How much does your 'free' flu shot actually cost?

While the flu shot is free for insured patients, this common health care service provides "a prime example" of how opaque health care pricing can cost patients in the long run, Phil Galewitz reports for Kaiser Health News.

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Is there a MacGyver onboard? When a patient started hemorrhaging midflight, this doc and NP had to get creative.

In an ED, a gushing nosebleed like the one Jay Wellons, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, encountered midflight would be treated with special glue and a microcatheter. Writing for the New York Times, Wellons describes how he and a nurse practitioner managed to "essentially" stop the hemorrhaging with everyday items.

Inside Colorado's final proposal for a state public option

Colorado officials on Friday released their final proposal for a state public health insurance option, but the Colorado Hospital Association is raising concerns.

Why CMS' proposed star ratings changes might not help patients

Members of a CMS advisory panel are worried that potential long-term changes to CMS' star ratings methodology won't actually help patients make informed decisions about where to go for care, Michael Brady reports for Modern Healthcare.

Around the nation: Kaiser Permanente to name medical school after Bernard Tyson

Interim Chair and CEO Gregory Adams said the late Bernard Tyson "spent his entire career focused on ensuring greater access to affordable, high-quality health care for all, and I know the school that now bears his name will help carry this legacy into the future," in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

Our take: Janssen just launched its first entirely digital clinical trial

Johnson & Johnson's Janssen pharmaceutical subsidiary will launch the company's first solely digital trial, testing the use of its diabetes drug Invokana to treat a heart condition—and the move could have three major implications, write Advisory Board's Brandi Greenberg and Pam Divack.

Trump's FDA nominee faces questions on drug prices, e-cigarettes, and more

Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, on Wednesday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more.

Nursing Home Compare now warns consumers about abuse violations

CMS on its Nursing Home Compare website has begun indicating when nursing homes have been cited for abuse violations, and while the move has been applauded by consumer advocates, some in the nursing home industry say the alerts are misleading.