Activists on Friday placed an 800-pound heroin spoon with FDA's logo on it in front of HHS' main office to protest the agency's handling of the opioid epidemic, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, Texas, and Virginia.
Hospitals across the country are hosting "honor walks" to recognize dying patients whose organs will be donated to save other lives—a ritual that recently was adapted for an episode of "Grey's Anatomy," Tim Lahey, the director of clinical ethics at the University of Vermont Medical Center, writes for the New York Times' "Well."
HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration last week opened its ceiling-price verification website for 340B drugs to all 340B providers—a move that will allow hospitals to determine whether drugmakers are overcharging them for drugs.
Fast Company has released its 2019 edition of "the World's Most Innovative Companies" list, which recognizes dozens of health care organizations—including health systems, pharmaceutical companies, and biotech innovators. See which organizations made the list.
A 16-year-old boy suffering from chills, sweats, aching, and lethargy found himself in EDs around the world over the course of a summer's travels, but he could never get a diagnosis—until his mom offered an unusual suggestion, Lisa Sanders writes for the New York Times Magazine.
Charlie was a homeless resident in Clearlake, California, who in just one year racked up 25 hospital visits and 16 emergency transports. He also was the first patient to join Project Restoration—an initiative that helped Charlie recover, reduced his hospital use, and ultimately saved the health system money, Laura Hardin and Shelly Trumbo write for STAT News.
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