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Look Up Your Hospital: Is It Being Penalized By Medicare?

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Look Up Your Hospital: Is It Being Penalized By Medicare? Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Under programs set up by the Affordable Care Act, the federal government cuts payments to hospitals that have high rates of readmissions and those with the highest numbers of infections and patient injuries. For the readmission penalties , Medicare cuts as much...
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Medicare Trims Payments To 800 Hospitals, Citing Patient Safety Incidents

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Medicare Trims Payments To 800 Hospitals, Citing Patient Safety Incidents Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Eight hundred hospitals will be paid less by Medicare this year because of high rates of infections and patient injuries, federal records show. The number is the highest since the federal government five years ago launched the Hospital Acquired ...
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Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On ‘Better Path’

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Discharged, Dismissed: ERs Often Miss Chance To Set Overdose Survivors On ‘Better Path’ Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News The last time heroin landed Marissa Angerer in a Midland, Texas, emergency room — naked and unconscious — was May 2016. But that wasn’t her first drug-related interaction with the health system. Doct...
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Vaccine Storage Too Often Fails To Meet Standards

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Vaccine Storage Too Often Fails To Meet Standards Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News By correcting one potential error, the Ventura County (Calif.) Health Care Agency accidentally made another — and jeopardized vaccines given to thousands of people in the process. In October 2017, county health officials, concerned that vaccines wer...
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Secretive ‘Rebate Trap’ Keeps Generic Drugs For Diabetes And Other Ills Out Of Reach

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Secretive ‘Rebate Trap’ Keeps Generic Drugs For Diabetes And Other Ills Out Of Reach Jay Hancock, Kaiser Health News and Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News Lisa Crook was lucky. She saved $800 last year after her insurance company started covering a new, less expensive insulin called Basaglar that was virtually identical to the brand she...
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Providers Walk ‘Fine Line’ Between Informing And Scaring Immigrant Patients

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Providers Walk ‘Fine Line’ Between Informing And Scaring Immigrant Patients Ana B. Ibarra, Kaiser Health News While the Trump administration decides whether to adopt a controversial policy that could jeopardize the legal status of immigrants who use public programs such as Medicaid, doctors and clinics are torn between informing patient...
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Listen: Do Consumers Benefit When Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online?

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Listen: Do Consumers Benefit When Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online? Julie Appleby, a Kaiser Health News senior correspondent, appeared last week on WBUR’s “Here & Now” with Jeremy Hobson and on Science Friday to discuss the new requirement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that hospitals post their list...
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Health Care Industry Spends $30B A Year Pushing Its Wares, From Drugs To Stem Cell Treatment

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Health Care Industry Spends $30B A Year Pushing Its Wares, From Drugs To Stem Cell Treatment Liz Szabo, Kaiser Health News Hoping to earn its share of the $3.5 trillion health care market, the medical industry is pouring more money than ever into advertising its products — from high-priced prescriptions to do-it-yourself genetic tests and una...
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Too High To Drive: States Grapple With Setting Limits On Weed Use Behind Wheel

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Too High To Drive: States Grapple With Setting Limits On Weed Use Behind Wheel Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News It used to be the stuff of stoner comedies and “Just Say No” campaigns. Today, marijuana is becoming mainstream as voters across the country approve ballot questions for legalization or medical use. In response, state govern...
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Will I Always Face The Threat Of A Peanut-Laden Kiss Of Death?

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Will I Always Face The Threat Of A Peanut-Laden Kiss Of Death? Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News Whenever I see a report touting possible new peanut allergy treatments, I devour it. I can’t help it. It’s an occupational hazard for any health journalist whose reporting specialty and medical history intertwine. I write about the business...
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No-Go On Drunken Driving: States Deploy Breathalyzers In Cars To Limit Road Deaths

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No-Go On Drunken Driving: States Deploy Breathalyzers In Cars To Limit Road Deaths Ana B. Ibarra, Kaiser Health News On Jan. 1, California joined the majority of states that have laws requiring drivers with drunken-driving convictions to install breathalyzers in vehicles they own or operate. Researchers, public health advocates and political leader...
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As Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online, Most Patients Will Remain Befuddled

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As Hospitals Post Sticker Prices Online, Most Patients Will Remain Befuddled Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News and Barbara Feder Ostrov, Kaiser Health News As of Jan. 1, in the name of transparency, the Trump administration required that all hospitals post their list prices online. But what is popping up on medical center websites is a dog’s ...
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Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs

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Liquid Gold: Pain Doctors Soak Up Profits By Screening Urine For Drugs Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News and Elizabeth Lucas, Kaiser Health News Photos by Heidi de Marco The cups of urine travel by express mail to the Comprehensive Pain Specialists lab in an industrial park in Brentwood, Tenn., not far from Nashville. Most days bring more than 700 o...
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In Grandma’s Stocking: An Apple Watch To Monitor Falls, Track Heart Rhythms

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In Grandma’s Stocking: An Apple Watch To Monitor Falls, Track Heart Rhythms Rachel Bluth, Kaiser Health News For more than a decade, the latest Apple products have been the annual must-have holiday gift for the tech-savvy. That raises the question: Is the newest Apple Watch on your list — either to give or receive — this year? At ...
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Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital

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Medicare Cuts Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients Keep Ending Up In Hospital Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News The federal government has taken a new step to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients by lowering a year’s worth of payments to nearly 11,000 nursing homes. It gave bonuses to nearly 4,000 others. These fin...
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Overshadowed By Opioids, Meth Is Back And Hospitalizations Surge

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Overshadowed By Opioids, Meth Is Back And Hospitalizations Surge Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News The number of people hospitalized because of amphetamine use is skyrocketing in the United States, but the resurgence of the drug largely has been overshadowed by the nation’s intense focus on opioids. Amphetamine-related hospitalizations jumped b...
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Playing On Fear And Fun, Hospitals Follow Pharma In Direct-To-Consumer Advertising

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Playing On Fear And Fun, Hospitals Follow Pharma In Direct-To-Consumer Advertising Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News The scene is shadowy, and the background music foreboding. On the TV screen, a stream of beleaguered humans stand in an unending line. “If you’re waiting patiently for a liver transplant, it could cost you your life,&rdq...
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In Throes Of Turkey Salmonella Outbreak, Don’t Invite Illness To Your Table

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In Throes Of Turkey Salmonella Outbreak, Don’t Invite Illness To Your Table JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News As Americans prepare to cook and consume nearly 50 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day, an ongoing outbreak of salmonella poisoning linked to the poultry means food safety at home is more critical than ever.  Federal health offic...
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With Hospitalization Losing Favor, Judges Order Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

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With Hospitalization Losing Favor, Judges Order Outpatient Mental Health Treatment Carmen Heredia Rodriguez, Kaiser Health News When mental illness hijacks Margaret Rodgers’ mind, she acts out. Rodgers, 35, lives with depression and bipolar disorder. When left unchecked, the conditions drive the Alabama woman to excessive spending, crying and...
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An Underused Strategy For Surge In STDs: Treat Patients’ Partners Without A Doctor Visit

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An Underused Strategy For Surge In STDs: Treat Patients’ Partners Without A Doctor Visit Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News If patients return to Dr. Crystal Bowe soon after taking medication for a sexually transmitted infection, she usually knows the reason: Their partners have re-infected them. “While you tell people not to have sex unti...
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