Eleven Advisory Board experts share their favorite pieces of health care journalism from 2017—from Atul Gawande on the "heroism of incremental care" to the New York Times on the value of "millennial mentors."
The health care system is failing to respond to the opioid misuse crisis in a data-driven way, Darshak Sanghavi and colleagues at OptumLabs write in Health Affairs—and to help solve the problem, they proposed 29 claims-based measures to track the epidemic.
Lillian Havenga, who has wet macular degeneration, said her ophthalmologist, Yosef Gindzin, helped preserve her vision by coming to the office on his day off and carrying her to and from his office through the snow, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Michigan, and New Hampshire.
Overall, the number of new medical students in the United States is up by 1.5%, with total enrollment at 89,904 students, according to 2017 data released by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Wall Street analysts say Humana's agreement to purchase part of Kindred Healthcare does not put a close to speculation that Humana could be bought amid a recent wave of consolidation in the health care industry.
CDC's Robert Anderson explains that while the drop from 78.7 years to 78.6 may not seem like "a whole lot" for an individual, "when you're talking about it in terms of a population, you're talking about a significant number of potential lives that aren't being lived."
House Republicans' latest short-term spending bill would fund the federal government through Jan. 19, 2018, and includes stop-gap funding for CHIP, the Veterans Choice Program, and other health care initiatives.