Hospital systems are increasingly investing in hospital-at-home programs, a previously niche offering that's become a significant trend amid the pandemic. But while the trend may be here to stay, hospital systems still must navigate a host of significant challenges to bring their investments to scale.
In 2019, Cory Dowd signed up for a short-term health plan to cover a gap in his insurance coverage. But after he received an appendectomy, he was left with $33,600 in medical bills—and his experience reveals limitations shared by many short-term insurance plans, Jenny Deam reports for ProPublica.
A new CDC report provides the agency's clearest accounting yet of how many Americans are developing so-called "breakthrough" coronavirus infections after being fully vaccinated—news that comes as the agency announced it will no longer track breakthrough cases that don't lead to hospitalization or death.
In a breakthrough study published in Nature Medicine, scientists were able to partially restore the vision of a blind man using a gene therapy called optogenetics—findings that offer hope for more effective treatments for blindness in the future.