Lax oversight leaves surgery center regulators and patients in the dark: Kaiser Health News

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Lax oversight leaves surgery center regulators and patients in the dark: Kaiser Health News

“The first man died in April 2014. Another died later that month. Then on July 18 of that year, a woman was rushed to a hospital where she was told she was lucky to be alive,” Christina Jewett, Kaiser Health News and Mark Alesia, USA Today Network, write in an investigative piece on regulation at […]

Arthritis drugs show companies’ price policies: Kaiser Health News

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Arthritis drugs show companies’ price policies: Kaiser Health News

“Renda Bower knows well the cost of drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis – her husband, son and daughter all have the painful, disabling autoimmune disease,” Julie Appleby writes over at Kaiser Health News, explaining the behind-the-scenes actions of drug makers and pharmacy benefit companies. “And the family’s finances revolve around paying for them. Even with […]

The only health insurance enrollment guide you’ll need

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The only health insurance enrollment guide you’ll need

This post originally appeared on Forbes, where I am a contributor. It’s open enrollment season for health insurance. And this year there’s much more confusion than in past years, given the events in Washington. Don’t worry: I’ll break it all down for you in this, the only guide to buying health insurance you’ll need this year, […]

California singles out docs with higher patient death rates: Kaiser Health News

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

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California singles out docs with higher patient death rates: Kaiser Health News

“Michael Koumjian, a heart surgeon for nearly three decades, said he considered treating the sickest patients a badge of honor. The San Diego doctor was frequently called upon to operate on those who had multiple illnesses or who’d undergone CPR before arriving at the hospital,” Anna Gorman wrote recently for Kaiser Health News. “Recently, however, […]

What’s next for the ACA? A roundup of early predictions

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Summary: No one really knows what will happen when Donald Trump takes office, in light of his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Nothing is as simple as it sounds ever in life; also, Trump will have to contend with the fact that many parts of the A.C.A. were wildly popular with insurance companies, […]

The Missing Debate Over Rising Deductibles: Wall Street Journal

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Summary: “While the political world focuses on the Affordable Care Act, changes have been occurring for the many more Americans who get health insurance through work,” Drew Altman writes over on The Washington Wire blog at The Wall Street Journal. While I don’t agree that the debate is “missing” on this topic, as he suggests, […]

Hospital quality ratings: Here’s another view, with hospital-by-hospital search

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Summary: Quality ratings are hard to come by in the health-care marketplace, and the ones that exist tend to come to very different conclusions. But there’s a new set of quality ratings, imposed by the government, in an attempt to tie performance to pay by penalizing hospitals for complications and conditions acquired in the hospital. Jordan […]

What will this insurance cost, and what will it cover? Obamacare and you. Part 3 of our series.

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Here’s Part 3 of our mini-series on the Affordable Care Act and how the health insurance landscape is changing; Part 1 is here; Part 2 is here. * * * * * What can you tell me about buying health insurance under the new law? Not too much, please.  Stick with us. This is not […]

‘Bodega Clinicas’ Draw Interest of Health Officials – NYTimes.com

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

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“The ‘bodega clinicas’ that line the bustling commercial streets of immigrant neighborhoods around Los Angeles are wedged between money order kiosks and pawnshops. These storefront offices, staffed with Spanish-speaking medical providers, treat ailments for cash: a doctor’s visit is $20 to $40; a cardiology exam is $120; and at one bustling clinic, a colonoscopy is […]

How much does a vasectomy cost? Oh, and is it covered? Part 2 of our series

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Summary: Each year, around 500,000 men in the U.S. get vasectomies. But as for how insurers will cover vasectomies under the Affordable Care Act, it seems the answer is no. Read on for our advice, or… CLICK HERE FOR PRICES