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As more of the Democratic party comes on board with the idea of Medicare for all, a new bill was introduced in the House this week to make universal healthcare a reality. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington) introduced the bill on Feb. 27. The bill has more than 100 co-sponsors.

Months after acquiring online pharmacy PillPack for approximately $1 billion, Amazon has appointed a 14-year veteran with the company to lead its new pharmacy business, CNBC reported. Nader Kabbani has been named vice president of consumables, special projects.

Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality in U.S. hospitals. However, most of these deaths are unlikely to be prevented with better care in hospitals, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open. 

Cedars-Sinai, a non-profit hospital based in California, is launching a pilot program to outfit 100 patient rooms with a platform powered by Amazon’s voice technology, Alexa. 

CMS, in conjunction with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), recently proposed new rules to regulate interoperability standards. The rules would impact healthcare providers and plans, and ultimately give patients better access to all their health information—for free.

As hospitals start to publish prices of their services, patients should theoretically be able to save money by shopping around. However, out-of-pocket costs to patients have little correlation with the amount insurers pay or the overall price of a procedure, according to a recent study of 14 representative Massachusetts hospitals by Pioneer Institute.

Physicians are major drivers of hospital revenue, generating about $2.4 million each year, according to a new survey from Merritt Hawkins.

In an analysis of hospital reviews posted on Yelp, researchers found the word “told” was correlated to negative reviews, while words like “great” and “friendly” were correlated with positive ones. Findings were posted in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Several healthcare companies have made it onto the Ethisphere Institute’s World’s Most Ethical Companies list for 2019.

The Department of Justice has asked a judge to approve the $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna, which was closed by the two companies at the end of 2018, Reuters reported. The deal has been hung up on court approval, though it has been approved by all other regulators and the DOJ.

More employers are actively integrating or considering integrating their medical, pharmacy, dental, vision and/or disability benefits under their health and wellness programs in the next five years thanks to the positive impact on employees, a study from Anthem found. 

A CMS report found the problems at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, were more extensive than the pediatric heart unit, The Tampa Bay Times reported.