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More major companies continue to jump on the problem of healthcare affordability, with the latest pilot launched by Sam’s Club, a membership-only warehouse retailer owned by Walmart.

CMS has issued a final rule to reduce paperwork burdens for hospitals and other healthcare providers through its Omnibus Burden Reduction.

The number of lung injuries resulting from e-cigarette use, or vaping, has risen to 805, while the number of reported deaths has climbed to 12, the CDC reported Sept. 26. The injuries have been reported from 46 states and 1 U.S. territory, while the deaths have bene confirmed in 10 states.

Insurance premiums are rising at a much faster rate than earnings growth or inflation, according to new data from the annual Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey, outlined in Health Affairs.

General surgery in robotics is taking off, and its advantages are helping doctors perform more procedures and reduce risks, according to a profile in The New Yorker.

CMS has finalized a proposed rule to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program that will result in $4 billion in payment cuts in 2020.

As the number of cases of lung disease injuries and deaths associated with the use of e-cigarettes continue to rise around the country, many are looking for warning signs that the products were dangerous early on.

Kaiser Permanente has reached a new contract settlement with 80,000 workers based in California, effectively averting a scheduled strike in October.

If physicians caring for Medicare fee-for-service patients were all high-value physicians, the federal program could cut healthcare costs by a whopping $286.8 billion from 2020 to 2029, according to UnitedHealth Group. For 2020 alone, Medicare could save more than $20 billion if all physicians were considered high value.

In another sign of its trek into the healthcare space, Amazon has opened a virtual care clinic for its Seattle-based employees, with in-home or in-office follow-ups.

With healthcare being in high demand, some professionals in the field are earning top dollar, according to a recent ranking from Glassdoor. In fact, healthcare jobs were among the highest-paying jobs in 2019, with physicians earning a median base salary of $193,415.

Retail giant Walmart is adding education benefit programs to prepare its workforce for “the next generation of healthcare jobs,” the company announced.