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The Documents You Need, When You Need Them

The Documents You Need, When You Need Them | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
The American Bar Association has developed a smartphone app intended to make health care directives quickly and easily accessible.
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Blocking Health Care Reform in Florida

Blocking Health Care Reform in Florida | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
In the latest outrage, the state has ordered health agencies to bar counselors who inform people on how to enroll in insurance plans from their premises.
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Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions, study finds - NBC News.com

Hospital to home focus may reduce readmissions, study finds - NBC News.com | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Helping people who were recently released from a hospital understand how to care for themselves and informing their primary care doctors...
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Bigger Hospitals May Lead to Bigger Bills for Patients

Bigger Hospitals May Lead to Bigger Bills for Patients | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
After holding steady through much of the 2000s, deal-making has picked up in health care, raising concerns about the power of large hospital systems.
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'Paying Till It Hurts': Why American Health Care Is So Pricey : NPR

'Paying Till It Hurts': Why American Health Care Is So Pricey : NPR | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
New York Times correspondent Elisabeth Rosenthal is spending a year investigating why American medical bills are so much higher than in other developed countries.
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How Hospital Infections Spread from One Hospital to Another

How Hospital Infections Spread from One Hospital to Another | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Infected patients leaving one hospital often will go to other hospitals either directly or after an intervening stay at home.
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Don't Give Up on Health Care Cost Control - New York Times (blog)

Don't Give Up on Health Care Cost Control - New York Times (blog) | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Don't Give Up on Health Care Cost Control
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Physicians seem otherwise not strongly inclined to adopt payment reform or modernize the health care delivery system. But we can give doctors what they want — the end of the S.G.R.
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Hospitals As Health Nannies: Prescriptions for Fruits and Other Unusual Ways to Keep the Doctor Away | TIME.com

Hospitals As Health Nannies: Prescriptions for Fruits and Other Unusual Ways to Keep the Doctor Away | TIME.com | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Two New York City hospitals are getting serious about childhood obesity by writing prescriptions for fruits and vegetables. But they're not the only ones addressing the weighty problem in innovative ways.
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Oregon to spend $20 million promoting health law - The State

Oregon to spend $20 million promoting health law - The State | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
kgw.com Oregon to spend $20 million promoting health law The State The ads are the beginning of a push to introduce the public to Cover Oregon, the online marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for health insurance coverage and...
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Healthcare Reform Update: States scramble to submit application for ...

A CMS rule issued in early July has set off a scramble among state officials to finalize and submit an application needed to implement their Medicaid expansions allowed by the healthcare reform law. The delay in the rule may ...
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At Too Many Hospitals, a Revolving Door

At Too Many Hospitals, a Revolving Door | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Medicare is cracking down on hospital readmissions. Here’s some advice on what patients need to know before discharge.
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The Good News on Insurance Premiums

The Good News on Insurance Premiums | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
The Affordable Care Act will save money for many who buy their own policies.
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OHSU Receives Higher Medicare Payments than other Oregon Hospitals | The Lund Report

OHSU Receives Higher Medicare Payments than other Oregon Hospitals | The Lund Report | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it

July 15, 2013 -- Sick Oregonians without health insurance regularly receive bills for two to three times what Medicare or private insurers are willing to pay to cover treatment, newly released medical billing data appears to indicate.

 

The data, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, shows how much hospitals are paid for treating Medicare patients. The release includes average payments made for 99 medical conditions treated at 32 Oregon hospitals in 2011.

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Dawn of a Revolution in Health Care

Dawn of a Revolution in Health Care | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Subsidies on new insurance exchanges will make coverage affordable for millions.
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Values Conflict at the End of Life

Values Conflict at the End of Life | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Family members often make end-of-life decisions according to their own values, not the patient’s, a new study finds.
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Doctors and Their Medicare Patients

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The percentage of doctors accepting new Medicare patients is rising, not falling.
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When a Co-Pay Gets in the Way of Health

When a Co-Pay Gets in the Way of Health | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
To discourage waste in health care, insurance companies charge co-payments. But sometimes the co-pay discourages patients from receiving needed treatment.
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Missouri Citizens Face Obstacles to Coverage

Missouri Citizens Face Obstacles to Coverage | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
The insurance marketplace established under President Obama’s health law has no visible presence in Missouri, which stands out among states resisting the effort.
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Hospital Closures Stress Health System

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Hospital closures have a cascading effect on surrounding health system. (Hospital closures are putting stress on health care systems...
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Detroit Looks to Health Law to Ease Costs

Detroit Looks to Health Law to Ease Costs | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
As Detroit enters the bankruptcy process, officials say insurance exchanges could pare tens of millions from the $5.7 billion the city owes in retiree health costs.
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More on Preventing Hospital Readmissions

More on Preventing Hospital Readmissions | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Experts offer suggestions for ensuring that discharged patients stay out of the hospital.
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Who loses out under Obamacare - CNNMoney

Who loses out under Obamacare - CNNMoney | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Newsworks.org Who loses out under Obamacare CNNMoney These folks -- mainly low-income adults in the 21 states that aren't expanding Medicaid -- will not be eligible for either the long-standing government health insurance program for the poor, or...
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Don’t Shift Payments by Medicare, Panel Says

Don’t Shift Payments by Medicare, Panel Says | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
A group from the National Academy of Sciences said Congress should not create a “value index” to funnel Medicare money to areas that provide high-quality services at relatively low cost.
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In the Doctor's Office, a Neglected Resource

In the Doctor's Office, a Neglected Resource | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
Patients with certain conditions receive better treatment if they see a nurse practitioner in addition to a doctor, according to a new study, but professional territoriality and mistrust have long prevented progress.
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Health Insurance Within Reach

Health Insurance Within Reach | Healthcare Issues & Advocacy | Scoop.it
The health care mandate takes effect soon, allowing people to compare and buy policies, but many people are unaware of available subsidies and Medicaid coverage.
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