A federal judge last week granted health insurers class-action status in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's decision to stop paying insurers cost-sharing reductions (CSRs)—a decision that one expert says "suggests that the federal government [could] be liable for tens of billions of dollars in damages."
FDA in an alert warns health care providers and facilities about the risk of cross-contamination when using endoscope connectors that are "labeled for use with multiple patients over the course of 24 hours without reprocessing" for gastrointestinal endoscopy.
An FDA advisory panel is recommending that the agency approve an epilepsy treatment derived from cannabis which, if approved, would be the first marijuana-based drug allowed for sale in the United States.
Research has consistently shown having friends is associated with good health and well-being, but a recent study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships shows it can take many hours together to foster a close friendship.
Behavioral nudges are more effective than education campaigns at improving vaccination rates, according to a recent review of hundreds of studies published in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest.