Heather Szymaszek, who donated her kidney, didn't know the recipient, Jason Reyes, well when she volunteered her organ, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Indiana, and Utah.
Patrick Conway, who previously led the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, says despite the Trump administration's decision to move away from former President Barack Obama's administration's goal of tying 50% of Medicare payments to alternative payment models by 2018, he expects federal officials to continue to move the industry toward value-based payment programs.
If you've followed Medicare's latest changes to provider payments, you know that news coverage tends to devolve into alphabet soup: "CMS in November 2018 released a final rule for MACRA's QPP in 2019, with details on the MIPS and Advanced APM tracks." Confused? Don't worry—here's the Daily Briefing's rundown of what you need to know.
Research has found that friendship is vital to a person's physical and emotional health, but it's easy to let relationships fade, Anna Goldfarb writes for the New York Times. Here's how to keep them going strong, according to experts.
To help patients keep their appointments, Elmont Teaching Health Center implemented four interventions—and cut patient no-shows by 34%, according to a study in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
The Nurse Licensure Compact allows RNs to practice across state lines without a separate license, which proponents say helps address the nursing shortage, but opponents worry about maintaining standards of care, Anna Gorman writes for Kaiser Health News.
The study finds the share of U.S. national medical expenditures dedicated to treating obesity-rated illness in adults increased by 29% from 6.13% in 2001 to 7.91% in 2015—but spending levels varied by state.