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The Leonard Lopate Show

When Doctors Don’t Listen

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dr. Leana Wen examines the doctor-patient relationship and argues that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, written with Joshua Kosowsky, uses real-life stories of bad diagnoses to show how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. They offer follow-up questions patients can incorporate into every visit to the doctor’s to get the best medical care.

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New Tech City

Big Money as Health Care Goes Digital

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Part of the growing effort to make healthcare more efficient is making it more digital. Some call this new industry "M-Health" or mobile health, others call it Health IT. But whatever you call it, it's an industry that's booming.

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WNYC News

Nuns, Grimm Face Off as National 'Bus' Tour Hits Staten Island

Monday, September 24, 2012

The so-called “Nuns on the Bus” took the ferry to Staten Island Monday to make the case against Rep. Michael Grimm – a New York Republican swept into office in 2010 with backing from the national tea party.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Medical Testing That Works

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One new study questions the effectiveness of ovarian cancer screening, and another has highlighted waste in the health care system. Denise Gradyreporter and health editor for the New York Times talks about how we can know what works when it comes to medical procedures.

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The Takeaway

Who Wants To Live Forever?

Friday, August 31, 2012

While it seems we don’t want to live much longer than we do now, advanced aging is looking more and more like a reality. With improved hygiene, nutrition and medical advances, the United Nations predicts that within the next century, it could be normal to live to 100 years old.

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WNYC News

Mt. Vernon Hospital Teeters on the Edge

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Another area hospital is struggling to keep its doors open. Mt. Vernon Hospital, which serves one of Westchester County’s poorest areas, may not have enough money to pay its bills.

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New Jersey News

Questioning Gov. Christie's Commitment to Transparency

Friday, August 10, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie's conditional veto of a financial disclosure bill for hospitals has healthcare advocates up in arms -- and doubting his public stand on transparency. They say the proposed transparency requirements are necessary to ensure that for-profit hospitals do not operate under a veil of secrecy that could endanger patients and workers by putting profit before both.

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The Takeaway

When New Doctors Meet Experienced Nurses

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New residents fresh out of medical school are said to be the cause of the "July Effect," where a drop in the quality of care and an increase in medical errors are reported. How do nurses fit in?

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On The Media

Introducing Joe Olivo

Friday, July 13, 2012

In the past few weeks, two NPR reporters have interviewed New Jersey small business owner Joe Olivo. What both reporters neglected to note was Olivo's affiliation with the lobbying organization The National Federation of Independent Business. Bob talks to Olivo, and NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos about whether disclosing Olivo's relationship with the NFIB was necessary context for listeners of those stories.

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WNYC News

Home Health Workers Win $1M Settlement

Monday, July 09, 2012

More than a thousand home health aides are expected to benefit from a $1 million dollar settlement of a class action lawsuit that charged the workers were regularly underpaid and companies flouted overtime rules.

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On The Media

First and Worst

Friday, July 06, 2012

When CNN incorrectly reported the fate of the individual mandate they fell into a long tradition of being first but not being right. Journalists have always wanted to report something first, but the benefits of doing so aren't clear -- especially for news consumers. Bob reports on the phenomenon and folly of being first.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Best Care Possible

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Palliative-care physician  Dr. Ira Byock argues that end-of-life care is one of the biggest national crises facing us today, and that politics has trumped reason when it comes to addressing the issue. In The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care through the End of Life Dr. Byock explains what palliative care is and why he believes we must reform our health care system and move past our cultural aversion to talking about death.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Care Evolution

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Robert H. Frank, The New York Times writer of “Economic View,” Cornell economics professor, and author of The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good, looks at how health insurance has evolved in the U.S. and what the Supreme Court's decision means for the future.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: How to Target Swing Voters After Health Care Decision

Monday, July 02, 2012

Swing voters didn't like what the Democrats were doing when they had the Senate, House and White House, we don't like what the Republicans have done with their expanded minority the last year and a half either.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Future of Health Care Costs After Supreme Court Upholds Law

Friday, June 29, 2012

The long wait is over.  The Supreme has ruled.  The health care law stands (mostly).

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The Rhetoric on Healthcare Reform

Thursday, June 28, 2012

On the heels of today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Propublica’s Charlie Ornstein and The Economist’s Charlotte Howard take a look back at the political talking points which engulfed what came to be known as “Obamacare.”

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The Takeaway

How Will Your Life Change Today?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Contributors speak about how their lives will change when the Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Health Care Act today.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Prep for Supreme Court Health Care Ruling

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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At the Brian Lehrer Show, we are bracing for various scenarios in Thursday’s health care ruling. Here’s what’s in the works, what you need to know, and one weird scenario to keep in mind...

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As you no doubt know, the Supreme Court has been somewhat cagey about their schedule. We know that opinions are released on Monday and Thursday mornings, but beyond that it’s a guessing game. Hence the many anxious mornings in June. But now that we’re at the end of the month, it’s a virtual certainty that we’ll get a decision on health reform around 10 a.m. Thursday. 10 a.m. is when the judges, after they get dressed in the “robing room”, begin to release information – but they first announce “orders” (what cases they will hear in the future) and then “opinions” (their judgments, read from the bench). Health care is one of three opinions on tap for Thursday, and expected to be announced third, so it may be closer to 10:20 before we have final word.

The Brian Lehrer Show begins at 10:06, so we’ll be recapping the basic arguments and the possible scenarios with health policy expert Michael Sparer of Columbia as we wait for information to trickle in. We’ll also have The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich on the steps of the Supreme Court, where there’s likely to be a lively scene of protesters and supporters of health care reform.

After we learn more about the judgment, we’ll do quick analysis of both the policy and political fallout with Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute, Paul Starr of Princeton, and many more.

What you need to know to get ready for the ruling below...

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The Takeaway

'Waiting' on the Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Many Americans cannot afford health insurance, and they have been flocking to hospital emergency rooms across the country, one of our society’s remaining “safety nets” for the poor and uninsured. As we anticipate tomorrow’s Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s universal health care law, those people are waiting on much more than a hospital visit.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Local Effects of Health Care Ruling

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WNYC reporter Fred Mogul looks ahead to how the Supreme Court's ruling on the health care law will affect the local area.

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