Month: July 2019

Trump Administration ‘Open For Business’ On Drug Imports From Canada

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A year after calling proposals allowing Americans to import cheaper drugs from Canada a “gimmick,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the federal government is “open for business” on such a strategy. Azar announced a preliminary plan Wednesday to allow Americans to import certain lower-cost drugs from Canada. Insulin, biological drugs, controlled substances ….  Read More

Trump Administration Moves To Make Health Care Costs More Transparent

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Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News Shopping around for the best deal on a medical X-ray or a new knee? The Trump administration has a plan for that. On Monday, it proposed new rules that would provide consumers far more detail about the actual prices hospitals charge insurers. It comes amid growing calls from consumer advocates, ….  Read More

In A Messy Democratic Presidential Debate, Facts About Medicare For All Get Tossed About

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Emmarie Huetteman Here we go again. It’s been a month since Democratic presidential hopefuls last took to the debate stage, but Tuesday night in Detroit  10 candidates again faced off for the first of this two-night event. Health policy issues were a hot topic. The match up between Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts  and Bernie ….  Read More

‘If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It.’ Biden’s Invokes Obama’s Troubled Claim.

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Joe Biden invoked a risky — and familiar — phrase to sell his health care plan. At an AARP event in Iowa, Biden told voters he would create a government insurance plan to compete with private ones called a public option. It would give consumers, Biden said, another choice. “If you like your employer-based plan, ….  Read More

Inspector Paints A Rosy Picture Of Migrant Detention Centers — In Contrast To Audits

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JEFFERSON, Md. — For the past year, the tiny Maryland company employed by the federal government to inspect U.S. immigration detention centers has painted a rosy picture of life in captivity. In dozens of reports filed in the past 12 months, inspectors with the 11-person Nakamoto Group described detainees who had “no substantive complaints” and ….  Read More

Doctor Alexa Will See You Now: Is Amazon Primed To Come To Your Rescue?

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). Now that it’s upending the way you play music, cook, shop, hear the news and check the weather, the friendly voice emanating from your Amazon Alexa-enabled smart speaker is poised to wriggle its way into all things health care. Amazon has big ambitions for ….  Read More

They May Owe Nothing — Half-Million-Dollar Dialysis Bill Canceled

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Fresenius, one of the two largest dialysis providers in the U.S., has agreed to waive a $524,600.17 bill for a man who received 14 weeks of dialysis at a clinic in Montana. Kaiser Health News, NPR and CBS This Morning told Sovereign Valentine’s story this week, as part of the “Bill of the Month” series, ….  Read More

Robotic Surgical Tool, Not Medical Evidence, Drives Free Hernia Screenings

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This story also ran on NBC News. This story can be republished for free (details). Some hospitals are trying a curious new tactic to attract patients: free hernia screenings. One Illinois hospital raffled off tickets for a smart speaker to entice people to get their abdomens checked by a surgeon, while an Indiana hospital offered ….  Read More

Watch: Out-Of-Network Outrage After A $540K Charge For Dialysis

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July 25, 2019 Sov Valentine of Plains, Mont., ran up an out-of-network bill for lifesaving kidney dialysis that topped half a million dollars in just 14 weeks. Kaiser Health News Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Rosenthal discussed the latest NPR-KHN “Bill of the Month” installment on “CBS This Morning” on Thursday. Rosenthal said the case exemplifies what happens ….  Read More