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

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Social media is not to blame for depression in young people

By Niall McCrae, Lecturer in Mental Health, King’s College London, London, UK For all we hear about an escalation in mental health problems in adolescence, there is no persuasive evidence that the internet is to blame. My colleagues and I recently conducted a systematic review of the evidence and found only a weak correlation between teenagers’ […]

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Top neurosurgeon Johnny Delashaw resigns from Swedish | The Seattle Times

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Top neurosurgeon Johnny Delashaw resigns from Swedish | The Seattle Times

The high-producing neurosurgeon who has led a dramatic shift in the business at Swedish Health has resigned, officials said Wednesday, less than three weeks after a Seattle Times investigation exposed widespread concerns about his practices. Source: Top neurosurgeon Johnny Delashaw resigns from Swedish | The Seattle Times

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Vermont experiment aims for healthier patients, lower costs

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
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 […]

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Spike in syphilis in newborns driven by broader epidemic

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Spike in syphilis in newborns driven by broader epidemic

By Anna Gorman Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Neonatologist Gurvir Khurana had only read about it in textbooks. Seeing it in real life has been a shock: baby after baby born severely anemic, lungs filled with fluid, bodies covered with rashes. Some only lived minutes; others died within days […]

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Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

By Emily Kopp Kaiser Health News High-profile advocacy groups for patients with cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV and other diseases almost always accept funding from pharmaceutical firms, and many fail to report any contributions, new research shows. At least 83 percent of the nation’s 104 largest patient advocacy groups take contributions from the drug, medical device and […]

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Health insurance: What if you could take it with you?

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Health insurance: What if you could take it with you?

By Julie Appleby Kaiser Health News Republican leaders such as House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady of Texas have promoted the idea that consumers should have a “health care backpack,” which would make it possible to take insurance from job to job or when moving, starting a business or retiring. The […]

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

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
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: […]

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Trump’s address to Congress: Expert reaction

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s address to Congress: Expert reaction

The president’s comments on health reform begins at the 29:30 mark. The president’s comments on health reform begins at the 29:30 mark. By Jordan Tama, American University School of International Service; Greg Wright, University of California, Merced, and J.B. Silvers, Case Western Reserve University Editor’s note: President Donald Trump gave his first address to a joint […]

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Washington ranked 5th “Best State” in the Union by US News & World Report

February 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington ranked 5th “Best State” in the Union by US News & World Report

Washington state was ranked 5th “Best State” overall, behind Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Minnesota, and North Dakota. In terms of Health Care: Washington was ranked 10th in Health Care Access, 12th in Health Care Quality, 11th in Public Health, and 9th in Health Care Overall. US News & World Report explains the rankings: The Best States […]

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