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How Helping Patients Get Good Care At Home Helps Rural Hospitals Survive

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How Helping Patients Get Good Care At Home Helps Rural Hospitals Survive Blake Farmer, Nashville Public Radio Rural hospitals close when they don’t have enough paying patients to care for, but they’re also dinged when the same patients show up over and over again. That puts outlying medical facilities in the precarious position of needi...
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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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After Bitter Closure, Rural Texas Hospital Defies The Norm And Reopens

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After Bitter Closure, Rural Texas Hospital Defies The Norm And Reopens Charlotte Huff Five months ago, the 6,500 residents of Crockett, Texas, witnessed a bit of a resurrection — at least in rural hospital terms. A little more than a year after the local hospital shut its doors, the 25-bed facility reopened its emergency department, inpatient...
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A Special Enrollment Period has been offered for individuals who were impacted by Hurricane Michael

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A Special Enrollment Period has been offered for individuals who were impacted by Hurricane Michael. This allows people in the following counties to enroll in health care through the ACA through February 20 th , 2019: Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, ...
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Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!

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A Snapshot - Diabetes in the United States (Infographic)

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Cervical Cancer is Preventable

Cervical Cancer is Preventable | VitalSigns | CDC CDC Vital Signs links science, policy, and communications with the intent of communicating a call-to-action for the public. CDC Vital Signs provides the most recent, comprehensive data on key indicators of important health topics. https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/cervical-cancer/
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Medicaid Plans Cover Doctors’ Visits, Hospital Care — And Now Your GED

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Medicaid Plans Cover Doctors’ Visits, Hospital Care — And Now Your GED Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News Emilia Ford became pregnant at 15 and, after her daughter was born, dropped out of high school. As she held down different jobs during the past decade — including housekeeping and working in a relative’s retail store &mda...
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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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When Medicine Makes Patients Sicker

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When Medicine Makes Patients Sicker Sydney Lupkin, Kaiser Health News Photos by Heidi de Marco ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Despite the jackhammer-like rhythm of a mechanical ventilator, Alicia Moreno had dozed off in a chair by her 1-year-old’s hospital bed, when a doctor woke her with some bad news: The common stool softener her son, Anderson, ...
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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

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Hep C And Drug Abuse Often Go Hand In Hand, But Screening For Infection Lags

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Hep C And Drug Abuse Often Go Hand In Hand, But Screening For Infection Lags Michelle Andrews When people seek help at a drug treatment center for an opioid addiction, concerns about having contracted hepatitis C are generally low on their list. They’ve often reached a crisis point in their lives, said Marie Sutton, the CEO of Imagine Hope , ...
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After Her Skiing Accident, An Uphill Battle Over Snowballing Bills

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After Her Skiing Accident, An Uphill Battle Over Snowballing Bills Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Sarah Witter couldn’t get a break even though her leg had gotten several. As she lay on a ski trail in Vermont last February, Witter, now 63, knew she hadn’t suffered a regular fall because she could not get up. An X-ray showed she had frac...
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Assisted Living’s Breakneck Growth Leaves Patient Safety Behind

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Assisted Living’s Breakneck Growth Leaves Patient Safety Behind Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Photos by Heidi de Marco They found Bonnie Walker’s body floating in a pond behind her assisted living facility in South Carolina. There were puncture wounds on her ear, her temple, her jaw and her cheeks. Her right forearm and her pacemaker w...
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Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone

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Nurse Denied Life Insurance Because She Carries Naloxone Martha Bebinger, WBUR Bloodwork was supposed to be the last step in Isela’s application for life insurance. But when she arrived at the lab, her appointment had been canceled. “That was my first warning,” Isela said. She contacted her insurance agent and was told her applica...
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For The Asking, A Check Is In The Mail To Help Pay For Costly Drugs

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For The Asking, A Check Is In The Mail To Help Pay For Costly Drugs Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health News Kip Burgess was relieved last year when pharmaceutical giant Amgen overnighted him a $2,976 check to help pay for his go-to arthritis drug, Enbrel. The 36-year-old psychologist had run into an increasingly common problem: The copay coupon sent...
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One Implant, Two Prices. It Depends On Who’s Paying.

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One Implant, Two Prices. It Depends On Who’s Paying. Victoria Knight Kim Daniels didn’t have to pay a penny for her double mastectomy or the reconstructive surgery she had after treatment for breast cancer in June 2018. Her health insurance, PennCare, administered through Independence Blue Cross in Pennsylvania, fully covered both proce...
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Need Health Insurance? The Deadline Is Dec. 15

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Need Health Insurance? The Deadline Is Dec. 15 Michelle Andrews The woman arrived at the University of South Florida’s navigator office in Tampa a few weeks ago with a 40-page document describing a short-term health insurance plan she was considering. She was uncomfortable with what the broker had said about the coverage, she told Jodi Ray, a...
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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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