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#203 February 14, 2019: Patient access is prime focus of new data rules from HHS

#202 February 7, 2019: Patient opioid risk scores for sale, without permission

#201 January 31, 2019: Optum sues to block exec from Gawande-led venture

#200 January 24, 2019: Drug costs: it’s way beyond politics now

#199 January 17, 2019: Transparency: Be careful what you wish for

#198 January 10, 2019: AI predicts Alzheimer's six years earlier than docs can

#197 January 3, 2019: Judge reverses course of hospital 340B payment cuts

#196 December 20, 2018: SG public health advisory: Vaping uptake skyrockets among high schoolers

#195 December 13, 2018: Generic drug "cartel" under investigation

#194 December 6, 2018: CVS-Aetna merger may not be a go

#193 November 29, 2018: Poor health costs employers $530 billion a year

#192 November 15, 2018: Google just hired Geisinger's former CEO. Here's why.

#191 November 8, 2018: Medicaid expansion big winner in midterm elections

#190 November 1, 2018: Utah pays employees $500 to buy meds in Mexico

#189 October 25, 2018: The postman rings...for better health

#188 October 18, 2018: Study explores system's failure and life-changing effects of serious illness

#187 October 11, 2018: Did you eat fast food today?

#186 October 4, 2018: Think you don't need a flu shot? 80,000 reasons you do

#185 September 27, 2018: Fallen and can't get up? Apple Watch may (or may not) detect it

#184 September 20, 2018: FDA takes aim at e-cigarettes

#183 September 13, 2018: EpiPen alternative offered free to consumers

#182 September 6, 2018: Brushing teeth cuts incidence of pneumonia in VA

#181 August 30, 2018: When brick and mortar may be an advantage

#180 August 23, 2018: Female? Having a heart attack? You'll fare better with a female doc

#179 August 16, 2018: "Dear Doctor..." curbs overprescribing

#178 August 9, 2018: Apathy likely a marker for dementia

#177 August 2, 2018: Docs still looking for value from EHRs

#176 July 26, 2018: Starbucks to open ASL store near Gallaudet

#175 July 19, 2018: End-of-life care: On whose terms?

#174 July 12, 2018: Alzheimer's breakthrough 

#173 June 28, 2018: What's a mail order pharmacy? Lawsuit to decide

#172 June 21, 2018: It's not x-ray vision, but AI can track you through walls

#171 June 14, 2018: Hungry? Don't get hangry about it. 

#170 June 7, 2018: Who pays for $1 trillion in health care waste? You do.

#169 May 31, 2018: Drugmakers stall generic versions, hike prices

#168 May 24, 2018: Dog or person? DNA test vendor's big miss

#167 May 17, 2018: A patient, 2 docs and 3 case managers can't get appointment

#166 May 10, 2018: 50 States, 50 sets of rules for the working disabled

#165 May 3, 2018: NEW Baffled Health podcast: 20 days, 3 ERs, 5 doctors to appendicitis diagnosis

#164 April 26, 2018: Most scopes are not clean

#163 April 19, 2018: FDA bans pure caffeine

#162 April 12, 2018: Cost to treat addiction skyrockets

#161 April 5, 2018: Apple publicly releases Health Records

#160 March 29, 2018: New teen nicotine fix: Juuling

#159 March 22, 2018: Docs go viral singing "Alright"

#158 March 15, 2018: FDA approves at-home gene testing for breast cancer

#157 March 8, 2018: Kentucky may tax opioids

#156 March 1, 2018: Medtronic CEO: It works, or your money back

#155 February 22, 2018: Cavities? Just grow new teeth.

#154 February 15, 2018: Health care a big part of budget deal

#153 February 7, 2018: California pays for users to test heroin

#152 January 31, 2018: Business titans align to improve health care

#151 January 24, 2018: Bill funds CHIP, delays Cadillac and medical device taxes

#150 January 17, 2018: Health care sector is nation's top employer

#149 January 10, 2018: Some states can't fund CHIP past mid-January

#148 January 3, 2018: Big tech invests in health care

#147 December 27, 2017: 2018 forecast and a pill to prevent aging

#146 December 20, 2017: Employers hope for health plan tax relief

#145 December 13, 2017: Medical virtualist the next specialty | Take a Tylenol for social rejection

#144 December 6, 2017: Stanford testing Google-enabled digital scribe

#143 November 29, 2017: No flu shot, no job | High prices drive high costs

#142 November 15, 2017: Gates gives $50M for Alzheimer's research | Patients don't want to be nudged

#141 November 8, 2017: Food for patients via Medi-Cal | End of medical expense deduction?

#140 November 1, 2017: Amazon, move over—CVS in talks to buy Aetna

#139 October 25, 2017: Telehealth, dental care and opioids: States expand Medicaid benefits

#138 October 18, 2017: Administration declares ACA payments to health plans unlawful...

#137 October 11, 2017: ACOs mature; Puerto Rico's Medicaid maelstrom

#136 October 4, 2017: Senate unanimously passes Chronic Care Act

#135 September 27, 2017: Survey: Employees paying more for coverage, but not much more

#134 September 20, 2017: Time running out for new health bill to pass

#133 September 13, 2017: Bi-partisan reform formula: Give a little to get a lot

#132 August 30, 2017: Jude: EEOC must clarify "voluntary" workplace wellness

#131 August 23, 2017: IRS: To be treated as a charity, act as a charity

#130 August 16, 2017: CMS cancels bundled payment models

#129 August 9, 2017: MD burnout, personalized health apps and expanded VA telehealth, and Mobile Telehealth app expands access for veterans

#128 August 2, 2017: Insurers relieved but now face uncertainty

#127 July 25, 2017: ACA repeal still in play; impact of Medicaid expansion

#126 July 19, 2017: Neither replace nor repeal? Also: Evidence for PCMH

#125 July 12, 2017: Summer school? Health care bill cuts into August recess

#124 July 5, 2017: Health care consolidation kills competition, raises costs

#123 June 28, 2017: Latest on the Senate bill: CBO and a lockout

#122 June 21, 2017: What's up with the health care bill?

#121 June 14, 2017: Despite instability, individual health plans will persevere

#120 June 7, 2017: Amazon's entry into pharmacy, plus the music and medicine connection

#119 May 31, 2017:  News + analysis, CBO scorecard I Al and telehealth partnerships

#118 May 24, 2017: WannaCry took medical devices hostage in US hospitals

#117 May 17, 2017: WannaCry attack reveals vulnerability

#116 May 10, 2017: Covering the uninsured, de-mystifying the "weekend effect" and what's in the House health bill

#115 May 3, 2017: Health jobs, flashing genitals and a superbug fungus

#114 April 26, 2017: Medication nonadherence, checklists and another AHRQ resource

#113 April 19, 2017: Value-based successes; CMS updates; AHRQ resource

#112 April 12, 2017: Asking the right questions; NCQA's PCMH changes; accountable health

#111 April 5, 2017: New ONC chief, AHRQ's future, treatment vs. prosecution

#110 March 29, 2017: At last, a bipartisan bill?

#109 March 22, 2017: AHRQ in crosshairs, yet again

#108 March 15, 2017: Alphabet soup edition: CBO, GINA, ACA, IHI, ACP, etc.

#107 March 8, 2017: ACA replacement, shimmying bacteria, problematic portability

#106 March 1, 2017: Trump's five principles; Watson hype; octopuses

#105 February 22, 2017: GOP leaders unveil proposals to replace ACA

#104 February 15, 2017: Negotiating drug costs is on the table

#103 February  7, 2017: Major changes to ACA may wait until 2018

#102 February 1, 2017: Cassidy & Collins: A compromise proposal?

#101 January 25, 2017: ACA executive order, Human/Aetna ruling, Price hearings

#100 January 18, 2017: Counterintuitive: Pay for performance doesn't improve outcomes

#99 January 11, 2017: No immediate miracles from value-based models; patients and data 

#98 January 4, 2017: Chipping away at the ACA, McClellan on Price, payers and providers play nice 

#97 December 21, 2016: ACEs, ACOs and Drug Dealer, M.D.

#96 December 14, 2016: Useless antibiotics, AHIP's demands, and a new Playbook

#95 December 7, 2016: Health spending grew by 5.8 percent in 2015

#94 November 30, 2016: Trump taps CMS, HHS chiefs; dementia rates drop; a patient-centered data home

#93 November 23, 2016: Legalizing pot: Unintended public health consequences

#92 November 16, 2016: Trump, the ACA, Medicaid and family medicine

#91 November 9, 2016: Election coverage, empathy bots, and training family docs

#90 November 2, 2016: AARP sues EEOC; telehealth and dementia

#89 October 26, 2016: Pain in lab mice: He who smelt it, felt it

#88 October 19, 2016: PwC: Health and care trends to watch

#87 October 12, 2016: Counterintuitive: Hospitals with high readmit rates have better mortality scores

#86 October 5, 2016: What do health care innovation and wine grapes have in common?

#85 September 28, 2016: Health care as a human right; HIX plans cheaper than employer plans

#84 September 21, 2016: Dartmouth and the ACO, prescribing pharmacists and the mythological medical record

#83 September 14, 2016: Clerks as team members, ACA at a crossroads, aging in place

#82 September 7, 2016: High-need patients spend more, delay treatment and are less satisfied

#81 August 31, 2016: ACO savings, ACA changes and playing God 

#80 August 24, 2016: For provider-sponsored health plans, second time's the charm 

#79 August 17, 2016: Study: Socioeconomic status may not affect hospital readmission rates

#78 August 10, 2016: Death doulas, preventable pediatric readmits, mHealthy hearts

#77 August 3, 2016: CMS stars rate affluence? Also: Smokers keep smoking

#76 July 27, 2016: Aetna, Anthem respond to Justice Department

#75 July 20, 2016: MACRA mystery; workplace unwellness; PokemonGo's medtech cousins

#74 July 13, 2016: Pain and HCAHPS; geriatics; gamification

#73 July 6, 2016: Anthem/Cigna options, alert fatigue, micro-hospitals

#72 June 29, 2016: Calif. to feds: Just say no to Aetna/Humana merger

#71 June 22, 2016: Not a fad: More hospitals, payers, payers move to value-based reimbursement

#70 June 15, 2016: Big employers wary of big mergers; docs wary about talking costs

#69 June 8, 2016: Building a patient-centered data home; premiums rise

#68 June 1, 2016: GOD compromise, charging patients for records, and doctors as artisans

#67 May 25, 2016: Proposed changes to Part B united strange bedfellows 

#66 May 18, 2016: Court sides with House Republicans, strikes down subsidies

#65 May 11, 2016: It's two opioid epidemics, not one epidemic

#64 May 4, 2016: New Medicare rule gives states flexibility, but are they ready?

#63 April 27, 2016:  Do penalties punish the most diligent?

#62 April 20, 2016: In proposed rule, CMS rescinds two-midnight rule pay cuts

#61 April 13, 2016: CMS announces new primary care model, CPC+

#60 April 6, 2016: BCBS: ACA's newly insured are sicker and costlier

#59 March 23, 2016: Business partners now under scrutiny for HIPAA violations

#58 March 16, 2016: Retail clinics may lead to greater use of health care services

#57 March 9, 2016: GAO: Insurance exchanges ripe for--and could be rife with--fraud

#56 March 2, 2016: Proposed rule softens HIX network adequacy requirement

#55 February 24, 2016: CMS final Medicaid rule now with OMB

#54 February 17, 2016: Scalia death changes the odds on several health care cases

#53 February 10, 2016: HHS to update privacy rules related to substance abuse

#52 January 27, 2016: Congress to Slavitt: What happened with the co-ops?

#51 January 20, 2016: Say goodbye to Meaningful Use 

#50 January 12, 2016: What's happening at AHIP? Modern Healthcare offers some insights

#49 January 6, 2016: Patent system, "short-termism," disincentivize cancer-prevention drugs

#48 December 23, 2015:  Hospital market share huge driver of costs for private insurance

#47 December 16, 2015: Challenge to Texas telemedicine restrictions moves forward

#46 December 9, 2015: Kaiser Permanente to acquire Group Health Cooperative

#45  December 2, 2015: Provider-led plans still rare, but have prominent HIX role

#44 November 25, 2015: UnitedHealth threatens to leave HIX

#43 November 18, 2015: To integrate behavioral health, fix EHRs

#42 November 11, 2015:  Politico: Conn. AG to probe EPIC and big hospital networks

#41 November 4, 2015:  A long way from death panels: Paying for end-of-life discussions

#40 October 28, 2015:  Nearly 200 organizations come out in support of AHR

#39 October 21, 2015: Concerns about cost may chill HIX enrollment this year

#38 October 14, 2015: OIG "committed to investigating" data blocking

#37 October 7, 2015: CMS issues MU3 final rule Tuesday

#36 September 30, 2015: Waning enthusiasm for outcomes-based wellness

#35 September 23, 2015:  Dr. Bill Frist to Congress: Save AHRQ

#34 September 16, 2015:  About a quarter of HIX enrollees dropped coverage

#33 September 9, 2015:  HIX consumers frustrated, confused by formularies, study says

#32 September 2, 2015:  Committee says vendor competition not impairing interoperability

#31 August 26, 2015:  VA: Disability backlog dramatically reduced

#30 August 19, 2015: Partners enters urgent care market

#31 August 12, 2015: What you need to know about those readmission penalties

#30 August 5, 2015: Employer-sponsored plan enrollment rates hold steady

#29 July 29, 2015: Will MU3 be put on hold? Questions abound

#28 July 22, 2015: Researchers: Rethink "never events"

#27 July 15, 2015: Leveraging ACA powers: paying for value over volume 

#26 July 8, 2015: Humana/Aetna's $34.1 billion deal is far from final 

#25 July 1, 2015: Blog: AHRQ defunding shortsighted and risky 

#24 June 24, 2015: GAO calls to task federal IT programs, including HealthCare.gov

#23 June 17, 2015: Three states get conditional approval to start their own exchanges 

#22 June 10, 2015: Waiting for SCOTUS; housing and health; lucrative oncology

#21 June 3, 2015: GAO questions AMA's role in Medicare rates

#20 May 20, 2015:  Documented: Fragmentation impairs outcomes, increases cost

#19 May 13, 2015: States must pick 2017 benchmark plans by June 1

#18 May 6, 2015: Report explores problems posed by market power

#17 April 29, 2015:  Breaking: Scott sues, Assurant wants out of health

#16 April 22, 2015: Texas telemedicine, health hygiene, competitor collaboration

#15 April 15, 2015: Big Blue takes deep dive into data analytics

#14 April 8, 2015: Opposition to Cadillac tax turns foes into allies

#13 April 1, 2015: mHealth HIPAA limits; vacation delays SGR repeal; EEOC wellness rules

#12 March 25, 2015: Blue Shield of California protests revocation of tax-exempt status

#11 March 18, 2015: McInnis: Drug therapy problems require a comprehensive approach

#10 March 11, 2015: New ACO model, elusive interoperability, germy hands 

#9 March 4, 2015: Data hostages, SCOTUS takes up subsidies

#8 February 25, 2015: Patients are reasonable; NCQA/AAFP truce?

#7 February 18, 2015: RAND: Most health IT studies fail to capture long-term effects

#6 February 11, 2015: Hatch: Make CMS an independent agency

#5 February 4, 2015: Open for comments: ONC roadmap calls for interoperability by 2015

#4 January 28, 2015: HHS announces significant move to value-based reimbursement

#3 January 21, 2015: Report: Employee share of insurance costs continues to grow

#2 January 14, 2015: Federal exchange stronger than state-run ones

#1 January 7, 2015: For some insured, EDs the "usual place" for care