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Trump's choice for HHS secretary made millions off pharma

By DAN DIAMOND (ddiamond@politico.com; @ddiamond)<p><b>AZAR MADE MILLIONS OFF PHARMA —</b> HHS secretary nominee Alex Azar made nearly $2 million in his last year atop drug giant Eli Lilly’s U.S. arm before leaving in January. But since his departure, he’s continued to rake in the industry money, POLITICO's …

Telehealth policy changes mean big revenue opportunities for hospitals

Telemedicine is becoming increasingly popular as the financial benefits for providers who offer it come to light. And new policy changes in …

Doctors 'overprescribe drugs due to fears of facing complaints'

Survey suggests four-fifths of medics who have been subject of complaint or litigation start practising more ‘defensive medicine’<p>Patients are being put at risk because doctors are giving them drugs they do not need and sending them for unnecessary surgery to avoid a complaint being made against …

Radiation Therapy

Oh My: Canadian Doctor Finds Out Her Patient's Wait Time To See A Neurologist Is Over Four Years

Sen. Bernie Sanders is pushing the single-payer health care initiative hard. The issue has fallen onto the backburner in the news cycle, but the hard …

Blue Cross Blue Shield insurers are still doing well

Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance companies have more than quintupled their net profits in the first half of this year compared with the same …

The concerns behind pricey hospital projects

The UPMC health system in Pittsburgh said this week it will spend $2 billion to build three new, glitzy specialty hospitals that focus on treating …

Doctor who refuses to use computers loses medical license

- Holding manila folders filled with pages of her handwritten reports, Dr. Anna Konopka insisted her system for keeping track of her patients' …

Georgia has too few nurses, and the problem could get much worse

Merry Fort, an RN who lives in Macon, has seen nursing shortages before. But, she says, “I’ve never seen it like this.”<p>Fort works for a company that …

Placebo Effect of the Heart

After 40 years, millions of procedures, and billions of dollars, doctors are questioning whether a common procedure is doing more harm than good. How much does heart disease depend on a patient’s state of mind?<p>A doctor stands over you and feeds a long wire up the inside of your body, from your …

Medicine

Risk of irregular heart rhythm rises with weight and age

(Reuters Health) - The risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm increases as people age and become overweight or obese, spiking after age 50 for men and age 60 for women, a recent study suggests.<p>Researchers examined data on almost 80,000 people, ages 24 to 97, in four European studies. When …

CVS deal for Aetna could help retailer face Amazon entry: analysts

(Reuters) - U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp's (CVS.N) move to buy health insurer Aetna Inc (AET.N) could shore-up CVS' vulnerable pharmacy business and spur another round of dealmaking in an industry fearing Amazon's arrival, analysts said.<p>Shares of Aetna, the third-largest U.S. health …