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Report Says Big Changes Are Needed In How Doctors Are Trained

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:06pm

We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.

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Getting Hospice Care Shouldn't Have To Mean Giving Up

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:00pm

Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.

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After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:25pm

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.

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Medicare's Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 3:43pm

Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.

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Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss, Even When It Hurts Our Health

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:40am

People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.

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New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:36am

Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?

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With Deadline Looming, Lawmakers Reach Deal On VA Health Care

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:07am

The compromise plan to be unveiled Monday is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics and hire more doctors and nurses.

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How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 4:35pm

A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.

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When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 9:00am

Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.

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For Better Treatment, Doctors And Patients Share The Decisions

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 4:12pm

Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on ways to help patients better understand their chances of suffering heart attacks and surgical complications.

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When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:43am

A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.

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Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:52pm

Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.

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States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 11:44am

New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.

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Conflicting Obamacare Rulings Set Stage For Supreme Court Face-Off

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:45am

Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting views of the subsidies available under Obamacare. The problem is the language in one subsection of the 950-page law — boiling down to just three words.

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California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:45am

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

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What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies?

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:45am

The Affordable Care Act was the subject of two conflicting court opinions Tuesday. One upheld the subsidies that help middle- and low-income people afford health insurance; the other rejected them.

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Obamacare's Split Decisions Spell Law's Possible Return To Supreme Court

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:14pm

Two different U.S. appeals courts issued opposing verdicts on the Affordable Care Act, one striking down a crucial component of the law while another upheld the same component. NPR's Mara Liasson unravels the political consequences of the conflicting decisions.

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Obama's Health Care Law Has A Confusing Day In Court

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:14pm

One U.S. appeals court panel tossed out federal subsidies for low-income insurance buyers, while another three-judge panel affirmed them. The issue has the potential to gut the health care overhaul.

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Federal Court Throws Out Health Care Subsidies In 36 States

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:13pm

Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News explains a federal appeals court ruling Tuesday that overturns subsidies provided to low- and middle-income people in states that use the federal health exchanges.

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Appeals Court Strikes Down Subsidies In Federal Health Exchange

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:31pm

If the decision stands, at least 5 million Americans would face an insurance premium increases of at least 76 percent, according to one estimate. The case could wind up in the Supreme Court.

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