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HHS awards $665M to states in healthcare innovation initiative

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday announced the second round of grants as part of its State Innovation Models Initiative, awarding a total of more than $665 million to be split among 28 states, three territories and the District of Columbia.

Some Medicare Advantage plans better able to control risk factors

Medicare Advantage members of ethnic backgrounds with high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes are much less likely than white members to have these risk factors under control, according to a new study published in the  New England Journal of Medicine. That poses a problem, as it can substantially raise individuals' risk of health complications and increase the need for otherwise unnecessary care.

Are Teaching Health Centers a better way to train primary care physicians?

If primary care isn't practiced in hospitals, why does future primary care physician training take place in them? That's the question raised by Bruce Koeppen, M.D., founding dean of the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, in a recent column for  LiveScience.  

Why the physician-patient relationship is not one-on-one

There's a coincidental theme running through a few of this week's top stories, and it has to do with the challenge of relating to patients when they're not quite themselves. Let's...

How to address drug-seeking patients

Although physician practices seem to have made so me progress  in the fight against prescripti on painkiller abuse, drug-seeking and drug-addicted patients remain part of many medical offices' daily reality, according to an arti cle  from  Physicians Practice.

Report: VA misled Congress, public on scope of scandal

The Veterans Affairs Health Association's claims about the extreme delays in care endured by patients--and their deadly consequences--was "misleading" and contained inaccuracies, according to a new report by the VA's Office of Inspector General.  

How the ACA led to change this year at one California hospital

Although the Affordable Care Act has made sweeping changes to the healthcare industry at large in the past year, it has also led to changes on a ground level in individual hospitals, a hospital chief medical officer writes in Time.

What not to say when telling patients they are dying

Although patient-physician conversations about end-of-life care  have become more common in recent years, many physicians hesitate to tell patients that they are dying, according to an art icle  from the  Philadelphia Inquirer.

NIH gives up on National Children's Study after spending billions

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has called off a massive health research project called that was intended to collect data on child health and development to assess how environmental factors influence a wide range of diseases and conditions, Bloomberg reported

Patients willing to share health data, but only for a good reason

Patients are becoming more willing to share their health information publicly, but there is one caveat: It has to be for a good reason.