The patient's guide to choosing (or firing) a doctor, according to NPR

Having a primary care doctor is important, but searching for one can be a daunting task, Mara Gordon, a physician, writes for NPR's "Shots." Here's how Gordon advises patients to start the search, and what she says they should be looking for.

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11 must-read books for the summer, according to Advisory Board experts

Escape the summer heat with one of these suggestions from Advisory Board's experts. We've got 11 recommendations for what you should read now to learn from the past, develop empathy, and prepare for the technologies of the future.

'Handout' or 'human right'? Inside the debate over covering undocumented immigrants.

While some argue that extending health coverage to undocumented immigrants satisfies a human right to access health care, others categorize it as a handout and say government resources should be used to help U.S. citizens. Daily Briefing's Ashley Fuoco Antonelli recaps a recent development in the debate and what to expect on this front going forward.

What you need to know about CMS' 346-page home health rule

CMS on Thursday released a proposed rule to update certain Medicare payment regulations under the Home Health Prospective Payment System and increase payments for home health agencies by 1.3%.

Around the nation: Man dies from flesh-eating condition after swimming in Florida

The man was infected with vibrio vulnificus, a bacteria that can cause the flesh-eating phenomenon called necrotizing fasciitis, and his immune system was weakened from cancer, his daughter said, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Why it's getting so much harder to treat UTIs

Evidence shows that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are becoming increasingly resistant to the routine course of antibiotics, leading to more serious illnesses, increased hospitalizations, and "prolonged discomfort" for patients, Matt Richtel reports for the New York Times.

How WakeMed reduced heart surgery readmission rates by 30%

WakeMed Health & Hospitals "pioneered" the use of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) for heart surgery with dramatic results: ICU stays and readmissions fell, and the system estimates it has achieved significant cost savings, Maria Castellucci reports for Modern Healthcare.

House panel advances bill to address 'surprise' medical bills—but will it go any farther?

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bill to address so-called "surprise" medical bills by setting a benchmark payment rate for out-of-network services.