This patient's surgery was fully covered by his insurance. So how did he wind up with an $11,000 bill?

In 2018, 63-year-old Tom Saputo underwent a life-saving double lung transplant, but while the operation was fully covered, the episode left him with an unexpected $11,524.79 bill, Anna Almendrala reports for Kaiser Health News. Here's what happened.

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UCSF banned soda on campus 4 years ago. Did it work?

Across the country, employers are considering banning soda as a way to improve employees' health—and a new study from the University of California, San Francisco suggests the bans may be effective.

What Americans are stressed about, charted

Americans are citing health care, mass shootings, and the presidential election as significant sources of stress, according to the American Psychological Association's "Stress in America" survey released last week.

Another appeals court upholds CMS' controversial 2017 DSH payment rule

A second federal appeals court last week reversed a lower court's ruling and upheld a 2017 rule that changed how CMS calculates Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments to ensure providers are not doubly compensated for care costs covered by third-party insurers.

Around the nation: DEA sues Colorado officials over patient prescription drug data

The Drug Enforcement Administration says it needs the data to investigate two Colorado pharmacies that may have broken the law when dispensing opioids and other medications, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Idaho, and New York.

Hospital acquired conditions are declining—so why are pressure injuries on the rise?

The rate of hospital-acquired pressure injuries has continued to rise while other hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have fallen, prompting some providers to question whether federal regulators are taking the right approach to reduce incidence rates, Maria Castellucci reports for Modern Healthcare.

The 10 health care tweets that caught our eye this week

Featuring tweets on whether patients use their EHRs, how hospital practices are affecting health care prices, and more.

Total federal exchange signups down by 20% from last year, CMS data shows

CMS on Wednesday announced 754,967 individuals signed up for federal exchange plans during the second week of the Affordable Care Act's current open enrollment period, bringing total federal exchange plan signups to 932,049 so far.