Doctors last Monday performed an embolization on Trump for a benign kidney condition, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C.
When author Jennifer Weiner was told she had breast cancer, she immediately "went into panic mode," but subsequent clarification on her diagnosis brought home growing concerns about early detection—and underscored the necessity of accepting ambiguity when science can't provide "Magic8-Ball-level absolutes."
Acting Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie on Thursday announced that the department has signed a contract with Cerner to overhaul its electronic health record (EHR) system, McClatchy DC/Kansas City Star reports.
CMS last week unveiled updated drug pricing dashboards that significantly expand the amount of data available Medicare and Medicaid drug spending and list prices. But according to Advisory Board's Jessica Liu, the move may not have as big of an impact as you'd think.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital in Houston was forced to revamp their ED to meet increased demand—but through four creative changes, the hospital actually managed to reduce patient wait times, cut ED boarding hours, and improve provider morale, Kimberly Chambers and colleagues write for Harvard Business Review.
NIH Director Francis Collins says, "This particular study was set up in such a way that the funding is largely coming from the beverage industry and there is evidence that NIH employees assisted in recruiting those funds for this study in a way that would violate our usual policies."
Michigan lawmakers are considering a proposal to implement Medicaid work requirements that would exempt beneficiaries who live in counties with high unemployment rates—but experts say the proposed exemption might not apply to some individuals who have difficulty finding jobs.