5 conversations that changed our minds about health care

Advisory Board researchers speak with dozens of health care experts every week—and each conversation leads to at least some shift in how they think about the industry. But occasionally, they have a conversation that fundamentally changes the way they view things. Here are five of the most impactful.

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Color-coded buttons featuring "emojis" that reflect a range of sentiments could be an effective way to get real-time patient and provider satisfaction data, according to a study published last week in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Democratic debate round 3: Leading candidates still at odds over 'Medicare for All'

Democratic candidates vying for the 2020 presidential nomination sparred over health care in Thursday's primary debate.

Amid merger mania, this rural hospital kept its independence—by becoming a neurology hub

Despite warnings to join forces with a larger health system or face bankruptcy, Memorial Healthcare, a 161-bed rural hospital in Michigan, decided to stay independent—and it's since become a profitable "hub" for neurology, Jay Greene reports for Crain's Detroit Business.

Around the nation: New York county launches population health initiative

Erie County launched a population health initiative with over 40 partner agencies to improve health behaviors and promote lifelong health and wellness, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kentucky, New York, and Wyoming.

CRISPR shown to be safe to target HIV (but unsuccessful so far)

A patient with HIV/AIDS who received transplanted stem cells edited with CRISPR to have a mutation that blocks HIV is living without side effects, providing evidence that the gene-editing technology can safely target HIV, according to a case study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

For-profit dialysis center patients less likely to receive a transplant, study finds

Patients with renal failure who get dialysis at for-profit dialysis centers are less likely to receive a kidney transplant than patients who get dialysis at nonprofit centers, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, but the researchers said this doesn't mean for-profit centers are purposefully skimping on transplants.

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