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Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

Despite a growing appetite for flat-fee ‘direct primary care,’ Qliance clinics shutter in Seattle

After a pioneering practice in Seattle shut its doors earlier this month, some question whether “direct primary care,” as it’s called, can succeed.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Descent into secrecy: Senate health talks speak to steady retreat from transparency

Descent into secrecy: Senate health talks speak to steady retreat from transparency

The extreme secrecy is without precedent, at least in creating health law. Still, it’s not hard to see how we got here — and there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around.

June 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Explosion of tattooing, piercing tests state regulators

Explosion of tattooing, piercing tests state regulators

Health officials worry that unregulated body art studios may not follow safe practices, which can lead to scarring, nerve damage and infections, including hepatitis C, the leading cause of liver cancer in the U.S.

June 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Quantity over quality? Minorities shown to get an excess in ineffective care

Quantity over quality? Minorities shown to get an excess in ineffective care

Minority patients face a double whammy: Not only are they more likely to miss out on effective medical treatments than white patients, but they’re also more likely to receive an abundance of ineffective services.

June 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

Hospitals tapping lawyers to help with patients’ legal needs

As health care systems continue to shift toward becoming comprehensive medical homes for patients, health care providers are increasingly incorporating lawyers into the team of professionals who are on hand to help people at no additional charge to patients.

June 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

GOP health bill pleases most Republicans, but not many other Americans

The health overhaul bill passed by the House earlier this month accomplishes one major feat: It is even less popular than the not-very-popular Affordable Care Act it would largely replace, a new poll finds.

May 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
Three strategies to defend GOP health bill: Euphemisms, false statements and deleted comments | Viewpoint

Three strategies to defend GOP health bill: Euphemisms, false statements and deleted comments | Viewpoint

Lawmakers are misleading their constituents about health with three main tactics: providing incorrect information, using euphemisms for the impact of their actions, and deleting comments critical of their actions.

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
Needless medical tests not only waste billions — They can do harm

Needless medical tests not only waste billions — They can do harm

Some experts estimate that at least $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment. This overly aggressive care also can harm patients, generating mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year.

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health debate heats up in Montana in this week’s special election

Health debate heats up in Montana in this week’s special election

Montana’s one and only seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs, and in the final weekend before Thursday’s special election, the underdog Democrat was hammering the Republican health care bill in TV ads.

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

Changes in visa program puts foreign-born doctors in limbo

For parts of the country that have difficulty attracting American-born doctors, the uncertainty swirling around the H-1B program is already creating problems, with doctors tied up in legal uncertainty rather than treating patients.

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More