The health insurance industry has teamed up with data brokers to “vacuum up” personal details about Americans including race, education level, marital status, TV habits, online ordering habits, social media posts and if they pay bills on time, NPR reported.
After the Affordable Care Act (ACA) designated behavioral health as an essential health benefit, coverage for services rose significantly from 2013 to 2014, according to a study published July 9 in Health Affairs.
Commercial health plans vary widely in how they cover specialty drugs, and coverage is not typically based on available evidence-based data, according to a recent study from Tufts Medical Center researchers published online July 9 in Health Affairs.
Physicians employed at small, independent primary care practices (SIPs) in New York City report dramatically lower levels of burnout, according to new research published July 9 in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
Higher occupancy rates in hospitals don’t necessarily mean more infections. Rather, a facility can have the highest risk for Clostridium difficile infections when capacity was in a Goldilocks zone—not too full, not too empty—between 25 and 75 percent, according to new research from the University of Michigan and RAND Corporation.
Priority Private Care, a New York-based healthcare startup, caters to high-income individuals by bringing care to them. Started 18 months ago, PPC has an urgent care facility in Manhattan that can cut wait times for those paying annual fees starting at $3,000.
Pediatric cancer rates are highest in the Northeast U.S. and lowest in the South, according to a new report from the CDC, while leukemia is more prevalent in the West. But, the researchers noted, childhood cancer remains rare enough that such variables are more significant to care providers than the public.
Nearly two-thirds of physicians know another doctor who has tried or died by suicide, according to a Medscape poll published last month. The survey found 65 percent of physicians, 41 percent of nurses and 38 percent of medical students knew a physician who tried or died by suicide.
Emergency departments, particularly in rural areas, are strained by shortages of physicians and other providers, including nonemergency doctors and advanced practice providers, according to a new study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Between 2008 and 2016, NPs increased from 17.6 percent of providers in rural areas to 25.2 percent. In non-rural areas, the increase was smaller but still significant—with the share of NPs making up 23 percent of the providers in 2016, up from 15.9 percent in 2008.