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Coming soon to malls and offices: standalone CarePods that provide full-body scanning and blood and skin testing with no doctor or nurse staffing the kiosks. (Forbes)
President Biden and China’s president Xi Jinping agreed to take steps to curb fentanyl production. (AP)
The LetsGetChecked for the Simple 2 Test became the first diagnostic tool authorized for chlamydia and gonorrhea testing using at-home sample collection, the FDA said.
As part of payment reform, next year’s implementation of new code G2211 is expected to give a boost to primary care physicians and bolster the workforce. (CBS News)
After storming Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, the Israeli military produced video footage allegedly depicting Hamas weapons stashed there, some of them hidden behind MRI scanners. (New York Times)
A surgeon there said that patients continue to die at Al-Shifa Hospital amid a lack of supplies. (Reuters)
The Biden-Harris Administration announced that nursing homes will be required to disclose private equity ownership and other management information.
Referral to a large-scale, established behavior change program for prediabetes improved HbA1c, researchers found. (Nature)
To control spending on semaglutide (Wegovy, Ozempic) for weight loss, Connecticut’s state employee health plan is requiring that members first enter a lifestyle management program. (Politico)
ProPublica investigation unearthed dozens of cases in which insurers flouted laws requiring them to cover certain treatments.
Americans have more problems with affording medical care than peers in most wealthy nations, a Commonwealth Fund survey found.
Fiscal year 2023 saw a Medicare Fee-for-Service estimated improper payment rate of 7.38%, marking no change from 2022, CMS announced.
FAIR Health released a report showing that eating disorder claim lines grew disproportionately from 2018 to 2022.
Oral nicotine pouches delivered more nicotine but less craving relief when tested against cigarettes in a randomized crossover study. (Addiction)
Following a complaint about unproven marketing claims, the company and its CEO selling Smart Women’s Choice as a contraceptive cream agreed to settle and enter a permanent injunction ordered by a federal court, the Department of Justice said.
More women joined a lawsuit over Texas’s abortion laws, which they say put their lives in danger during complicated pregnancies. (NPR)
A Massachusetts hospital said nearly 450 endoscopy patients were potentially exposed to infection of HIV and hepatitis during IV medication administration. (WCVB)
How will the Maryland Department of Health square its financial mismanagement and documentation problems? (Maryland Matters)
A recipient of a Make-A-Wish gift in 2013, San Francisco’s “Batkid” is now a healthy teenager and survivor of childhood lymphoblastic leukemia. (NPR)