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Guess who pays the price when hospital giants hire your private practitioner?

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Guess who pays the price when hospital giants hire your private practitioner?

Large doctor practices, many owned by hospitals, exceed federal guidelines for market concentration in more than a fifth of the areas studied. But the mergers are typically far too small for federal antitrust authorities to notice.

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Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Scientific evidence supporting an absolute need to immunize against meningitis B still falls short. The risk of contracting it is smaller than that of being involved in a car crash. But the headlines prompted by those 13 campus cases — which resulted in one death and one double amputation — helped reshape the financial prospects for a vaccine.

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Largest Assisted Living Chain In U.S. Sued For Poor Care Of Elderly

September 7, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Largest Assisted Living Chain In U.S. Sued For Poor Care Of Elderly

Lawsuit alleges residents were “ left without assistance for hours after falling, they are given the wrong medications, they are denied clean clothing, showers, and nutritious food, and they are left in their own waste for long periods of time.”

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Stressed Caregivers: The ‘Pop Drop’ Phenomenon

September 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Stressed Caregivers: The ‘Pop Drop’ Phenomenon

Emergency room staff call it a “pop drop” — when a disabled older person comes in for medical attention, but it also seems as if the at-home caregiver who brought the patient there is simply seeking a break.

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How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How we can find common ground on health care – Sen. Patty Murray

Democrats and Republicans actually agree on many solutions when it comes to stabilizing markets and preventing premium increases. Rather than wasting time on issues that divide us, we should prioritize finding common ground and moving the ball in the right direction.

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How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

A new study finds that 22 percent of markets for primary care doctors, surgeons, cardiologists and other specialties were “highly concentrated” in 2013. That means that a lack of competitors substantially increased those doctors’ ability to raise prices without losing customers.

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What our 18 year life expectancy gap between our neighborhoods tells us – Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin: 

September 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
What our 18 year life expectancy gap between our neighborhoods tells us – Q&A with Dr. Jeff Duchin: 

Within King County there is a 18-year difference in life expectancy for men and a 14-year difference for women between the neighborhoods.

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The secret to chronic happiness as you age

September 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
The secret to chronic happiness as you age

The real key to happiness at every age and stage — particularly old age — is not material things, but gratitude for life’s simple blessings, like laughter among friends or watching a sunset with a loved one.

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Why one California county went surgery shopping

September 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why one California county went surgery shopping

Fed up with wildly different price tags for routine operations, some private employers are steering patients they insure to top-performing providers who offer bargain prices.

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Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey causes a host of public health concerns

Raw sewage, dead bodies in the water and release of dangerous chemicals into the floodwaters could lead to the spread of disease through contact with contaminated water and to infection through open wounds.

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