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Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:01pm

In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

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How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:34pm

Health plans come in a dizzying variety. There's been a blurring of definitions lately that makes the jargony choices more confusing than ever. Here's help.

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Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 3:38am

Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.

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Medicare Patients Often See Nurses Instead Of Doctors For Skin Problems

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 1:22pm

Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.

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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 5:29am

Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.

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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 5:29am

Patients are more satisfied with their care when doctors share their medical notes. But letting patients see what doctors put in medical records has long been taboo. That's starting to change.

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Has Health Law Helped Young People Get Mental Health Treatment? Maybe

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:55pm

The Affordable Care Act has allowed many young adults to stay on their parents' insurance. A study suggests the coverage may be helping more of them get treatment for mental health issues.

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Wide Range Of Hospital Charges For Blood Tests Called 'Irrational'

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:24pm

An analysis of hospital charges in California couldn't explain the wide variation in listed prices for routine lab work. Teaching hospitals and government-run hospitals charged the least.

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What The U.S. Health Care System Can Learn From Ebola Outbreak

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:35am

Future outbreaks of superbugs that resist treatment will test the American health care system's ability to respond. A prominent patient advocate says we need to be ready.

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Who Gets First Dibs On Transplanted Liver? Rules May Change

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 3:34am

Location, location, location too often trumps medical need, some doctors say. But another solution to making the distribution of scarce organs fairer worries some transplant surgeons and patients.

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Many Big Employers Plan To Offer Skimpy Health Options Despite Law

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:23am

These low-benefit plans are part of a strategy that lets workers and employers avoid health law penalties but may not provide substantial coverage.

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Can Divorced Dad Be Forced To Cover Insurance For Adult Kids?

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 9:53am

A mother seeks advice on how to get her ex-husband to keep their sons on his plan because it would be less costly than hers.

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Preventing HIV With Medicine Can Carry A Stigma

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 4:25pm

No doctor would refuse to prescribe cholesterol-lowering statins to patients because they're overweight. But despite guidelines, some doctors aren't offering preventive drugs to those at risk for HIV.

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State Abortion Laws Face A New Round Of Legal Challenges

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:24am

State legislatures have passed laws that require doctors to have hospital admitting privileges to perform abortions. Some courts are now saying these laws are unconstitutional.

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Obama Signs $16 Billion VA Health Care Bill Into Law

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:01pm

The legislation provides funding to improve facilities and hire more medical staff, along with allowing more veterans to use private facilities.

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California Experiments With Fast-Tracking Medical School

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 3:26am

Medical school is now one year shorter for aspiring doctors. An initiative at the University of California, Davis aims to produce more primary care doctors with less med school debt.

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From Surgeon General To Smoking Foe: Remembering Dr. Steinfeld

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 4:00pm

Dr. Jesse Steinfeld stepped into the role of U.S. surgeon general in 1969. By 1973, he'd been forced out of office. But before he was, he became leading crusader in the anti-smoking movement. Dr. Steinfeld has died at 87; to remember his life and achievements, Audie Cornish turns to Stanton Glantz, professor of tobacco control at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 3:02pm

Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.

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