Map: See the 2,583 hospitals that face readmission penalties this year

Medicare on Tuesday began the latest payment adjustments to hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, and a Kaiser Health News analysis shows more than 2,500 hospitals will face penalties for fiscal year 2020. View our map to see how your hospital fared.

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Walmart will pay employees to see higher-quality doctors

Walmart on Thursday announced that starting next year, it will test a program in certain markets that will financially incentivize employees to use doctors the company has determined are higher-quality than other doctors in the area.

Trump issues executive order to expand private Medicare plans

President Trump on Thursday issued an executive order that aims to expand private Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, more closely align Medicare fee-for-service payments with MA and commercial plans, and implement other Medicare reforms.

Weekend reads: It might be time for Americans to end their 'uneasy relationship' with kale

How men's drinking behavior affects the health of their children, how overtraining can harm athletes' brains, and more

Retailers pull popular heartburn drugs after FDA finds cancer-causing chemical

FDA this week announced that it has found "unacceptable levels" of the cancer-causing chemical it has detected in ranitidine drugs used to treat heartburn, including the common brand-name drug Zantac.

She's a researcher on one of the biggest Alzheimer's studies. Now, her husband is a participant.

Dorene Rentz, a neurology professor at Harvard Medical School, has studied Alzheimer's disease for over 30 years, and now, her husband has joined one of her biggest studies as a participant, Sumathi Reddy reports for the Wall Street Journal.

Vaping lung illness damage resembles chemical burns, Mayo researchers say

CDC on Thursday reported the number of lung illness cases linked with e-cigarettes jumped to 1,080, as new research emerged that showed some patients sickened with the illness have shown airway and lung damage resembling a chemical burn.

Federal judge OKs nation's first 'safe injection' site

A federal judge this week ruled that a Philadelphia nonprofit can open a medically supervised injection site under U.S. law, an unprecedented ruling that could open the door for other cities to pursue so-called "safe-injection" sites to combat the opioid epidemic.

Around the nation: Doctor gets 40 years in prison for prescribing 500K+ opioid doses

Joel Smithers, a family practice doctor who operated in Martinsville, Virginia, on Wednesday received a 40-year prison sentence after he was convicted of 861 federal drug charges, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, New Hampshire, and Virginia.