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Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

5 hours 15 min ago

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

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How One State Convinced Its 'Young Invicibles' To Get Health Insurance

5 hours 24 min ago

Enrolling in health insurance often doesn't make good economic sense for healthy young people, as they can end up paying a lot for very little coverage. Why are young invincibles still willing to pay?

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Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 5:31pm

Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.

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Change Your Income, Change Your Health Insurance Plan

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:03am

People aren't locked into the plan they chose through the health exchanges if their income changes during the year. But you've got just 60 days to make the switch to a cheaper plan.

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Powerful Narcotic Painkiller Up For FDA Approval

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 3:29am

The FDA is weighing the pros and cons of a drug that would, for the first time, combine morphine and oxycodone in a single pill. Critics warn that it could launch a new wave of abuse.

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Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:40am

In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.

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From Empty Lots To Hospitals, New Purposes For Standard Spaces

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 5:07pm

These two projects are changing the system as we know it: One seeks to transform vacant lots into parks, and the other is using a fake hospital to foster real medical innovation.

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Updated Obamacare Enrollment Exceeds Estimates

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:09am

President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.

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Following Enrollment Deadline, Health Care Focus Turns To States

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 4:04pm

President Obama met Thursday with insurance company executives and a separate group of insurance regulators from the states, discussing their mutual interest in administering the new health care law.

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Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 3:59pm

At a White House briefing, the president referred to the Affordable Care Act, saying "this thing is working," and urged Republicans to stop trying to repeal the law.

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'Why Am I Dead?' He Never Asked. Here's The Answer He Never Heard

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:39pm

Man goes in for a routine hip operation. In the corner of the operating room, there's a young med student watching. When things go wrong, she tries to make sense of what she sees.

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'Miserable' Doctors Prescribe A Different Career

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:46am

A lot of children grow up wanting to be doctors, but now some physicians are discouraging others from joining the profession. What has changed over the years?

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Medicare Kept Paying Indicted, Sanctioned Doctors

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00pm

Among doctors who received payments from Medicare in 2012 are dozens who had been kicked out of Medicaid, or charged with fraud, or settled fraud cases out of court, a ProPublica investigation finds.

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Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 3:39am

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.

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With Some Drug Combinations, Overdose Might Be In The Prescription

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:00pm

Some of the dangers of overdose associated with mixing benzos and opioids arise from primary care doctors actually prescribing the mix. Sean Mackey, the director of the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab at Stanford, explains more.

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Details On Abortion Coverage Still Elusive In Some Health Plans

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:47pm

Both supporters and opponents of abortion want to know whether their insurance provider covers abortion. But in some states, consumers are still having a tough time figuring that out.

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The 7.5 Million Insured Through Obamacare Are Only Part Of The Story

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 3:24am

Millions signed up for health insurance through state exchanges and But another several million bypassed the exchanges and bought health coverage directly from insurers.

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Patients Often Win If They Appeal A Denied Health Claim

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:10pm

Obamacare set national rules for appealing a denied health claim — a process that used to vary by employer and state. Consumers should appeal more often, advocates say. Half the time, they'll win.

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This Week In Politics: Sebelius, Civil Rights And Immigration

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:00pm

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, Jeb Bush's immigration comments and the civil rights anniversary.

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As Sebelius Steps Down, Obama Taps Budget Director To Replace Her

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 4:00pm

President Obama bid farewell Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, whose lengthy tenure was marred by the botched rollout of the government's health insurance website. Obama wants his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to replace Sebelius.

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