Jenny Gold appears in the following:
Thursday, February 05, 2015
California lawmakers are proposing new limits on the ability of parents to opt out of vaccinations. It's in response to the measles outbreak that originated in that state.
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Despite considerable effort to improve care for people who are dying, more people are reporting pain and depression, a study finds. Medical treatments that lengthen the process may be one reason.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
A proton beam therapy center in Indiana is closing, and insurers are reluctant to cover the treatment for common cancers. But plans for three new proton therapy centers for the D.C. area are still on.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Many brokers feared the new federal health law would make them obsolete. But more than 40 percent of people who signed up for insurance via Kentucky's state exchange used a broker.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The jails, hospitals, courts, police and mental health department in Bexar County, Texas, used to work separately. Since they started cooperating, psychiatric care has improved and costs are down.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Across the U.S., jails hold many more people with serious mental illness than state hospitals do. San Antonio is reweaving its safety net for the mentally ill — and saving $10 million annually.
Sunday, June 08, 2014
A health reporter traveled across the country and asked people how they feel about health care and health insurance. At almost every stop people complained about the expense.
Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Even if parents are providing health insurance, they often can't find out what's happening when their adult children suffer from severe mental illness.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Rising deductibles and copayments have driven some patients to put off paying their bills. So doctors, who have payrolls to meet, too, are getting much more aggressive about collecting their fees.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Verifying that a patient has paid for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can take hours. But if doctors' offices don't check, they can get stuck with the bill.
Monday, January 06, 2014
Medicare spends about $20 billion each year on implanted medical devices. Nearly half of the total goes for orthopedic surgery. Yet doctors who were surveyed about implant prices could only accurately estimate the prices about one-fifth of the time.
Monday, October 28, 2013
The medical screening tests offered by churches and other nonprofits may sound like a great idea. But some of the tests, which are performed by for-profit companies, are not recommended by national organizations because they can lead to invasive testing and unnecessary treatment.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Children with multiple medical problems are a huge expense for state Medicaid programs. Critics say that care could be managed better, saving money and reducing unnecessary tests and treatments.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
States and the federal government have a big job to do when it comes to explaining to the uninsured how to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The success of the law will be judged in part by how many Latinos sign up.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Instead of waiting for individual hospitals to apply to build proton centers, a health planning council solicited proposals, promising to favor collaborative approaches. A five-hospital group that teamed with a private company got the go-ahead to build in New York City.
Friday, May 31, 2013
The green light comes despite questions about whether the proton beam treatment is more effective than less expensive options. The two centers, about three miles apart, will compete for patients in the Washington area.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Local officials in Washington D.C., are on the verge of approving two high-tech radiation facilities for treating cancer at a total cost of $153 million. The treatment these hospitals would offer costs twice as much as standard radiation, but hasn't been shown to work any better for most cancers.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Law enforcement agencies are reporting an increase in health insurance scams across the country. Many of the scammers seem to be preying on the public's confusion over the massive changes taking place in the nation's health care system.