For more than a year, Vox reporter Sarah Kliff read 1,182 ED bills as part of a high-profile, sometimes-controversial effort to examine ED prices. Now, she has five key takeaways on why ED bills are often so high—and so confusing.
It's no secret that smartphone apps track users' locations and sell the data to advertisers. Increasingly, however, the data reveal so much detail that it's easy to identify "whether you've visited a psychiatrist, whether you went to an A.A. meeting, and who you might date," as one lawmaker warned—and now some advertisers are using this sensitive data to target hospital patients.
When officials at Monash Health in Australia discovered they had systematically failed to spot "underlying traumas" in mental health patients, they launched an effort to foster provider-patient trust—and saw big gains in patient satisfaction and patient outcomes, Melissa Casey and colleagues write for Harvard Business Review.
CMS says the number of U.S. residents who signed up for federal exchange plans reached about 8.5 million this year, down by about 4% from the approximately 8.8 million who signed up during last year's open enrollment period.
Veterans Affairs (VA) four years ago launched the VA Choice Program to expand veterans' access to private health care providers and cut down appointment wait times, but VA claims data show veterans continue to experience long wait times, a ProPublica/PolitiFact investigation finds.
Yoga and meditation are now the most popular alternative health approaches used in the United States, according to a report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Eliza Barclay and Julia Belluz write for Vox.