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ACA increased breast cancer screening rate

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  January 10, 2017

Since the Affordable Care Act eliminated certain out-of-pocket costs, the mammography rate has increased, according to a study published Monday.

RFK Jr. to chair commission on vaccine safety

RFK Jr. to chair commission on vaccine safety

By The Associated Press  |  January 10, 2017

Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a vocal vaccination skeptic, says President-elect Donald Trump has asked him to chair a commission on vaccine safety.

Data Points: Sharp drop-off in new drugs approved

Data Points: Sharp drop-off in new drugs approved

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 07, 2017

Approvals for new drugs dropped to a six-year low in 2016. Industry insiders are optimistic that the recently passed 21st Century Cures Act will speed up the process.

Data Points: U.S. support of global health

Data Points: U.S. support of global health

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 31, 2016

Starting with President George W. Bush, the U.S. stepped up its commitment to improving health outcomes in less developed countries. But funding hit a plateau in 2010.

New Essure lawsuit filed against Bayer and physician in North Carolina

New Essure lawsuit filed against Bayer and physician in North Carolina

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  December 29, 2016

In other cases filed against Bayer over injuries related to Essure, the company has claimed it is not liable because a federal agency approved the device. This idea, known as federal preemption, could effectively grant Bayer immunity, but lawyers are optimistic that it won't.

Patient safety efforts saved $28 billion over five years

Patient safety efforts saved $28 billion over five years

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  December 12, 2016

Fewer hospital-acquired conditions avoided some 125,000 patient deaths and saved $28 billion, the administration said in a report released Monday. In some places, however, the report contradicted findings released a week before by the CDC.

With social needs addressed, patients' clinical indicators improved

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  December 12, 2016

Patients who received help accessing food and medication subsequently improved their cholesterol levels and blood pressure. A recent study is the first to link intervention and outcome, although the findings do not prove that addressing social needs improves clinical indicators.

Review of CMS quality metrics kicks off

By Elizabeth Whitman  |  December 07, 2016

Little known to the public, a group of public and private stakeholders convene annually to scrutinize measures that influence how large sums of taxpayer-funded healthcare dollars are spent.

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