The child was treated for the bubonic plague and is back home and "doing well,", according to a spokesperson for the Central District Health Department in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and Idaho.
Experts say the federal judge's approval of a merger between AT&T and Time Warner could mean DOJ will be less likely to successfully challenge the proposed merger between Aetna and CVS Health, as well as the proposed merger between Cigna and Express Scripts.
CMS has been miscalculating hospitals' overall star ratings for about two years, according to an analysis conducted by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Maria Castellucci reports for Modern Healthcare—possibly explaining why CMS earlier this week announced it would delay its scheduled July ratings update.
Miguel Martínez-González of the University of Navarra, who authored the study, said, "After all this long work, I am more convinced than ever" by the results of the landmark study on the Mediterranean diet.
Data largely suggest that efforts to curb hospital readmission rates under the Affordable Care Act are succeeding, but those declines all but disappear when observation stays are factored in to the equation, new research finds. Advisory Board's Megan Tooley and Julie Bass explain that, among cardiovascular patients, overuse of observation stays is common—but there are ways to streamline protocols to minimize their use.