A chain of for-profit cancer centers has been advertising more than all its competitors combined | Stat
A for-profit hospital system focused on complex and advanced cancers has drawn scrutiny for touting sky-high survival statistics buoyed by disproportionately healthy and wealthy patients. Now, new research provides the fullest portrait to date of the massive nationwide ad blitz launched by Cancer Treatment Centers of America to attract patients.
Advocates call for federal action on Kansas Medicaid backlog | Topeka (Kan.) Capitol Journal
Advocates for people with disabilities are pressing the federal government to force Kansas to move quickly to clear its backlog of unprocessed Medicaid applications as they seek records from the state agency in charge.
Pokémon Go crowds lead to concerns at Utah hospital | (Provo, Utah) Daily Herald
In the quest to catch 'em all, players of the viral Pokémon Go app are causing staff at Utah Valley Hospital some concern. It started after the hospital in Provo, which is undergoing a large scale hospital replacement project, became aware late last week of the four Pokéstops on the campus.
Report: Overloaded nurses, dangers at U of Louisville Hospital | (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal
Triggered by a surgeon’s complaint that University of Louisville Hospital is dangerous, a state inspection found deficiencies in nursing services specifically endangered three patients.
A 'slow catastrophe' unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end | Los Angeles Times
In a steady march, disease-causing microbes have evolved ways to evade the bulwark of medications used to treat bacterial infections. For a variety of those illnesses, only colistin continued to work every time. Now this last line of defense had been breached as well.
Arkansas' Medicaid expansion cost rises $25 million, consultants say | (Fort Smith, Ark.) Times Record
Consultants hired by the Arkansas Legislature updated a legislative task force on several matters related to healthcare reform Monday, including a $25 million increase in the estimated cost to Arkansas of its Medicaid expansion program over the next five years.
Pharma trade group helps fund patient fight against Medicare project | USA Today
Groups that advocate for patients' and doctors' interests are working in near lockstep with the big pharmaceutical companies that fund the groups to fight a proposed Medicare rule that could affect the companies' bottom lines, documents and interviews show. At stake is a CMS proposal to test the effect of cutting what doctors get from Medicare for administering high-priced infusion drugs.
Michigan could see health insurance rate hikes on 'Obamacare' marketplace | MLive.com
Michigan insurers participating in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace have asked the state to approve a collective 17.3% in rate increases for 2017.