Category Archives: Learning

Project makes early progress in trying to standardize SDOH data

As the healthcare industry looks to electronically capture, use and exchange social determinants of health data, an effort is underway to standardize medical codes to leverage SDOH information across care settings. The Gravity Project, which held its kickoff meeting last May, is a multi-stakeholder initiative whose goal is the standardization of key data elements necessary… Read More »

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley Boldly Discloses Her Alopecia

Representative Ayanna Pressley is known for rocking her hair in Senegalese and bomb twists, which some detractors have called militant. But lately, she has switched from these styles to exclusively wearing lace-front wigs. The reason? Pressley has alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss on the scalp and other parts of the body,… Read More »

Comparing cancer costs challenging despite new price transparency rules

Comparison shopping for airfare, a TV or a car can be straightforward online. The same cannot be said for checking what hospitals charge for a standard radiation treatment for prostate cancer, according to a report published in JAMA Oncology. At issue is whether a federal rule that requires hospitals to publicly list standard charges for… Read More »