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Fri, 07/22/2016 - 11:07am
Investigators say Philip Esformes, 47, used his access to thousands of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries to perpetrate a massive and profitable fraud.
Thu, 07/21/2016 - 4:39pm
The Justice Department and a number of states filed suit today to block two big mergers in the health insurance industry. Anthem was planning to acquire Cigna, and Aetna sought to buy Humana. Justice Department officials said they had no doubt the mergers would reduce competition and hurt consumers.
Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:45pm
The Justice Department says proposed deals between Aetna and Humana as well as Anthem and Cigna would increase the cost of medical care for Americans. The deals are worth a combined $91 billion.
Thu, 07/21/2016 - 6:41am
Pence signed into law some of the tightest abortion rules in the U.S., and was slow to respond to Indiana's heroin and HIV crises, critics say. But he compromised with Obama to expand Medicaid.
Thu, 07/21/2016 - 12:02am
Patients sent to rehabilitation facilities to recover from medical crises or surgery too often suffer additional harm from the care they get there, according to research by U.S. health officials.
Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:13pm
With rising awareness of opioid abuse, some pain patients say doctors are less likely to prescribe them. One Montana sufferer goes to great lengths to get his prescription — he flies to California.
Wed, 07/20/2016 - 5:00am
After a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court last month reaffirmed a woman's right to an abortion, anti-abortion groups are rethinking their approach. And they don't all agree on the best next steps.
Tue, 07/19/2016 - 3:20pm
The state took Suboxone strips for treatment of opioid abuse off the list of approved drugs for Medicaid. Some patients say the alternatives aren't working for them.
Tue, 07/19/2016 - 2:24pm
After two years of moderate rate hikes, a double-digit increase in the cost of insurance premiums in California is likely to resonate across the U.S. in the debate about the benefits of Obamacare.
Tue, 07/19/2016 - 11:41am
Hospital systems are building tiny full-service hospitals in urban and suburban markets. They have a full array of emergency services, but only a handful of beds for admitted patients.
Mon, 07/18/2016 - 5:01pm
A big study suggests that radiologists vary widely in their assessment of density, a risk factor for breast cancer. And density is just one component of breast cancer risk, the researchers underscore.
Mon, 07/18/2016 - 11:44am
Hollywood has already cast Jennifer Lawrence to star in a movie about the embattled biotech firm. How did founder Elizabeth Holmes go from self-made billionaire to an estimated worth of $0? Read on.
Mon, 07/18/2016 - 4:21am
Research shows exercise-based cardiac rehab programs help heart patients heal faster and live longer. But fewer than a third take part. Time and cost are the main barriers, doctors and patients say.
Sun, 07/17/2016 - 8:26am
The port city is hosting the International AIDS conference for a second time. NPR's Jason Beaubien tells NPR's Lynn Neary that much progress has been made in combating AIDS, but more needs to be done.
Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:28pm
Three weeks after the flooding in West Virginia, the phrase "West Virginia Strong" is painted everywhere. But no matter how strong the community, emotional healing after a disaster takes a long time.
Thu, 07/14/2016 - 8:00am
Iowa health officials recently discovered it wasn't against state law for a nursing home worker to share a photo on Snapchat of a resident covered in feces. They are trying to change that.
Thu, 07/14/2016 - 4:59am
Why is it so hard to connect people with therapists? Insurance bureaucracy cuts both ways, it turns out. Patients have trouble finding therapists in networks. And therapists have trouble joining them.
Wed, 07/13/2016 - 10:51am
Congress approved an amalgam of more than a dozen proposals that will expand access to medication-assisted treatment. It also will encourage police to send drug users to treatment rather than to jail.
Wed, 07/13/2016 - 4:56am
Many disabled adults want to work — and many do. But a survey shows that a workplace can be particularly stressful for them, and workplaces may not be doing enough to lower the stress.
Tue, 07/12/2016 - 2:52pm
Despite government policies designed to encourage health coverage for these children, many families are thwarted by confusing rules and regulations, advocacy groups say.