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Racial health gap narrows but disparities remain significant

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  April 27, 2016

The latest annual report card on the nation's health shows there's been progress in narrowing the gap in health disparities between blacks and whites, while Hispanics continued to have better outcomes than both.

House panel approves bipartisan drug abuse bill

By Associated Press  |  April 27, 2016

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday took an election-year swipe at the nation's growing drug addiction problem, approving federal grants that would bolster state and local efforts against the abuse of opioid painkillers.

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 23, 2016

New CDC data show white women on average lived slightly shorter lives in 2014 compared to 2013. Most experts agreed it was a worrisome harbinger of what awaits other groups suffering the ill-effects of our increasingly unequal society.

Middle-aged whites account for one-third of U.S. suicides

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 23, 2016

Middle-aged white people now account for one-third of all suicides in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide is the nation’s 10th leading cause of death, and the overall rate rose 24% in 15 years.

Covered California to exclude hospitals with high C-section rates

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 23, 2016

Covered California, the state’s insurance exchange, will exclude hospitals with high rates of C-sections in an effort to reduce the number of medically unnecessary cesarean births, which can be costly and carry higher risks for mother and baby.

Genome sequencing rated top advance of past 40 years

Genome sequencing rated top advance of past 40 years

By Joseph Conn  |  March 26, 2016

The sequencing of the human genome—an achievement that capped a 13-year, $3 billion international effort funded by the federal government—represents the most significant breakthrough in healthcare over the past 40 years, according to Modern Healthcare readers.

Data Points for March 28, 2016

Data Points for March 28, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  March 26, 2016

Data Points for the week of March 21, 2016 covered the emergency department.

New York set to require electronic prescribing

By Shannon Muchmore  |  March 19, 2016

In an effort to cut back on prescription-drug errors and misuse, providers in New York will be required to issue prescriptions electronically.

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