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Michelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews appears in the following:

Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were 'Artisans'

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, author of a book examining the drive toward standardized quality measures and checklists, says he fears medicine is becoming just another job and not the calling it should be.

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People With HIV Are Less Likely To Get Needed Cancer Treatment

Friday, May 20, 2016

A third of patients with HIV and lung cancer failed to receive treatment for the cancer, compared with 14 percent of those who were HIV-negative. It's one example among many of disparate treatment.

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Insurers Leaving An Exchange May Still Sell Individual Plans

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Some insurers continue to sell coverage to individuals on the open market even after deciding to exit the health law's marketplaces.

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More Low-Income Kids Now Have Health Coverage

Friday, May 13, 2016

The expansion of Medicaid and continued enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program have boosted the proportion of eligible kids with health coverage to 91 percent, a study finds.

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Critical Drugs For Hospital ERs Remain In Short Supply

Monday, May 02, 2016

The shortages for hospital emergency rooms have persisted even after Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration more power in 2012 to respond when drug supplies are low.

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Ruling May Help Patients Keep More Of The Winnings When They Sue

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

When someone's been hurt and gets cash as part of a legal decision, health plans routinely demand to be reimbursed for medical costs they covered. But a Supreme Court ruling may hinder that strategy.

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More Marketplace Health Plans Ease Access To Some Expensive Drugs

Friday, April 22, 2016

Complaints from patient groups and increased regulatory oversight appear to be leading to changes in the way some marketplace health plans cover expensive drugs.

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For The Insured But Cash-Strapped, Free Health Clinics Still Have A Place

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Although many people thought the federal health law would reduce the need for free clinics, low-income people with high deductibles and copays still frequent the clinics for routine care.

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Even With Insurance Parity Rules, Counseling May Count As Specialty Care

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Federal law requires most insurers to provide parity between mental health and medical benefits, but that doesn't necessarily mean that regular counseling will come with a low copayment.

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How Patients' Reports On Their Health Can Help Doctors Do A Better Job

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Doctors and other health providers are slowly adding patients' self-reports to the tests and exams used to make decisions about care.

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On The Rise: Workers' Desire For Raises Over Health Benefits

Friday, April 01, 2016

A survey finds that the number of workers who say they would give up some health benefits to get a pay raise has increased to 20 percent from 10 percent in 2012.

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Buying Costly Drugs On The Installment Plan: Could It Work?

Monday, March 28, 2016

Two academics suggest that loans financed by the private sector could be one way to help patients cover the cost of expensive, curative pharmaceuticals. Think mortgages.

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Feds' Plan To Ease Privacy Rules On Addiction Treatment Spurs Debate

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Current guidelines require patients to specify who gets information about their care. But advocates of change say that restriction is out of step with the world of electronic medical records.

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Seniors Face Higher Drug Costs As Coinsurance Becomes More Common

Friday, March 18, 2016

How coinsurance hurts: If a drug costs $200, a patient may owe 20 percent of the cost, or $40, instead of a flat copayment of $20. The higher the cost of the drug, the bigger the coinsurance bite.

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For Divorced Couples, Separate Plans OK To Repay Health Law Tax Credits

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service will evenly divvy up the amount divorced or legally separated spouses owe if they have to repay an insurance tax credit โ€” unless they agree to a different arrangement.

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Guideline Group, Eye Doctors Disagree On Vision Tests For Seniors

Friday, March 11, 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says there isn't enough evidence to know whether vision screening given by primary care doctors benefits patients.

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Health Care For Seniors Often Goes Beyond Their Desires

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

As people get older, their health care goals may shift from living as long as possible to maintaining a good quality of life: quality over quantity.

In many cases, the medical treatment older people receive often doesn't reflect this change in priorities.

A wide-ranging report from the Dartmouth Atlas ...

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Study Finds Most Young Men Aren't Aware Of Emergency Contraception

Friday, February 26, 2016

Less than half of young men have heard of emergency contraception, a recent study found, even though it's available over the counter at drug stores and is effective at preventing pregnancy after sex.

The study, published in the March issue of Journal of Adolescent Health, analyzed survey responses by ...

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More Rural Hospitals Are Closing Their Maternity Units

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A few years ago, when a young woman delivered her baby at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, N.C., it was in the middle of a Valentine's Day ice storm and the mountain roads out of town were impassable. The delivery was routine, but the baby girl had trouble breathing because ...

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Taxpayers Confused By Late Health Law Forms

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

As the 2015 tax filing season gets underway, tax preparers said a delay in health law tax forms is tripping up some consumers, while others want details about exemptions from increasingly stiff penalties for not having insurance.

Under the law, most people must have health insurance or pay a ...

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