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Health companies race to catch UnitedHealth as Amazon laces up

Health companies race to catch UnitedHealth as Amazon laces up

As soon as news surfaced last week about the potential merger of CVS Health and Aetna, all eyes turned to the looming threat from Amazon. The online retailer’s flirtation with the pharmacy business is a factor, no doubt. But many industry experts say CVS and Aetna have another huge competitor on their minds: UnitedHealth Group.

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

For addicted doctors, confidential treatment that works

Studies have found that these confidential programs have about an 80 percent success rate, far higher than the typical success rate of 50 percent for the general population. Researchers believe its rewards-based strategy and extensive follow-up care could help many more of the roughly 20 million Americans who suffer from opioid and other drug and alcohol addictions.

November 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why aren’t we curing the world’s most curable diseases?

Why aren’t we curing the world’s most curable diseases?

One-and-a-half billion people across the world suffer from neglected tropical diseases, a group of infectious diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical countries lacking good health care infrastructure and medical resources.

November 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
House tax bill would scrap deduction for medical expenses

House tax bill would scrap deduction for medical expenses

The tax bill unveiled by Republicans in the House on Thursday would not, as had been rumored, eliminate the tax penalty for failure to have health insurance. But it would eliminate a decades-old deduction for people with very high medical costs.

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Bounce house regulations, enforcement lacking as injuries soar

Inflatable attractions like bounce houses, obstacle courses and slides have increased in popularity in recent decades. But they can be dangerous and they are often unregulated. A Stateline analysis estimates bounce houses were involved in 20,700 injuries last year.

November 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Team approach to health care means new role for doctors

Team approach to health care means new role for doctors

Doctors increasingly oversee care plans that are executed by a team, from nurses who sit down with patients to discuss diet and exercise to clinical pharmacists who monitor a patient’s medication.

October 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
The painful side of positive health care marketing

The painful side of positive health care marketing

As Wallace’s cancer has progressed over the past seven years, she has become more critical of what she sees as excessive positivity in health care marketing. It’s everywhere: TV ads, radio commercials, billboards. The advertisements feature happy, healed patients and tell stories of miraculous recoveries.

October 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

How seeing problems in the brain makes stigma disappear

As a psychiatrist, I find that one of the hardest parts of my job is telling parents and their children that they are not to blame for their illness. Children with emotional and behavioral problems continue to suffer considerable stigma. But dramatic advances in brain imaging, genetics and other technologies are helping us objectively identify the neurological causes of mental illness.

October 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and medical combo policy called Medicare Advantage. Some tips for the novice and reminders for those who have been here before can make the process a little easier.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare. Run by private insurance companies, the plans — mostly health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) — are expected to serve a record 20.4 million people next year, or slightly more than one-third of Medicare’s 59 million members.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More