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Twenty-four defendants, including C-suite executives from five telemedicine companies, the owners of dozens of durable medical equipment (DME) companies and three licensed medical professionals, have been charged in what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling one of the largest healthcare fraud schemes investigated by the FBI and HHS.

Nearly a quarter of heart failure patients discharged after rehabbing in skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) are bound to get readmitted to hospitals within 30 days of going home. And those whose stay at the SNF two days or fewer are up to four times more likely to be readmitted than those who stay longer.

UnitedHealthcare and the American Medical Association on April 2 announced they’re collaborating on a project aimed at better identifying and addressing social determinants of health.

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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. 

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.

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.

A report from The Wall Street Journal has led some popular health and wellness apps to cease data sharing with social network company Facebook after the practice was revealed.

Burnout among physicians improved slightly over the last few years, but not all specialties have seen much of a difference, according to data published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Physician burnout is getting better, according to a new triennial study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. In fact, doctors were less likely to indicate emotional exhaustion and depersonalization in a survey in 2017 compared to 2014, and burnout prevalence is closer to 2011 levels.

The $69 billion merger between Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, and CVS, a major retail pharmacy chain and pharmacy benefit manager, has been touted as a “transformative moment” moment for the healthcare industry. Now that the deal has been completed, consumers are split on whether they'll move their care to the retailer.