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Am I Responsible If The Insurance Exchange Flubs My Subsidy?

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:28am

Mistakes are made. If the health insurance marketplaces screw up in calculating subsidies for consumers, it's the individual who is likely to be on the hook for repaying the excess.

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Medicare Looks To Speed Up Pay For Quality Instead Of Volume

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:14pm

The administration wants to tie more of Medicare's spending on health care to quality and to encourage doctors and hospitals to be more frugal in their spending.

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DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 3:58am

A simple blood test can analyze bits of fetal DNA leaked in the mother's bloodstream. It's less risky than invasive alternatives like amniocentesis, but it doesn't tell as much about fetal health.

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DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 3:58am

A simple blood test can analyze bits of fetal DNA leaked in the mother's blood stream. It's less risky than invasive alternatives like amnio, but also doesn't tell as much about fetal health.

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The Potential Impact Of Big Data On Medicine

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 8:04am

Some researchers say big data could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say it raises too many questions when it comes to medicine.

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App Links Sex Assault Survivors To Help, But Who Downloads It?

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 7:57am

The D.C.-based smartphone tool connects people with a ride to the hospital and a team of medical professionals trained in dealing with sexual assault. But students aren't rushing to download the app.

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Study Finds Huge Disparities In Costs Of Common Surgeries

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 4:41pm

Robert Siegel talks to Maureen Sullivan, senior vice president of strategic services and chief strategy officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, which did the study.

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House Approves Bill That Would Bar Federal Funding For Abortions

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:42pm

A bill that would prohibit using federal money to pay for "any abortion" or for "health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion" has been approved by the House.

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Hospitals' Medicare Quality Bonuses Get Wiped Out By Penalties

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 7:30am

Medicare is giving hospitals financial incentives to provide better care. But so far about half of the hospitals that got incentive payments found them canceled out by other quality programs.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:34am

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the law.

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War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:03am

State legislatures are the new battlegrounds for the Affordable Care Act. Lawmakers across the country are at odds over hundreds of bills that would either cripple or prop up the sweeping health law.

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Tax Preparers Get Ready To Be Bearers Of Bad News About Health Law

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 2:59am

With Affordable Care Act open enrollment ending Feb. 15, taxpayers could find themselves shut out of health insurance – and saddled with big fines – if they don't deal with taxes early this year.

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Malpractice Changes In Massachusetts Offer Injured Patients New Options

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:17pm

Hospitals in the state are among the leaders in developing alternatives to medical liability litigation. A recently enacted law helps consumers who want to challenge hospitals and doctors.

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After Aurora Shooting, A 'New Way Of Responding' To Mental Crises

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 4:09pm

In response to the 2012 theater killings, Colorado added clinics, hotlines and mobile units to support early crisis prevention. At the heart of the initiative are 13 walk-in crisis centers.

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When Bariatric Surgery's Benefits Wane, This Procedure Can Help

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:33am

Bariatric surgery works for severely obese patients because it shrinks the size of the stomach. But years later, the stomach starts to expand and some patients regain the weight they lost.

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Sure You Can Track Your Health Data, But Can Your Doctor Use It?

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 3:32am

People use wearable gadgets and phone apps to monitor their health — everything from calories consumed to medication taken. But all that data doesn't necessarily translate into better health care.

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Head Of Medicare, Who Oversaw Obamacare Rollout, Will Step Down

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 10:11am

Marilyn Tavenner said she was stepping down in February. She joined the Obama administration in 2010 and oversaw the problematic rollout of President Obama's signature domestic program.

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Limited Insurance Choices Frustrate Patients In California

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 5:20pm

California is seen as an Obamacare success story. But tens of thousands of people in the northern part of the state have only one insurer available on the health plan exchange.

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Why I Left The ER To Run Baltimore's Health Department

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 1:22pm

Dr. Leana Wen decided to leave frontline medical care to tend to the city of Baltimore's health needs. Geography and circumstance shouldn't determine someone's health destiny, she says.

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Health Insurance Prices: Highest In Alaska, Lowest In Sun Belt

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 9:09am

A look at the 10 least and 10 most expensive places for health insurance shows a wide gap in prices for the same level of coverage.

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