Top news of the day from across the healthcare landscape.
Vice President Joseph Biden recently threated to cut federal funding to researchers who fail to report findings from clinical trials in a timely manner. A law states that data found must be submitted within 1 year of the end of the trial, according to The Washington Post. New rules have been proposed to withhold grants and funding, or issue a fine for not complying.
A recent report found that heart disease- and cancer-related deaths caused 49.5% of total 2014 deaths in the US. However, heart disease-related deaths decreased slightly from 23.5% in 2013 to 23.4% in 2014, according to The Los Angeles Times. The report also found that both diseases killed more men than women.
Insurers Blue Cross and Blue Shield have recently been involved in a lawsuit sue to allegedly sending reimbursement to patients seeking emergency room care from hospitals that are not in their network. According to Kaiser Health News, this causes hospitals to lose money, since these patients do not always turn over the money. The lawsuits also state that some patients profit from these direct payments.