Care Delivery

The $69 billion merger between Aetna, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, and CVS, a major retail pharmacy chain and pharmacy benefit manager, has been touted as a “transformative moment” moment for the healthcare industry. Now that the deal has been completed, consumers are split on whether they'll move their care to the retailer. 

Most women are willing to wait for their screening mammogram results after the exam or receive their test results within 48 hours, according to new research published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology

For better healthcare, the U.S. needs more primary care physicians. In a study of U.S. population data, greater PCP supply was associated with improved mortality, but per capita PCP supply decreased between 2005 and 2015, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Nurses with poor physical and mental health—particularly depression—are more likely to make medical errors in the workplace, according to new research published in the Journal for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 

More than a few malpractice suits have been advanced on easily understood emotion over hard-to-parse scientific evidence. It’s better to be cautious now than to get caught off guard later. Here’s how to prepare.

CMS has proposed covering a new form of cancer therapy, CAR T-cell therapy, under Medicare. The proposal would create a uniform standard of covering the treatment, which uses a patient’s own immune system to fight the disease.

Some questions never seem to stop coming up. Should every single incidental finding be reported? If so, how so? In what sorts of cases might the reporting mislead clinicians rather than appropriately guide patient care? Here’s a fresh look at these perpetual concerns. 

The rate of cancer incidence and deaths among African Americans has surpassed that of whites for decades, but recent data from the American Cancer Society suggests that the “cancer gap” is shrinking, according to a recent report from NPR

Following radiation therapy for liver metastases, patients are just as well monitored with contrast-enhanced ultrasound as with contrast-enhanced CT, according to the authors of a pilot study running in the March edition of the Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine.

CVS Health is testing out a new store format in three Houston locations that aim to be a health hub for residents in those communities, with more of the store designated for healthcare services. The concept combines digital health offerings and community spaces with in-store services.

HHS and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) introduced a new payment model for emergency ambulance services that would allow Medicare beneficiaries to receive care on-the-scene or at lower acuity sites, such as urgent care clinics.

Exposure to dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) puts women at an increased risk of breast cancer through the age of 54, according to research published by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.