04 Nov 2019

  RETURN TO SENDER: A SINGLE UNDELIVERABLE LETTER CAN MEAN LOSING MEDICAID

                  By Markian Hawryluk   Forty-two boxes of returned mail lined a wall of the El Paso County Department of Human Services office on a recent fall morning. There used to be three times as many. Every week, the U.S. Postal Service brings anywhere

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31 Oct 2019

 RA MEDICAL SYSTEMS DETAILS SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF AUDIT COMMITTEE INVESTIGATION

  Ra Medical Systems Inc., a medical device company focusing on commercializing excimer laser systems to treat vascular and dermatological diseases, announced Oct. 31 that the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors has substantially completed its internal investigation, announced in August. The Audit Committee, assisted by independent legal counsel,

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29 Oct 2019

NOTHING BUT NET: MARK CUBAN LOOKING FOR NEW WAY TO PAY FOR HEALTHCARE

  Dallas Maverick basketball owner Mark Cuban surprised attendees at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas in October with a thoughtful approach to a new business model to pay for healthcare. Serial investor, TV personality and Dallas Mavericks’ owner Cuban wants to use his own efforts to replace many of the core

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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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06 Sep 2019

A GROUPON DEAL: DEALS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT? WELCOME TO TODAY’S U.S. HEALTHCARE

By Lauren Weber KHS illustration by Lynne Shallcross     Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon. Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted fitness classes and foosball

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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

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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