Month: September 2019

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

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By Jordan Rau September 30, 2019 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 as 3 percent ….  Read More

Pediatricians Stand By Meds For ADHD, But Some Say Therapy Should Come First

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This story is part of a partnership that includes KCUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). When children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall are usually the first line of treatment. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines Monday upholding ….  Read More

Listen: Five Oklahoma Hospitals Collapsed – What Happened?

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September 27, 2019 KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber joined StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Jackie Fortiér to discuss why a series of rural hospitals collapsed, leaving hundreds of residents without jobs and their communities without lifesaving emergency medical care. Weber and California Healthline senior correspondent Barbara Feder Ostrov wrote an in-depth story on the business practices of ….  Read More

KHN Files Lawsuit To Force Feds To Disclose Medicare Advantage Audits

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Kaiser Health News is suing the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to release dozens of audits that the agency says reveal hundreds of millions of dollars in overcharges by Medicare Advantage health plans. The suit, filed late Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco under the Freedom of Information Act, seeks copies ….  Read More

Sickened By Billing Abuses, Readers And Tweeters Stand Up For Patients’ Rights

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Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Private Equity Predators? First of all, let me thank you for writing about such an important issue (“Investors’ Deep-Pocket Push To Defend Surprise Medical Bills,” Sept. 11). I am going ….  Read More

Insurers Test New Way To Cut Maternity Care Costs: Bundling

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The thrill of delivering newborns helped pull Dr. Jack Feltz into the field of obstetrics and gynecology. More than 30 years later, he still enjoys treating patients, he said. But now, Feltz is also working to change the way doctors are paid for maternity care. Feltz’s New Jersey-based practice, Lifeline Medical Associates, recently partnered with ….  Read More

Uber And Lyft Ride-Sharing Services Hitch Onto Medicaid

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This story also ran on USA Today. This story can be republished for free (details). Arizona Medicaid Director Jami Snyder heard many complaints about enrollees missing medical appointments because the transportation provided by the state didn’t show or came too late. So this summer she hatched a solution familiar to millions of Americans looking for ….  Read More

The Delicate Issue Of Taking Away A Senior’s Smartphone

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Judith Graham At first, Dr. Robert Zorowitz thought his 83-year-old mother was confused. She couldn’t remember passwords to accounts on her computer. She would call and say programs had stopped working. But over time, Zorowitz realized his mother — a highly intelligent woman who was comfortable with technology ― was showing early signs of dementia. ….  Read More

In Tiny Doses, An Addiction Medication Moonlights As Treatment For Chronic Pain

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This story is part of a partnership that includes KCUR, NPR and Kaiser Health News. This story can be republished for free (details). Lori Pinkley, a 50-year-old from Kansas City, Mo., has struggled with puzzling chronic pain since she was 15. She has had countless disappointing visits with doctors. Some said they couldn’t help her. ….  Read More

Meet The Health Officials Who Alerted The World To The Alarming Vaping Illness

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This story also ran on CNN. This story can be republished for free (details). MILWAUKEE — Dr. Lynn D’Andrea knew something was amiss when three teenagers with similar mysterious, dangerous lung injuries came into the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin one after another, gasping for air. As the only pulmonologist on duty that Fourth of July ….  Read More