Our take: How CMS will change physician payment in 2020

CMS on Friday issued a final rule to update the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Quality Payment Program (QPP) for calendar year 2020, which includes policies to shift QPP's Merit-based Incentive Payment System to a new conceptual framework and update evaluation and management visit payment rates.

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The ingenious way a doctor freed this boy's tongue from a bottle

When a seven-year-old boy from Germany went to the hospital with his tongue stuck in a bottle, a doctor relied on his wine bottle opening skills to help the boy out, according to a case study published Thursday in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology.

Trump will nominate MD Anderson CMO to lead FDA

President Trump on Friday announced that he intends to nominate Stephen Hahn, CMO of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, to serve as FDA commissioner—and Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at HHS, has replaced Ned Sharpless as FDA's acting commissioner until Hahn is confirmed.

How Warren would pay for 'Medicare for All'

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, on Friday unveiled how she would pay for a so-called "Medicare-for-All" plan without raising taxes on middle-income U.S. residents.

Around the nation: Insurers could lose millions with new Texas Medicaid contract

Some major health insurers, including Anthem, Cigna, and Molina Healthcare, could lose millions in premium revenue with the new contracts, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Indiana, Texas, and West Virginia.

Why UPMC is opening 5 hospitals in China

UPMC in a partnership with Beijing-based Wanda Group on Monday broke ground on one of five private hospitals that the health system will open in China, marking the beginning of what UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff said will be "the largest presence of American-style medicine outside the United States."

As vaping-linked illnesses exceed 1,800, medical groups are calling for action

A coalition of medical groups are calling on Congress and the Trump administration to more closely regulate tobacco and e-cigarette companies as the number of vaping-linked illnesses exceed 1,800.

Weekly review: Hospitals dress up NICU babies for Halloween (and yes, we have pictures)

What happens during an inflight medical emergency, Marc Harrison's five principles for successful value-based care, and more.