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Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

Rural doctors’ training may be in jeopardy

At the end of September, the US government will stop funding the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program, part of the Affordable Care Act , which supports nearly 750 primary care residents in 27 states and Washington, D.C. Without congressional action, it might be shut down.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health care in America: An employment bonanza and a runaway-cost crisis

Health care in America: An employment bonanza and a runaway-cost crisis

The country has grown increasingly dependent on the health sector to power the economy — and it will be a tough habit to break. Thirty-five percent of the nation’s job growth has come from health care since the recession hit in late 2007, the single-biggest sector for job creation.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Conservatives’ goal to relax mandatory benefits unlikely to tame premiums

Conservatives’ goal to relax mandatory benefits unlikely to tame premiums

At the heart of the GOP plans include eliminating mandatory benefits, including hospital care, doctor and outpatient visits and prescription drug coverage, along with things like maternity care, mental health and preventive care service.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nonprofit linked to PhRMA rolls out campaign to block drug imports

Nonprofit linked to PhRMA rolls out campaign to block drug imports

A nonprofit organization that has orchestrated a wide-reaching campaign against foreign drug imports has deep ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the powerhouse lobbying group.

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
In remote Idaho, a tiny facility lights the way for stressed rural hospitals

In remote Idaho, a tiny facility lights the way for stressed rural hospitals

Lost Rivers Medical Center got a dramatic reboot when new management secured financing to help pay for more advanced technology, upgraded facilities and expanded services, brought in more rotating specialists, started using telemedicine to connect the hospital to experts elsewhere.

April 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mark ups can fatten hospital budgets, even if few patients foot the full bill

Mark ups can fatten hospital budgets, even if few patients foot the full bill

By Chad Terhune Kaiser Health News Few patients pay a hospital’s full price for a procedure or test. But a new study shows why those charges still matter. Economists at the Federal Reserve Board and the American Enterprise Institute found that list prices, often dismissed as meaningless by the hospital industry, are a critical gauge […]

April 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
On health reform, Democrats and Republicans don’t speak the same language

On health reform, Democrats and Republicans don’t speak the same language

By Charles Ornstein and Derek Willis ProPublica Turns out that Democrats have more to say than Republicans when it comes to legislation that would repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. With the House set to vote today on the Republican replacement plan, called the American Health Care Act, we […]

March 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
On Medicaid money, GOP has a win-or-lose proposition for states

On Medicaid money, GOP has a win-or-lose proposition for states

By Phil Galewitz Kaiser Health News New England’s bucolic countryside looks much the same on either side of the Connecticut River separating Vermont from New Hampshire. But Medicaid beneficiaries are far better off in Vermont. Vermont generously funds its Medicaid program. It provides better benefits, such as dental care, and pays doctors more than New Hampshire’s […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

Cholesterol drug prevents heart attacks — but doesn’t come cheap

By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News WASHINGTON — For the first time, research shows that a pricey new medication called Repatha not only dramatically lowers LDL cholesterol, the “bad cholesterol,” it also reduces patients’ risk of dying or being hospitalized. Repatha, a man-made antibody also known as evolocumab, cut the combined risk of heart attack, […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers call Trump’s proposed NIH cuts ‘shocking’

Researchers call Trump’s proposed NIH cuts ‘shocking’

By Elaine Korry Kaiser Health News An estimated $5.8 billion in cuts to the National Institutes of Health in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget has California’s top universities and medical institutions sounding the alarm. Trump’s spending plan — running into opposition from Republicans and Democrats alike — would cut about 20 percent of the roughly […]

March 18, 2017 | By | Reply More