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‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

Some Medicare beneficiaries are being prescribed opioids by 10 or more doctors, or are filling prescriptions for more than 1,000 pills a month. Hundreds of doctors appear to be prescribing indiscriminately, says the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

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Nursing homes move into the insurance business

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

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Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

July 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

The controversial practice of ‘double booking’ has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery.

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Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why more states are getting serious about sunscreen

In the past four months, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Utah and Washington have enacted laws declaring students may use sunscreen in school and at after-school activities, no doctor’s note required.

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Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

July 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid cuts could upend rural health services

Republican bills to replace the federal health law would worsen rural areas’ financial straits through reductions in Medicaid funding. Patient advocates predict that would lead to fewer enrollees, more shutdowns of rural facilities, reduced payments to doctors and fewer programs for people with health needs or disabilities.

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Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

There is scant evidence this new approach lowers costs. Pharmaceutical companies still set the drug’s list price and have to agree to the criteria upon which they will be measured. Moreover, the savings don’t always trickle down to consumers.

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STD rates double in Snohomish County over five years.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
STD rates double in Snohomish County over five years.

Snohomish County has had a 40 percent increase in chlamydia, a 112 percent increase in syphilis, and a 243 percent increase in gonorrhea.

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Researchers use smartphone data to gauge physical activity worldwide

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers use smartphone data to gauge physical activity worldwide

Globally, the average user recorded about 5,000 steps per day. But amount of activity often varied greatly within countries, with greater inequality being linked to higher rates of obesity.

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Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why market competition has not brought down health care costs – Viewpoint

Compared with Canada’s single payer system, American doctors and hospitals have nearly twice as many administrative staff workers. So whether the ACA remains in force or it’s replaced by something else, I believe we won’t be able to control health costs until we revamp the system with something like single payer.

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Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Palliative care has been shown to increase patients’ satisfaction with the care they receive and to save on medical expenses. But despite dramatic growth in the number of hospitals providing such care over the last decade, full palliative care services remain unavailable to many patients.

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