Quality

HHS is launching a new action plan for the safe importation of certain prescription drugs to bring in medications from foreign markets. The Safe Importation Action Plan extends recent initiatives from the Trump administration to make prescription drugs cheaper in the U.S.

Minnesota-based Mayo Clinic is the nation’s best hospital for 2019-2020, according to U.S. News & World Report, which ranked hospitals overall and based on specialties.

Allergan, a global pharmaceutical company based in Dublin, has issued a voluntary recall for Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders after the action was requested by the FDA. The implants have been linked with several health problems and complications, including a rare form of cancer and death.

 

According to provisional data from the CDC, overdose deaths from opioid abuse in the U.S. likely fell in 2018, representing the first decline in roughly 30 years.

For people with diabetes, turning 26 is a cliff that can turn deadly. That’s because, at that age, young adults are kicked off their parents’ insurance plans and must find their own coverage and continue taking life-saving medication they simply cannot afford.

 

British researchers are homing in on just how many medical mistakes occur and how many are preventable.

Just three categories of diagnostic errors account for roughly 75% of all serious misdiagnosis-related harms to patients, according to a new study published in Diagnosis. 

The economic cost of the of lost earnings due to cancer deaths in the U.S. was more than $94 billion in 2015, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.

While general support for a universal healthcare system remains at about 50% among the public, the impact to the healthcare industry is being weighed––and providers could see huge payment cuts under certain policies. 

Waves of criticism against Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, a nonprofit hospital based in Memphis, Tennessee, have prompted the institution to examine its aggressive debt collection practices of suing low-income patients for unpaid medical debts, as detailed by a recent ProPublica and MLK50 report.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, is making big changes in the fallout of investigations from the Tampa Bay Times that its pediatric heart surgery unit had an unusually high mortality rate.

Methodist University Hospital, based in Memphis, Tennessee, is a nonprofit hospital operator with its own collections agency that ruthlessly pummels low-income patients over unpaid medical bills by taking them to court, according to a sort by ProPublica.