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Judging by 28 different metrics, Vermont offers the highest-quality and most cost-efficient care for children, according to a new study from personal finance website WalletHub, while Nevada struggles with limited access to care and poor oral health among those under the age of 18. 

The effectiveness of accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be limited by two factors, according to a new study published in Health Affairs: low numbers of enrollees attributed to participating physicians and the constant “churn” of the patient population caused by substantial physician turnover.

An emergency physician from Michigan has been arrested on charges she performed genital mutilation procedures on multiple girls between the ages of 6 and 8, which prosecutors say could be the first criminal case involving the practice since it was outlawed in the U.S. in 1996.

While healthcare costs continued to rise at other facilities, one Netherlands hospital was able to lower costs by 8 percent in a single year while improving quality. The credit goes to a value-based care strategy focusing on everything from closer coordination on cardiovascular patients to keeping more experienced physicians in the emergency department. 

Large corporations want healthy workers and lower healthcare costs. If hospitals and medical groups are going to win the right to provide care to those employees and their families, innovative approaches to care, having the right infrastructure in place and taking a lot of meetings are a must. 


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A CDC committee says FluMist nasal spray vaccines are not effective, at least for the 2016-2017 flu season.

After Orlando, National Academy of Medicine offers mass shooting guidelines for healthcare providers

Only days after the June 12 shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded, the National Academy of Medicine released a paper instructing healthcare providers on how to react in a similar situation. The paper detailing the impact of mass casualty events, such as mass shootings and terrorist attacks, on the healthcare profession.  

More than half of kids' sports-related concussions never treated

It’s possible that more than half of American kids with sports-related concussions are not being treated for their injuries, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. That means that between 500,000 and 1.2 million kids 18 or younger received no medical evaluation, treatment or advice after sustaining a potentially dangerous traumatic brain injury.

Boston Children's tops list of best pediatric hospitals in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the top children’s hospitals for 2016-2017. Based on clinical data and pediatric specialists, the rankings examined 106 hospitals in 10 major specialties.

Study: 30,000 trauma deaths could be prevented using military expertise

Integrating military trauma care with traditional hospitals could lead to a quicker and more effective response to car accidents, gunshot wounds and other trauma events, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Study examines varying rates of opioid prescriptions to Medicare beneficiaries

A study published by JAMA Internal Medicine has found that the use of new opioid prescriptions after hospitalization is common among Medicare beneficiaries, while the rate of patients using a prescription opioid 90 days after hospitalization varies by location.

Study: Dying in hospital 7 times more expensive than dying at home

Patients who die in a hospital will undergo more billable tests and procedures than those who die at home or in hospice care, racking up costs in their final month of life up to seven times as much as patients dying at home, according to a new study.

Study: Rising healthcare costs lead to income inequality

A report from the Mercatus Center found that rising healthcare costs are a contributing factor to growth in income inequality.

Should women pay more for healthcare?

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have issued a “final rule” on the debate over the discrimination in healthcare and health insurance to charge women more for healthcare, further clarifying a policy already laid out in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), reports Healthline.

Antitrust suit against CHS could have national impact

The federal antitrust lawsuit filed last week against Carolinas HealthCare System could have a national impact on lowering hospital costs for patients, not only in Charlotte but throughout the nation, reports the Charlotte Observer.