Nov 25, 2019

Nearly 70 patients died in Indian Health Service's care

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

At least 66 Indian Health Service patients died as a result of alleged malpractice since 2006, according to a sweeping report from the Wall Street Journal.

By the numbers:The U.S. government has paid out about $55 million in settlements in 163 malpractice cases at IHS hospitals.

  • The WSJ looked into 171 doctors, at least 44 of whom doctors had histories that were of concern according to IHS guidelines that urge managers to screen doctors for multiple past malpractices cases, medical-board sanctions and criminal convictions.

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Two key U.S. manufacturing indexes have diverged sharply

Data: Investing.com; Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

The ISM's November U.S. manufacturing index got all the headlines with a fourth straight reading showing the industry in contraction, but IHS Markit's index was also released Monday and told a very different story.

What's happening: Both surveys are well respected by investors and economists, but follow different methodologies. This seems to have created a widening divide in which IHS Markit's data is showing a solid recovery in U.S. manufacturing while ISM's is showing further deterioration.

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Hospitals are going to war against Trump's price transparency push

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Hospitals sued the Trump administration yesterday over its requirement that they disclose their negotiated rates, the latest of the industry's moves to protect itself from policy changes that could hurt its revenues.

Why it matters: Hospitals account for the largest portion of U.S. health costs — which patients are finding increasingly unaffordable.

Go deeperArrowDec 5, 2019

Add-on expenses for medical students pile up

The cost of medical school is a barrier to diversity in the medical profession, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Diversity among doctors hasn't moved much between 1988 and 2017, according to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. More than three-quarters of American medical school students came from affluent households.

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