CMS on Monday announced a proposal to cover acupuncture for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic low-back pain who are enrolled in NIH-sponsored or CMS-approved clinical trials that are evaluating acupuncture as an alternative treatment to opioids.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hopes the new law will "stop cigarettes and e-cigarettes from getting into the hands of young people in the first place," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from the District of Columbia, New York, and Washington.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Monday announced that he plans to introduce legislation to establish a federal fund to help local governments buy for-profit hospitals at risk of closing.
People who reduced their caloric intake by an average of 300 calories for two years experienced significant health benefits—above and beyond what would be expected from the resulting weight loss, according to a first-of-its kind study published in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee's legislative package to address out-of-network "surprise" medical bills would reduce average national provider payment rates by as much as 20%—with much of the effect due to a reduction in in-network payment rates, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Tuesday.
Some hospitals are deploying "secret shoppers" to get a better understanding of patient experience in their facilities, and sometimes the findings can be eye-opening, Tim Lahey, a physician whose hospital used secret shoppers, writes for the New York Times' "Well."
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