Your 'anonymous' health data aren't as safe as you think

A paper published recently in Nature Communications shared code that can identify nearly 100% of Americans from practically any available dataset with as few as 15 attributes—a step that means it's becoming "increasingly unrealistic to ensure absolute anonymity," writes Advisory Board's Andrew Rebhan. He outlines how providers should best respond.

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Trump unveils plan to import foreign drugs. Will it actually lower prices?

HHS and FDA on Wednesday unveiled two potential pathways that entities in the United States could use to safely import drugs from other countries, where they are typically sold at lower prices. Advisory Board's Brandi Greenberg and Regina Lohr explain why they're skeptical the move will have much impact beyond "political theater."

Why 'finger-wagging' at patients doesn't work (and what doctors should do instead)

Realizing that patients rarely change unhealthy behaviors in response to direct advice, clinicians are shifting to a new clinical approach that encourages "exploring, guiding, and choosing, rather than directing," physician Perri Klass writes for the New York Times.

CMS finalizes 2020 payment rules for SNFs, hospices, inpatient rehab, psych facilities

CMS this week released rules finalizing Medicare payment adjustments for skilled nursing facilities, hospices, and inpatient rehabilitation and psychiatric facilities for fiscal year 2020.

Around the nation: Florida has seen more than 2,000 hepatitis A cases this year

Of the 2,034 reported cases, 686 have been reported in two counties alone, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Florida, and Kentucky.

How this 47-year-old car mechanic just became a doctor

Carl Allamby was a car mechanic for over 20 years, but after taking a class at a local community college, he discovered his love for medicine. Now, at the age of 47, he's become a doctor, inspired in part by a desire to address the shortage of black physicians, Michael McIntyre writes for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

A federal judge just struck down Medicaid work requirements. (Again.)

A federal judge on Monday blocked New Hampshire's Medicaid work requirements, noting that the measure would cause about 17,000 people to lose health care coverage.

Weekend reads: More seniors are binge drinking, study finds

Have a beard? Little kids probably don't like it, study finds; doctors remove 526 teeth from jaw of boy in India; and much more.