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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing to allow states to determine which essential health benefits they will require insurers to cover in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges. (HealthExec)
Medical school for less than $7,000 a year? That’s a Texas-sized bargain and one that Lone Star residents can access thanks to a decades-old law. Megha Satyanarayana has the details. (STAT)
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told the Toronto Star that his tour of that city’s hospitals convinced him that Canadian healthcare is awe-inspiring.
In a rare case of superfetation, a woman who planned to earn $30,000 as a surrogate mother ended giving up her own baby. (Washington Post)
An anonymous woman physician is asking her colleagues to share their stories of sexual harassment using #MeToo (KevinMD) and MedPage Today’s weekly survey asks users if they have experienced harassment.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock researchers identified three new genetic biomarkers linking smoking to lung cancer, perhaps accounting for the “missing heritability of the disease.” (Science Daily)
Compared with immediate cord-clamping delaying cord-clamping did not improve outcomes for premature infants, according to results of a randomized trial published online by The New England Journal of Medicine.
The only public hospital in the nation’s capital — United Medical Center — is being investigated in connection with the August 25 death of a 47-year-old AIDS patient in the hospital’s nursing home. (Washington Post)
Can a mega-merger bring down drug prices? Yes, says CVS Health, which last week announced a $66-billion bid to acquire insurance giant Aetna. (Reuters)
Writing in her “New Old Age” blog in The New York Times, Paula Spann notes that sorting the frail elderly from the hale elderly is an increasing necessity for surgeons treating a graying population.
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