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The Brian Lehrer Show

How LBJ's 'Great Society' Came To Be

Friday, April 17, 2015

Princeton professor Julian Zelizer talks about the forces that helped shape the legislation that President Johnson labeled the 'Great Society.'

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Catching Up With Rep. Jeffries

Friday, March 27, 2015

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries talks about his recent bi-partisan legislation, plus the continuing delay in confirming Brooklyn's Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General.

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The Takeaway

Boehner and Pelosi Team Up on Medicare

Friday, March 20, 2015

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will work together to fix Medicare. But how will it play out in the Tea Party caucus?

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WNYC News

Revolving Doors for Patients Spin Fastest at NJ, CT and NY Hospitals

Thursday, October 02, 2014

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More of them are getting Medicare penalties than almost any place else in the nation.

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Medicare Taken for a Ride by Ambulance Companies in New Jersey

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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A ProPublica analysis has found that the Garden State costs Medicare more than any other state for ambulance rides per kidney dialysis patient.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sifting the Medicare Data

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thanks to a Wall Street Journal lawsuit, Medicare released details on how much individual doctors were reimbursed for the year 2012 in a searchable database.  Melinda Beck, health reporter for the Journal, talks about what we've learned so far from the Medicare data. What are consumers and doctors finding out about patient care and billing practices?  Call in and share your findings at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

 

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The Takeaway

House Passes Last Minute 'Doc Fix' Bill

Friday, March 28, 2014

Through a controversial and surprise voice vote, the House passed legislation yesterday that temporarily patches up Medicare physician payments. The bill now goes to the Senate, which has until Monday to act before doctors face a 24 percent cut in Medicare payments.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Expanding Medicaid, But Limited Care Options

Friday, January 03, 2014

As millions of people get healthcare coverage through the Medicaid expansion, will there be enough doctors to go around? WNYC reporters Jessica Gould and Fred Mogul discuss this change through the Affordable Care Act, as well as the news today (reported in Science) that when Medicaid expanded in Oregon, emergency room use went up -- not down.

Doctors: do you accept Medicare/Medicaid? Why or why not? And patients: are you finding doctors that do accept Medicare/Medicaid? Call in and tell us at 212-433-9692, or leave your comment below. 

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The Takeaway

Congress Pushes for Medicare S.G.R. Reform

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

This year, Congress is determined to find a permanent solution for the dysfunctional Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate, otherwise known as the S.G.R. Enacted as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997,the S.G.R. was intended to restrain Medicare’s spending on physician services, but it hasn’t exactly worked as planned. Joining The Takeaway to explain is Jennifer Haberkorn, health care reporter for Politico, and Dr. Reid Blackwelder, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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The Takeaway

As Hours Wane, Can Congress Get Productive?

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

So far, Congress has only passed 52 new laws this year—the fewest in the post-World War II era—and there are only a handful of days left before the close of this historically ineffective Congressional session. Is it possible to inject some productivity into this Congress as the hours wane? Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, checks in to discuss what needs to happen before 2013 comes to a close.

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WNYC News

At One Brooklyn Address, $1.8 Million Wasted

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hundreds of millions of dollars a year were being wasted by Medicare — all because a small percentage of doctors prescribe name-brand drugs instead of lower-cost generics. In New York City, these doctors could save Medicare over $50 million a year. WNYC teamed up with ProPublica to find out - why?

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The Takeaway

Does Medicare Part D Care About Safety?

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ten years ago, Medicare Part D was added to existing coverage for seniors and the disabled. It offered unprecedented access to prescription drugs. But a new investigation by ProPublica Senior Reporter Tracy Weber and her colleagues shows that the program is rife with abuses, mis-uses, and an enormous lack of transparency.

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The Takeaway

The IRS Scandal: The Criminal Investigation, Afghanistan and the Struggle to Walk Away, Does Medicare Part D Care About Safety?

Monday, May 20, 2013

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WNYC News

How the Fiscal Cliff Affects Area Hospitals

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The fiscal deal that the President and Congress struck last night averts tax increases for millions of Americans. But it also means major cuts could be coming to hospitals — especially those that rely largely on Medicaid and other public dollars.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Changing the Medicare Age

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Avik Roy, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and writer of The Apothecary blog on healthcare policy for Forbes, discusses the politics of fiscal cliff proposals to change the Medicare eligibility age, and how much money it would actually save.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

All the Options

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The MTA is mulling options for a fare hike. Pete Donahue of The Daily News explains what’s on the horizon. Plus: Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute on what it would mean to change the Medicare eligibility age; Radio Rookie Bree Person talks about sickle cell anemia and Dr. Suzette Oyeku of Montefiore talks about developments in treatment; how parents navigate digital tech for their kids; and all the reasons to love New York.

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WATCH | President Obama Addresses 'Fiscal Cliff'

Friday, November 09, 2012

At 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, President Obama will make his first comments on economic policy since the election. The president is expected to address the "fiscal cliff" the nation will face in January.

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Opinion: The Real Reason Ryan Was the Empty Suit in the Veep Debate

Friday, October 12, 2012

Let's remember that Ryan was weak not only because he was backing away from a Biden onslaught, but because he was backing away from his own ideas.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Big Health

Thursday, October 11, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The relationship between the federal government and the health care industry. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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Opinion: So What? It Doesn't Matter that Obama Lost the First Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

in the average election year, you can accurately predict where the race will stand after the debates by knowing the state of the race before the debates.

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