Our take: Trump order calls on hospitals to release 'secret' prices

President Trump signed an executive order on Monday calling on all hospitals to disclose the 'secret' negotiated rates they set with insurers and provide patients with personalized estimate for their out-of-pocket obligations. Advisory Board's Yulan Egan and Robin Brand explain three key things you should know about the order—and how your hospital can best respond.

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Will your cellphone really make you grow 'head horns'? Here's the science behind the viral news story.

The media last week caught wind of a series of studies that suggested cellphones were causing young people to grow hornlike bone spurs from the back of their skull, but experts caution that the study's findings have been overhyped.

Employer health costs are on the rise again—leading some to reimagine their approach to care

Employer health care costs are expected to reach a four-year high in 2020, in part due to rising prescription drug prices—and that is prompting many employers to re-think their approach to health insurance, according to a PwC Health Research Institute report.

After 60 years of progress, more middle-aged Americans are dying of heart disease. What's going wrong?

The United States over the past century saw a 70% decline in deaths from heart attacks and strokes, but progress has stalled in recent years, and heart attack deaths are actually rising among middle-aged U.S. residents.

Around the nation: UnitedHealth Group buys PatientsLikeMe

The Trump administration had demanded that PatientsLikeMe—an online service that helps patients find other people who share their health conditions—find a buyer due to growing trade tensions with China, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Massachusetts, and Mississippi.

Centene, WellCare merger just cleared a 'big milestone'

Shareholders of Centene and WellCare Health Plans on Monday approved the proposed merger, which if it receives regulatory approval to advance, would have a combined revenue of about $97 billion in 2019 on a pro forma basis and 22 million members nationwide.

The longest flu season in a decade, charted

This year's influenza season lasted 21 weeks, making it the longest flu season in a decade, according to CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released Friday.

'Sir, these are female hormones': What it's like to go to the doctor when you're transgender

Transgender patients "still struggle to find competent basic care, much less trans-specific care," and the Trump administration's recent proposed rule threatens to return the trans community to a health care environment that can deny them care, Katelyn Burns, a freelance journalist who is transgender, writes for Vox.