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Inflation hits healthcare, too

“Health-care costs are no longer escaping the nation’s fastest rate of inflation in four decades,” Rachel Roubein writes over at The Washington Post. “Prices for medical services in September rose 6.5 percent compared with a year ago, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report released yesterday. The increase — which analysts expect to continue […]

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Medical debt law: Help is limited

“CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After a year of chemo and radiation, doctors told Penelope ‘Penny’ Wingard in 2014 that her breast cancer was in remission,” Aneri Pattani writes over at Kaiser Health News. “She’d been praying for this good news. But it also meant she no longer qualified for a program in her state that offers […]

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Doctors discriminate against people with disabilities, study finds

“More than 30 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities report having a difficult time accessing health care and often find that doctors’ offices refuse to accommodate them,” Kristin Samuelson writes over at the Northwestern University website. “Now, a new Northwestern Medicine study of national practices reports that […]

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Private equity group at high risk of bankruptcy, Moody’s warns

“Moody’s Investors Service has issued a scathing corporate credit rating downgrade to Envision Healthcare, assigning the physician staffing service and ambulatory surgery center operator its lowest possible junk rating and warning that a bankruptcy or major restructuring is likely on the horizon,” Dave Muoio writes over at FierceHealthcare. “The bond credit rating agency wrote in […]