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Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

Spike in rates of pregnancy-related deaths spurs soul-searching in Texas

By Nina Martin ProPublica Last week, researchers studying maternal mortality in the U.S. reported an ominous trend: The rate of pregnancy-related deaths in Texas seemed to have doubled since 2010, making the Lone Star State one of the most dangerous places in the developed world to have a baby. Reproductive health advocates were quick to […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
House calls may save Medicaid money

House calls may save Medicaid money

By Michael Ollove Kaiser Health News Doctors who make house calls may seem like something from America’s Norman Rockwell past. But they never disappeared entirely, and there is new evidence that home visits can play an important role in providing health care to the aged and chronically ill — while saving taxpayers millions. The federal […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Does Medicare’s new payment system threaten small practices?

Does Medicare’s new payment system threaten small practices?

Doctors Raise Concerns For Small Practices In Medicare’s New Payment System By Stephen Findlay Kaiser Health News Dr. Lee Gross is worried. He has practiced family medicine in North Port, Florida, near Sarasota, for 14 years. But he and two partners are the last small, independent practice in the town of 62,000. Everyone else has […]

August 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
Washington state first in nation to approve patient decision aids

Washington state first in nation to approve patient decision aids

From the Washington Health Care Authority Rena Ortigoza had an important decision to make and she couldn’t put it off for long. The Kirkland mom and her husband were expecting their third child, a boy. Her first child had been delivered surgically, by cesarean section. But two years later, when her second child was born, […]

August 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

Drug and device makers pay thousands of docs with disciplinary records – ProPublica

By Jessica Huseman ProPublica Pharmaceutical and medical device companies are continuing to pay doctors as promotional speakers and expert advisers even after they’ve been disciplined for serious misconduct, according to an analysis by ProPublica. One such company is medical device maker Stryker Corp. In June 2015, New York’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct accused orthopedic […]

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Harried doctors can make diagnostic errors: They need time to think

Harried doctors can make diagnostic errors: They need time to think

By Vineet Chopra, assistant professor of internal Medicine and research scientist, and Sanjay Saint, professor of medicine, University of Michigan From TheConversation.com When a person goes to the doctor, there’s usually one thing they want: a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is made, a path toward wellness can begin. In some cases, diagnoses are fairly obvious. But […]

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Government-protected ‘monopolies’ drive drug prices higher, study

Government-protected ‘monopolies’ drive drug prices higher, study

By Sydney Lupkin Kaiser Health News The “most important factor” that drives prescription drug prices higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world is the existence of government-protected “monopoly” rights for drug manufacturers, researchers at Harvard Medical School report today. The researchers reviewed thousands of studies published from January 2005 through July […]

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Hidden exclusions leave gaps in women’s care – study

Hidden exclusions leave gaps in women’s care – study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Buried in the fine print of many marketplace health plan documents is language that allows them to refuse to cover a range of services, many of which disproportionately affect women, a recent study found. It’s unclear the extent to which these coverage “exclusions” have prevented patients from getting needed treatments. An […]

August 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions, but had lower costs

People with Obamacare plans filled more prescriptions, but had lower costs

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News The 2010 health law was meant to expand insurance coverage so that Americans could get medical care they would otherwise go without — and not spend a fortune doing so. Though it’s still early, new evidence suggests this scenario is playing out. Research published online by Health Affairs Wednesday examines […]

August 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Providers try Uber and Lyft for patients who need a ride

Providers try Uber and Lyft for patients who need a ride

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News Edith Stowe, 83, waited patiently on a recent afternoon at the bus stop outside MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the District of Columbia. It’s become routine for her, but that doesn’t make it any easier. Stowe, who lives about five miles from the hospital, comes into the medical […]

August 17, 2016 | By | Reply More