December 10, 2018

Weekly review: The doctor dismissed an anxious patient's ear problem. Then, an inch-long silverfish came out.

Daily Briefing

    The doctor dismissed an anxious patient's ear problem. Then, an inch-long silverfish came out. (Monday, Dec. 3)
    In Oprah Magazine, Gila Lyons recalls the difficulties she faced when she brought concerns about a strange feeling in her ear to her doctor. The doctor dismissed her—but the problem turned out to be an inch-long bug. Lyons says her experience can help show other patients how they can overcome potential bias from providers.

    'We are losing too many Americans': The decline in US life expectancy, in 4 charts (Tuesday, Dec. 4)
    The United States is in the longest period of life expectancy decline since the 1910s.

    Map: The 2,800 hospitals facing VBP penalties (or bonuses) in 2019 (Wednesday, Dec. 5)
    CMS says more than 1,500 U.S. hospitals will receive bonus payments in fiscal year 2019 under Medicare's Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program. Advisory Board's Eric Fontana and Cameron Ferrey explain three key takeaways from this year's results.

    The 118 best hospitals, according to Leapfrog (Thursday, Dec. 6)
    The Leapfrog Group on Tuesday released its 2018 Top Hospitals list, recognizing 118 hospitals for excellence in hospital quality, patient safety, and efficiency.

    Why you need a bedtime (no matter how old you are) (Friday, Dec. 7)
    A regular sleep schedule is associated with lower weight, lower blood sugar levels, and a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes—findings that affirm that sleep regularity has a greater influence on health than sleep duration and timing, according to an ongoing study in Scientific Reports.

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