Rachel Levine, the state's secretary of health, on Friday said she is "deeply concerned about the state and security of the building," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania.
After Arline Feilen's husband, father, and mother died within a few years of each other, Feilen found herself so grief-stricken that a friend sent her to the ED out of concern for her safety—and because Feilen's health insurance didn't cover mental health services, she was left with a $21,634.55 bill, Laura Ungar reports for NPR's "Shots."
Living donors continue to be rare in the United States, but there's a more exclusive population of donors who take on great risk for the reward of helping a family member, or even a stranger, Sumathi Reddy reports for the Wall Street Journal.
An E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce infected 23 people between July and September of this year—but while CDC and FDA learned the source of the outbreak in early October, FDA just announced the outbreak publicly for the first time last week.
The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) recently issued a report recommending pediatricians help "school-aged children who are not progressing academically," saying poor academic performance should be addressed like other complex pediatric problems, Peri Klass, a pediatrician, writes for the New York Times.
An old pricing model called quality-adjusted life years, or QALYs, puts a dollar value on the benefits a drug can have for a patient—and Harvard Medical School's Institute for Clinical and Economic Review is increasingly using the model to nudge drugmakers into lowering prices, Denise Roland reports for the Wall Street Journal.