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Should insurance become like Walmart to lower costs?

Should insurance become like Walmart to lower costs?

By Jay Hancock Kaiser Health News Retail titan Walmart uses its market dominance to inflict “ruthless,” “brutal” and “relentless” pressure on prices charged by suppliers, business writers frequently report. What if huge health insurance companies could push down prices charged by hospitals and doctors in the same way? The idea is getting new attention as […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

California doctors and hospitals tussle over role of nurse-midwives

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News A California bill that would allow certified nurse-midwives to practice independently is pitting the state’s doctors against its hospitals, even though both sides support the main goal of the legislation. The California Hospital Association and the California Medical Association, which represents doctors, agree that nurse-midwives have the training and […]

August 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil. “I think it’s fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Frustrated you can’t find a therapists? They’re frustrated, too.

Frustrated you can’t find a therapists? They’re frustrated, too.

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News There are a lot of people suffering from a mental health condition who need therapy. And there are a lot of therapists who want to help them. But both sides believe the insurance companies that are supposed to bring them together are actually keeping them apart. Insurance companies, […]

July 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
For surgeons, talking about medical mistakes can be difficult, study finds

For surgeons, talking about medical mistakes can be difficult, study finds

By Zhai Yun Tan Kaiser Health News Dr. Thomas Gallagher has been through many tough conversations with patients. He remembers once standing in front of a patient and the patient’s family, preparing to tell them about a mistake that had occurred. “This is a topic I think about all the time and it was still […]

July 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Psychotherapists gravitate toward those who can pay

Psychotherapists gravitate toward those who can pay

By April Dembosky, KQED Kaiser Health News There’s something that really bothers Stanford psychiatry professor Keith Humphreys. When he thinks of all the years he spends training the next generation of psychiatrists, the enormous investment in medical school and residency, he wants them to devote that education to taking care of people with serious mental […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

Few young doctors training to care for the elderly

By Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Broadcasting Kaiser Health News At Edgewood Summit retirement community in Charleston, W.Va., 93-year-old Mary Mullens is waxing eloquent about her geriatrician, Dr. Todd Goldberg. “He’s sure got a lot to do,” she said, “and does it so well.” West Virginia has the third oldest population in the nation, right […]

July 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Inaccurate provider lists a major barrier to care, study

Inaccurate provider lists a major barrier to care, study

By Emily Bazar Kaiser Health News Provider directories for some health plans sold through Covered California and in the private market are so inaccurate that they create an “awful” situation for consumers trying to find doctors, according to the lead author of a new study published in the journal Health Affairs. In the study, “secret shoppers” […]

July 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Doctors quick to change practice for breast cancer patients, study

Doctors quick to change practice for breast cancer patients, study

By Michelle Andrews Kaiser Health News Doctors cling to comfortable, widely used medical practices, even if they’re no longer particularly effective, right? A new study disputes that popular perception. In the case of a particular breast cancer treatment at least, many physicians quickly abandoned it after a clinical trial showed it was ineffective.

July 8, 2016 | By | Reply More