11 Sep 2019

HEALTH INSURANCE HUSTLE: PRIVATE INSURERS LAUGH ABOUT FIGHTING FRAUD

By Marshall Allen ProPublica   Like most of us, William Murphy dreads calling health insurance companies. They route him onto a rollercoaster of irrelevant voice menus, and when he finally reaches a human, it’s a customer service rep who has no idea what he’s talking about. Then it can take days

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04 Sep 2019

TRUMP’S‘PHENOMENAL’ HEALTH PLAN: WHAT MIGHT THAT LOOK LIKE?

By Julia Appleby   While many Capitol Hill Republicans want to avoid a repeat of the Affordable Care Act repeal debate, President Donald Trump keeps promising a health plan that will be “phenomenal” and make the GOP “the party of health care.” Last month, Medicare chief Seema Verma said, “We’re actively

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03 Sep 2019

DOCTOR FIRED: CATHOLIC HOSPITAL SETS OFF NATIONAL CHALLENGE TO AID-IN-DYING LAWS

By JoNel Aleccia KHN photos by Heidi de Marco   Dr. Barbara Morris, a geriatrician with Centura Health, was recently fired for wanting to help her patient with Colorado’s End of Life Options Act. A Catholic-run health system in Denver, Colorado, has fired a veteran doctor who went to court to

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27 Aug 2019

PHARMA CASH ROLLS INTO CONGRESS TO DEFEND AN EMBATTLED INDUSTRY

  By Emmarie Huetteman, Jay Hancock and Elizabeth Lucas   In the heat of the most ferocious battle over drug prices in years, pharmaceutical companies are showering U.S. senators with campaign cash as sweeping legislation heads toward the floor. In the first six months of this year alone, political action

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26 Aug 2019

BACKLOG OF VA HEALTH RECORD DIGITIZATION WOULD STACK 5 MILES HIGH

Despite the Veterans Health Administration reporting in July that they have transferred 23.5 million health records, covering some 78 billion data points, from the VA EHR to a shared data center with the DOD, if every single one of the paper documents that still need to be digitized at VA

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26 Aug 2019

First vaping death from a serious lung disease sparks concern

  We don’t know much about it, but the Illinois Department of Public Health reported on Aug. 23 the death of a patient who developed a serious lung disease after vaping. No name, age, hometown or date of death was given, but it is believed to be the first fatality

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26 Aug 2019

COMING OUT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ON SOCIAL MEDIA

By Tarena Lofton Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam in grad school,” the doctoral qualifying exam.

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13 Aug 2019

CHARITY CARE SPENDING BY CALIFORNIA HOSPITALS PLUNGES SINCE OBAMACARE WENT INTO EFFECT

 By Harriet Blair Rowan California hospitals are providing significantly less free and discounted care to low-income patients since the Affordable Care Act took effect. As a proportion of their operating expenses, the state’s general acute-care hospitals spent less than half on these patients in 2017 than they did in 2013, according

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09 Aug 2019

MIND AND BODY: COORDINATING CARE MIGHT HELP MEDICAID SAVE MONEY AND LIVES

    By Blake Farmer Modern medicine often views the mind and body on separate tracks, both in terms of treatment and health insurance reimbursement. But patients with psychological disorders can have a hard time managing their physical health. So some Medicaid programs, which provide health coverage for people with low

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01 Aug 2019

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS’ ON DRUG IMPORTS FROM CANADA  

 By Phil Galewitz A year after calling proposals allowing Americans to import cheaper drugs from Canada a “gimmick,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the federal government is “open for business” on such a strategy. Azar announced a preliminary plan July 31 to allow Americans to import certain

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