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WNYC News

Financial 411: A New Plan for St. Vincent's Hospital

Thursday, March 10, 2011

St. Vincent's Hospital will re-open a medical facility, while selling most of the property for apartments.

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The Budgetary War on Women

Thursday, March 03, 2011

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When women feel unable to carry a pregnancy to term, they do seek termination services, even when those services are illegal, difficult to find or dangerous. So not only would we expect a rise in abortions, we might also expect a rise in negative outcomes for women’s health.

Melissa Harris-Perry, columnist at The Nation magazine and associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Researcher’s Quest to Understand Health Care

Monday, February 28, 2011

Dr. John E. Wennberg explains why the medical care Americans receive depends on their physicians and hospitals as much as it does on medical science or patient choice. His book Tracking Medicine: A Researcher’s Quest to Understand Health Care chronicles his 40-year study of medical variation across the country and its effects on the health of the individual patient, and discusses the nation’s long-term economic prospects.

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WNYC News

Medicaid Redesign Panel Mulls Cost-Saving Proposals

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The panel that Governor Andrew Cuomo assigned to find nearly $3 billion in Medicaid savings is now considering dozens of proposals, including one that would raise the requirements needed for hospital admissions and another that would limit coverage of brand-name prescription drugs.

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A Modest Proposal For Medicaid

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Before man had invented healthcare administrations run by the pharmaceutical-industrial complex, all he had were tough decisions. Do we leave grandpa, or carry him with us across the tundra? As time has moved on and man has become more advanced we have been able to allow grandpa some comfort in getting old, but now that our economic system is on the skids, it's time to look deep into the eyes of the elderly and tell them that tough decisions are coming.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC Medicaid Fraud?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The federal government is accusing New York City of keeping too many Medicaid patients at home as a way to cut expenses. New York Times reporter Anemona Hartocollis looks at the debate.

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WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, January 03, 2011

The New York Times' David Sanger discusses what's facing President Obama and the new 112th Congress in the new year.

WNYC News

Obama Signs Zadroga Act into Law

Sunday, January 02, 2011

President Barack Obama has taken a break from his Hawaiian vacation Sunday to sign into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Healthcare and Compensation Act. Congress passed the bill just before going on recess, 10 days ago.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: The Hidden Dangers and High Costs of Dialysis

Thursday, December 30, 2010

In 1972, Congress launched the nation’s most ambitious experiment in universal health care: virtually anyone diagnosed with kidney failure, regardless of age or income, was granted comprehensive coverage under Medicare for dialysis. Almost 40 years later, the costs of dialysis are the highest in the Western world--$77,000 per patient--as is the mortality rate. ProPublica's Robin Fields joins us to discuss her two-year investigation into the treatment options that dialysis patients face.

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End-of-Life Counseling Back from the Dead

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I think it’s important to remember that it’s really important for people to have these discussions, and I think that importance got totally lost in all that “death panel” business that was going on and the political hysteria that accompanied it.

Trudy Lieberman, contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review

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WNYC News

Harlem Hospital Doctors Tentatively Accept Contract

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Doctors who threatened to strike at Harlem Hospital will continue taking pulses, giving x-rays and performing surgery -- without a work stoppage. They voted Thursday to tentatively accept the public hospital's proposed contract.


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Harlem Hospital Braces for Possible Doctors Strike

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Unionized doctors at Harlem Hospital meet Thursday to decide whether to strike over the benefits package in a proposed contract.

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The Takeaway

Virginia Judge Rules Health Care Law Unconstitutional

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

District courts across the country are passing judgement on the Obama administration's health care reform legislation. Yesterday Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled the "individual mandate," that requires everyone to purchase health insurance, was unconstitutional. He says the government overstretched its powers under the Constitution's "Commerce Clause," which allows Congress to regulate individual conduct that affects the economy. Judge Hudson's ruling opens up the debate further, but how will it play in higher courts? 

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Top of the Hour: Judge Hudson Rules Against Health Care, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Virginia judge Henry E. Hudson ruled yesterday that the insurance mandate in the new health care legislation was unconstitutional. But President Obama seems unflappable in the face of the decision. Why? 

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WQXR News

Federal Judge Rules Against Health Care Law

Monday, December 13, 2010

A federal judge in Virginia has declared part of the nation's new health care law unconstitutional.

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Transportation Nation

A Plan for Reliable Transportation For Poor Montanans

Monday, December 06, 2010

(Billings, MT – Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – The provider of public health services for Montana’s largest community is moving most of its services to one campus. A lack of reliable transportation has hindered access to some programs spread across Billings.

Riverstone Health oversees the community health center that provides primary care to the uninsured or underserved in Billings. Many clients are low-income. The organization, formerly known as the Yellowstone City-County Health Department, is currently undergoing an expansion and renovation of its campus.

John Felton, Riverstone’s vice president of operations says the maternal health program -- Women, Infants, and Children -- will be moved to the community health center as part of renovation. “For one of us to get in the car and go a couple of miles is not a big deal if we have reliable transportation,” he says.

But for many of the center’s patients who would benefit from WIC, it is a burden to go to another location for services, he says, especially because it’s not along a bus route.

“When this project is complete, rather than getting in a car or finding a ride people will literally walk upstairs and they’ll be at the WIC program,” Felton says. He notes that Riverstone Health is located on Billings’ Southside in part because the U.S. Census has identified this area as lower-income.

“And one of the hallmarks of being low income,” he says, “is not having access to reliable transportation. So we’re on a bus line here and many of our patients walk.”

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WNYC News

City Trying New Way to Expand Organ Donor Pool

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A special emergency response unit will become the first in the country to help family members of the recently deceased authorize organ donation in a new way that could greatly expand the donor pool.

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WNYC News

HHC: The Musical!

Monday, November 29, 2010

New York City’s public hospital system is counting on New Yorkers who like to watch their share of House, Grey’s Anatomy and old MASH re-runs. They’re calling an upcoming music festival "Stat!," as in “Give me two units of plasma, stat!”

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WNYC News

New York's Top Earners from Seven Big Pharmaceutical Companies

Thursday, November 18, 2010

This list is based on data released by ProPublica on Oct. 19, 2010. They identified 384 health providers who earned more than $100,000 total from one or more of the following seven companies that have disclosed payments in 2009 and early 2010: Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, Cephalon and GlaxoSmithKline. ProPublica says it matched the payee records with licensed doctors and registered nurses. When a match could not be found, for example when a recipient was a pharmacist, ProPublica used other sources to confirm their identities. Read more about how ProPublica compiled this information here.

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WNYC News

Physicians on Pharma’s Payroll: Educators or Marketers?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thousands of physicians all over the country get paid by pharmaceutical companies to speak about brand-name medications. Some have made more than $300,000 in speaking fees in the last 18 months. And at least 1,500 of these speakers are licensed in New York.

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