What it's like to get 'devastating' health news from 23andMe

Like millions of others, journalist Dorothy Pomerantz decided to have her DNA analyzed by 23andMe, but she "was devastated" when her results showed a significantly increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Pomerantz in a STAT News opinion piece reflects on what it was like to receive the life-altering news via email instead of from a counselor.

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Advisory Board Insight

Medicare is expanding CAR T-cell therapy coverage nationwide. (But some providers aren't happy.)

CMS on Wednesday announced that Medicare will cover FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies nationwide at health care facilities that meet certain requirements, but the agency did not create a new payment code for the treatments. Advisory Board's Deirdre Saulet explains what these decisions mean for providers.

Older patients are increasingly undergoing risky surgeries. How can hospitals keep them safe?

The American College of Surgeons recently rolled out new standards for hospitals that aim to improve surgical outcomes for older patients who increasingly are undergoing complex surgeries that in the past may have been considered too dangerous for this patient population, Paula Span reports for the New York Times.

The 10 health care tweets that caught our eye this week

With so many health care providers, thought leaders, journalists, and policymakers active on Twitter, it's easy to miss tweets that are informative, provocative, or entertaining. Here are 10 health care tweets that caught our eyes this week.

Around the nation: Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance is teaming up with Amazon on machine learning

The goal is to create advancements in cancer diagnostics, precision medicine, voice-enabled technologies, and medical imaging, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania.

The 4 secrets to saying 'no' at work successfully

Writing for Harvard Business Review, Joseph Grenny, a social scientist for business performance, offers four ways you can say "no" at work—and reduce disappointment among your colleagues when you say it.

Short-term health plans pay out only 39% of premiums on care, report finds

The top five short-term health plan insurers in 2018 spent only about 39% of premium dollars on medical care, well below the Affordable Care Act's medical loss ratio threshold, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' (NAIC) 2018 Accident and Health Policy Report published last week.

Weekend reads: Why do Major League Baseball players live so long?

Baseball players outlive the average male by 24%, study finds; fans helped a TV star learn she had an enlarged thyroid; and more.