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Small Businesses Drop Coverage As Health Law Offers Alternatives

Monday, December 15, 2014

Subsidies created by the health law to help workers buy their own coverage and steady increases in companies' insurance costs have made it easier for them to decide to discontinue health insurance.

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Making The Human Condition Computable

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Technological advances are making it easier for you and your doctor to track your health and to find treatments for complex diseases. But the technology may be costly and there are privacy pitfalls.

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School District Pays For Health Care But Can't Get Itemized Bill

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Large employers like the Miami-Dade school district pay for employees' health insurance, but are often forbidden from knowing how much providers charge and insurers pay for care.

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Administration Warns Employers: Don't Dump Sick Workers From Plans

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brokers and consultants have told large employers they could save money by shifting workers with expensive health conditions into insurance marketplace exchanges. Now that has been deemed illegal.

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Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration priority review voucher comes from a Canadian company that got it by developing a drug for leishmaniasis, a disease long neglected by pharmaceutical companies.

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Morning Edition

Doctor Shortage Looming? Maybe Not

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Physicians have been warning for years about a coming shortage of primary care doctors. But others say primary care teams that include other types of health workers might fill the gap better.

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In California, That MRI Will Cost You $255 — Or Maybe $6,221

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's almost impossible to comparison shop for medical tests and procedures. A crowdsourcing experiment by two NPR member stations in California is aimed at making those numbers less mysterious.

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They Paid How Much? How Negotiated Deals Hide Health Care's Cost

Saturday, November 15, 2014

A patient's portion of a health care bill is the result of a complicated equation. But it's simple compared to the variety of deals insurers negotiate with hospitals and doctors.

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All Things Considered

Surprise Medical Bills: ER Is In Network, But Doctor Isn't

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

When Jennifer Hopper's husband was hit in the eye with a baseball, she rushed him to a hospital she knew was within their insurance plan. Then the ER doctor sent her an extra bill for more than $700.

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All Things Considered

Kidney Dialysis Company Expands Into The Hospital Business

Monday, November 10, 2014

DaVita HealthCare partners, a provider of dialysis for kidney patients, says its expertise working with very sick patients can help hospitals expand into wellness and prevention.

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All Things Considered

How Much Is That MRI, Really? Massachusetts Shines A Light

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

A state law now requires insurers to reveal prices of their medical tests, and the variation is amazing, bargain hunters say. An MRI of the back is $614 at one place, $1,800 at another.

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All Things Considered

Home Health Workers Struggle For Better Pay And Health Insurance

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Home health care aides often toil for low pay and in jobs without benefits, including health insurance. A million more home health care workers will be needed to meet demand over the next decade.

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All Things Considered

California Nurses' Union Pulls Ebola Into Contract Talks

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ebola training, staffing and protective gear are bargaining chips as nurses in California hammer out a new contract with Kaiser Permanente. Their requests mirror the concerns of nurses nationwide.

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Slippery When Coated: Helping Medical Devices Prevent Blood Clots

Sunday, October 12, 2014

When blood flows over an artificial surface, whether it's an implanted pacemaker or tubing for a dialysis machine, there's an increased risk that a dangerous clot will form.

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All Things Considered

Proton Center Closure Doesn't Slow New Construction

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.

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5 Things We Learned From New Database Of Payments To Doctors

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Royalty and licensing payments accounted for almost a third of the amount paid to doctors by drug and device companies. The total exceeded the amount spent on speeches, consulting and meals.

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Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies' ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.

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All Things Considered

4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

Monday, September 29, 2014

American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?

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Debate Grows Over Employer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits

Friday, September 26, 2014

A federal calculator that companies use to certify whether their health insurance complies with the Affordable Care Act appears to bless plans without hospital coverage.

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Morning Edition

To Prevent Repeat Hospitalizations, Talk To Patients

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Part of each hospital's income now hinges on keeping patients with chronic conditions healthier outside the hospital. One medical center has hired nurses and social workers to act as health coaches.

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