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Washington ranked 10th best state for nurses

Washington ranked 10th best state for nurses

The financial website WalletHub has ranked Washington the 10th best state for nurses based on an analysis that included salaries, job opportunities and work environment. Wisconsin was ranked No. 1. Hawaii, 50th and the District of Columbia, 51st.

May 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
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
Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who also has a federal license to prescribe it. The problem is, half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single physician with a license to prescribe buprenorphine.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
For doctors, a clamp down on visas could have an uneven effect in the US

For doctors, a clamp down on visas could have an uneven effect in the US

Limiting the number of foreign doctors who can get visas to practice in the United States could have a significant impact on certain hospitals and states that rely on them.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two words can soothe patients who have been harmed: We’re sorry

Two words can soothe patients who have been harmed: We’re sorry

By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News When Donna Helen Crisp, a 59-year-old nursing professor, entered a North Carolina teaching hospital for a routine hysterectomy in 2007, she expected to come home the next day. Instead, Crisp spent weeks in a coma and underwent five surgeries to correct a near-fatal cascade of medical errors that […]

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
For new Medicaid patients: the doctor is in (generally), but you may have to wait.

For new Medicaid patients: the doctor is in (generally), but you may have to wait.

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News More than 14 million adults have enrolled in Medicaid since the health law passed, and that has caused some hand-wringing over whether there would be enough primary care providers to meet the demand. But a study out this week suggests that the newly insured people are generally able to get timely appointments […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Vermont experiment aims for healthier patients, lower costs

Vermont experiment aims for healthier patients, lower costs

By Michael Ollove Stateline MONTPELIER, Vt. — This tiny state, with a population more rural and less diverse than the country as a whole, is embarking on an experiment that could transform the delivery of health care nationwide. Traditionally, doctors and hospitals are paid for each procedure, treatment or test they provide. But critics say […]

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
US doctors’ group draws up 10 ‘key questions’ for lawmakers working on health care reform

US doctors’ group draws up 10 ‘key questions’ for lawmakers working on health care reform

In a letter to the leaders of the US House of Representatives and Senate, the American College of Physicians called on the lawmakers to ask 10 “key questions” when considering any legislation that would alter the coverage and consumer protections provided by the Affordable Care Act. The letter also provided the college’s recommendations on four issues: […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Advocates of flat-fee primary care see opening in GOP’s market-driven approach

Advocates of flat-fee primary care see opening in GOP’s market-driven approach

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Back in the day, people paid for routine primary care on their own and used insurance only when something serious came up. Some primary care doctors are betting that model can thrive again through a monthly subscription for routine care and a high-deductible insurance policy to take care of […]

February 28, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
What is “Community Checkup” – Washington Health Alliance explains

What is “Community Checkup” – Washington Health Alliance explains

There is a lot of variation in health care. Variation is a sign that some people are receiving the care they should, but others are not. The Community Checkup measures the quality of health care across our state and is your resource for understanding health care value in Washington state. To learn more go to […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More