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Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success

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.

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Avoid The Rush! Some ERs Are Taking Appointments

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nobody looks forward to sitting in the waiting room. So some hospitals are trying to improve customer satisfaction by offering online appointments. The pitch: "Wait for the ER from home."

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A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare's Fate In 2 States

Friday, September 19, 2014

Where have the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act struggled the most? The answer lies in commerce, not politics.

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Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

So, you want to be a science professor? Good luck. Highly educated, relatively low-paid postdoctoral fellows may drive U.S. biomedical research, but they're training for jobs that don't exist.

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When Scientists Give Up

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

They were talented, idealistic risk-takers on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk-takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.

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U.S. Science Suffering From Booms And Busts In Funding

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The federal budget for bioscience has undergone big swings since 2000. Some scientists are now out of work and others are abandoning the ambitious, creative ideas that fuel discovery.

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Drugstore Chain CVS Kicks Tobacco Habit A Month Early

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

In February, CVS said it would stop selling tobacco products, despite the profits they brought the company. Now cigarettes in the company's stores are history.

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Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The ALS Association has raised more than $94 million in recent weeks via its online ice bucket challenge โ€” compared with $2.7 million this time last year. Now what?

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Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.

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Would A Prize Help Speed Development Of Ebola Treatments?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Even though the current outbreak in West Africa has become the largest ever, Ebola isn't the most attractive business proposition for drugmakers. The right financial incentives might change that.

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Fresh Air

Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

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Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.

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Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.

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Colorado Case Puts Workplace Drug Policies To The Test

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The urine test employers typically use to detect marijuana picks up cannabis smoked or swallowed days or weeks earlier. Should firms be allowed to fire workers who legally use marijuana at home?

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Hospitals And Health Plans See The Future Very Differently

Monday, August 04, 2014

Are we going back to the bad old days of big increases in health care spending or is the modest boost of recent years here to stay? It really depends on who you ask โ€” insurers or hospitals.

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Two Doctors Weigh Whether To Accept Obamacare Plans

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Fears of a medical system that favors the wealthy grow as some doctors reject Affordable Care Act insurance. Insurers need to balance the need to offer consumers low rates and paying doctors enough.

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California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

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Employer Health Costs Are Expected To Rise In 2015

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Although medical costs will increase as the economy improves, the shift of expenses to workers by employers will help restrain the overall cost of care a little.

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Pharmaceutical Companies Accuse Hospitals Of Misusing Discounts

Monday, June 23, 2014

Drugmakers offer medicines at a bargain price to hospitals that treat large numbers of poor patients. Hospitals sometimes resell the drugs at full price and make hefty profits.

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