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Staffing An Intensive Care Unit From Miles Away Has Advantages

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Some hospitals are using a remote command center to keep an eye on ICU patients. This brings the expertise of a major medical center to rural hospitals — and may help keep the rural centers open.

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Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Friday, May 01, 2015

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.

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Health System Took Control To Make Joint Replacement More Profitable

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Baptist Health System in San Antonio made money doing what used to be industry heresy: reducing patients' use of medical care.

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Expanding Medicaid Trims Hospitals' Costs Of Caring For Uninsured

Thursday, April 30, 2015

One aim of Obamacare was to ease the financial strain on nonprofit hospitals that provide medical care to people who lack insurance and can't pay their bills. That plan is working, hospitals say.

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Screening Tests For Breast Cancer Genes Just Got Cheaper

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A company has priced its test for mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer at $249 — far less than the thousands of dollars another firm charges. But is there a downside for the worried well?

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Californians Can Now Pay Cash For Health Insurance At 7-Eleven

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Many people who are eligible for federal health insurance subsidies don't have bank accounts, which makes it hard to pay premiums. A system in California lets them pay with cash at stores.

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Personalizing Cancer Treatment With Genetic Tests Can Be Tricky

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Genetic profiling of cancer cells can help guide treatment, but such profiles can be ambiguous. Results would be more accurate if all labs tested normal cells from each patient, too.

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Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has stayed much the same. Many schools are now retooling — focusing on teamwork — to train a different kind of doctor.

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Tracking Your Own Health Data Too Closely Can Make You Sick

Monday, April 06, 2015

Why not check bloodwork a few times a year as some celebrities advise? Because too much testing can lead to false positives (and abnormalities that don't threaten health) and to unnecessary treatment.

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When It Comes To Insurance, Mental Health Parity In Name Only?

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Many insurance providers that offer mental health care are supposed to cover it just as they would cancer or diabetes care. But advocates say enforcement is a problem.

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Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren't doing as well as they used to. There's more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.

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High-Deductible Health Plans Cut Costs, At Least For Now

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Health plans that require people to pay thousands of dollars up front cut costs in the first three years, a study finds. But no one knows if costs will rise later as people avoid preventive care.

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Even In Nursing, Men Earn More Than Women

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Almost all registered nurses are women, but men in the profession are paid more, a study finds. The differences were especially startling in outpatient settings and for nurse anesthetists.

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Morning Edition

Blue Shield Of California Loses Exemption From State Taxes

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The state's third largest insurer reportedly has $4.2 billion in financial reserves. The firm's former public policy director says the insurer is "unwilling or incapable" of serving the public good.

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Most NY Marketplace Plans Lack Out-Of-Network Coverage

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

With a few exceptions, all the policies sold on New York's health insurance marketplace won't pay for routine expenses from doctors or hospitals not in their networks.

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Feds Knew About Medicare Advantage Overcharges Years Ago

Friday, March 13, 2015

An unpublished government study from 2009 sounded alarm bells about the risk formula used to pay privately run Medicare insurance plans. Since then billions of dollars in waste have been documented.

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FDA Decision Signals New Competition For Some Of The Costliest Drugs

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Drugs made from proteins or antibodies are difficult for rival manufacturers to copy. The Food and Drug Administration just approved a copycat drug for cancer patients that shows it can be done.

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Sharing Patient Records Is Still A Digital Dilemma For Doctors

Friday, March 06, 2015

There's good news and bad news about electronic medical records. They're now in most doctors' offices — but most doctors still can't easily share them.

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Alleged Patient Safety Kickbacks Lead To $1 Million Settlement

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The Justice Department claimed patient safety celebrity Dr. Chuck Denham solicited payments from a medical products company to win a prestigious National Quality Forum endorsement for its antiseptic.

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Attention, Shoppers: Prices For 70 Health Care Procedures Now Online!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

It's not exactly Priceline.com for knee replacements. But a website from the nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute could helping patients shop around for the best values.

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