Quality

The Trump administration released the star ratings for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans just before the 2020 open enrollment period.

Nearly 1,300 cases of lung injuries associated with e-cigarette use, or vaping, have been reported in nearly every state in the U.S., while 26 deaths have been reported in 21 states. The epidemic has sparked an investigation from the CDC and many states, and the illness has gained a new name.

A handful of states are contemplating leaving the federal healthcare marketplace in favor of their own state-based marketplace. 

Healthcare organizations are seeing a higher rate of cyberattacks, with more targeted email campaigns and more staff members being attacked, according to a report from Proofpoint that outlined emerging trends in cyberattacks.

Johnson & Johnson was hit with an $8 billion judgment and ordered to pay a Maryland man after the company failed to sufficiently warn users that its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could cause breast growth in men.

Surgical staplers are the No. 1 health technology hazard for 2020, according to a new ranking from ECRI Institute.

The American Medical Association sent a letter to the CEOs of five of the largest commerce companies in the U.S. urging them to take action against the sale of illicit e-cigarette products on their platforms.

A whopping 25% of spending in the U.S. healthcare system is waste, between $760 billion and $935 billion, according to a Humana-led study in JAMA.

A recent guideline published in the Annals of Internal Medicine is getting some serious blowback from medical professionals. That’s because the guideline stated adults can continue eating red and processed meat without much harm to their health, arguing that previous research showing health harms from these products is weak.

The number of lung injuries from e-cigarette use, or vaping, has now topped 1,000, according to the CDC, while 18 deaths have been reported as of Oct. 1. The rise in deaths and number of cases comes as the CDC is still investigating with states on the cause of the lung injuries.

 

While vaccinations rates prevented at least 10 million deaths worldwide from 2010 to 2015, according to the World Health Organization, there is a growing faction of U.S. residents who aren’t vaccinating their children. And some states are better than others when it comes to vaccinating.

Thirty-five defendants have been charged by the Department of Justice in a Medicare fraud case worth more than $2.1 billion. The healthcare fraud case is one of the biggest ever charged.