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Senate surprise billing legislation would cut pay for hospitals and doctors, budget office finds

Payment rates to doctors and hospitals could fall by as much as 20% on average nationally under a bill making its way through the Senate, according to a projection published Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office. The bill, the Lower Health Care Costs Act, advanced out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee… Read More »

Amazon momentum in medical supply chain slows, poll finds

Dive Brief: Providers are allocating a smaller percentage of medical supply purchases to Amazon this year compared to 2018, though they’ve increased the percentage of non-medical office supplies buys, perhaps because companies receive higher discounts in office than medical supplies from the e-commerce giant, a survey of hospital purchasing managers by UBS found. This isn’t… Read More »

Harvard scientist finds microbial contaminants in e-cigs

Popular electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) products sold in the U.S. were contaminated with bacterial and fungal toxins, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, which examined 75 popular e-cigarette products — both single-use cartridges and refillable e-liquids — found that 27 percent contained traces of endotoxin, a microbial agent… Read More »

Health screening 'not meeting targets', report finds

None of the three main health screening programmes in England – bowel, breast or cervical – met their targets last year, according to a report by the National Audit Office. There were also delays in cervical screening results reaching half of women tested, with a backlog of nearly 100,000 samples. Bowel screening performed best, narrowly… Read More »

SickKids study finds blood tests alone may be effective strategy for detecting cancer relapse in certain patients

For most cancer patients, medical tests and examinations don’t end with the completion of therapy, even if their cancer has gone into remission. They will be due for several follow-up appointments, which can include blood tests, imaging tests and other exams as part of a surveillance protocol to detect possible relapse. One of the regular… Read More »