health care industry

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White House Issues Climate Change Guidelines For U.S. Hospitals

Declaring climate change to be a public health hazard, the Obama administration on Monday issued a new best practices guide to help hospitals and other health care facilities cope with multiple threats of extreme weather resulting from climate change. Leaders within the healthcare industry met for a summit at the White House Monday to endorse … Continue reading

What Does A Healthy Human Look Like? Google Wants To Know

What some commentators are calling Google’s “most ambitious project ever” – an attempt to “map” the human body – has been unveiled. Called “Baseline,” the collaboration between Stanford University, Duke University and Google X – the technology giant’s research division – is one of Google’s so-called moonshot projects. In Google terms, moonshots are long-term research … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act Drives Uninsured Rate To Lowest On Record

New polling by Gallup shows that the uninsured rate has plunged to a historic low, thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s effort to expand coverage to more Americans. By the end of June, the percentage of Americans without health insurance had dropped to 13.4 percent — the lowest-ever rate recorded by Gallup in more than … Continue reading

Shocking CDC Report: Patients Harmed After Health Care Providers Steal Patients’ Drugs

Health care workers diverting patients’ pain medications for their own use have been linked to six infectious disease outbreaks over the last decade, putting thousands of patients at risk, according to a new report. The report published June 2 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings outlines infection outbreaks that have occurred in the past 10 years as … Continue reading

Overcoming Resistance: Three Ways To Tackle The Antibiotic Shortage

Antibiotic-resistant infections are killing 23,000 Americans each year because bacteria are evolving to outsmart our drugs. And new drugs to replace them aren’t coming out like they used to either. Just last month, the World Health Organization identified antibiotic resistance as a ‘threat to modern medicine,’ saying that antibiotic resistant bacteria are now present in all … Continue reading

Health Policy Research Roundup: Six New Reports From The Health Care Industry

With the Affordable Care Act now in full swing, health policy research has kicked into overdrive. Here are six reports released last week that provide insight into the diverse industry of health care: Health Affairs: Seeking Lower Prices Where Providers Are Consolidated: An Examination Of Market And Policy Strategies 
 The ongoing consolidation between and … Continue reading

New Study Debunks Hype About Premium Increases Under The Affordable Care Act

There has been no shortage of hyped-up reports — and anecdotal predictions — of skyrocketing premiums in the coming year supposedly due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But researchers from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Monday argued those fears remain largely unfounded. In a new analysis, researchers from from The Robert Wood Johnson … Continue reading

Health Care Industry Announces ‘Unprecedented Move’ That Will Make It Easier For Americans To Find The Best Health Care Prices

In what’s being hailed as an “unprecedented move” for the health care industry, three major insurance companies have agreed to publish their prices in a free online portal starting next year. Aetna, Humana, and UnitedHealthcare are participating in the new online portal, and additional insurers may end up following suit. This is an important step designed to … Continue reading

Get Ready For A Right-Wing Meltdown: CBO Says Obamacare Will Cost Less Than Projected, Cover 12 Million Uninsured Americans This Year

The Congressional Budget Office has released updated estimates on the Affordable Care Act’s impact on both the budget and the health insurance industry. The findings show that the president’s signature health care law is actually growing cheaper to implement, costing the government $5 billion less in 2014 than was previously projected. The law also is … Continue reading

U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Among Industrialized Nations In Efficiency Of Health Care Spending

U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Among Industrialized Nations In Efficiency Of Health Care Spending A new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and McGill University in Montreal reveals that the United States health care system ranks 22nd out of 27 high-income nations when analyzed for its efficiency of turning dollars spent … Continue reading

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