Month: December 2019

A Reality Check On Artificial Intelligence: Are Health Care Claims Overblown?

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Health products powered by artificial intelligence, or AI, are streaming into our lives, from virtual doctor apps to wearable sensors and drugstore chatbots. IBM boasted that its AI could “outthink cancer.” Others say computer systems that read X-rays will make radiologists obsolete. “There’s nothing that I’ve seen in my 30-plus years studying medicine that could ….  Read More

Hospital Group Mum As Members Pursue Patients With Lawsuits And Debt Collectors

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The American Hospital Association, the biggest hospital trade group, says it promotes “best practices” among medical systems to treat patients more effectively and improve community health. But the powerful association has stayed largely silent about hospitals suing thousands of patients for overdue bills, seizing homes or wages and even forcing families into bankruptcy. Atlantic Health ….  Read More

Coping With Loss Of Hospital, Rural Town Realizes: We Don’t Need A Hospital

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Eliza Oliver helps her daughter, Taelyn, step down from the exam table after her wellness check at Community Health Center. The child’s doctor, who worked at the now-closed hospital, has been given a medical scribe who takes notes. The visit this time seemed more “personal,” Oliver says. This story also ran on NPR. This story ….  Read More

Reports Of Patients’ Deaths Linked To Heart Devices Lurk Below Radar

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The Food and Drug Administration continues to file thousands of reports of patients’ deaths related to medical devices through a reporting system that keeps the safety data out of the public eye. The system is similar to a vast program exposed earlier this year by KHN that kept device-injury reports effectively hidden within the agency. ….  Read More

Readers And Tweeters: More Than Two Sides To Every Story

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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. Dispensing The Facts — Or Dispensing With The Facts? Kaiser Health News and PolitiFact HealthCheck’s rating of our advertisement on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing legislation, H.R. 3, ignored ….  Read More

Electronic Health Records Creating A ‘New Era’ Of Health Care Fraud

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The federal government funneled billions in subsidies to software vendors who overstated or deceived the government about what their products could do, according to whistleblowers. This story also ran on Fortune. This story can be republished for free (details). Derek Lewis was working as an electronic health records specialist for the nation’s largest hospital chain ….  Read More

Texas Law Highlights Dilemma Over Care For Patients With No Hope Of Survival

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Use Our Content This story can be republished for free (details). FORT WORTH, Texas ― Critically ill Tinslee Lewis ― a Fort Worth baby embroiled in a dispute between her family and a hospital over whether to continue life-sustaining treatment ― is the most recent public face of the heartbreaking and intractable dilemmas often confronted ….  Read More

Paying It Forward: ‘Bill Of The Month’ Series, A Vital Toolkit For Patients, Wraps Year 2

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Hannah Norman, Kaiser Health News In 2018, KHN and NPR launched “Bill of the Month,” a crowdsourced investigation in which we dissect, investigate and explain medical bills you send us. In telling the story behind one patient’s bill each month, our goal is to understand the genesis of the often exorbitant and baffling charges that ….  Read More

For Her Head Cold, Insurer Coughed Up $25,865

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Alexa Kasdan had a cold and a sore throat. The 40-year-old public policy consultant from Brooklyn, N.Y., didn’t want her upcoming vacation trip ruined by strep throat. So, after it had lingered for more than a week, she decided to get it checked out. Kasdan visited her primary care physician, Dr. Roya Fathollahi, at Manhattan ….  Read More

California AG Details ‘Historic’ Settlement Agreement In Sutter Health Antitrust Case

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[Updated at 7 p.m. ET to reflect news developments.] Sutter Health will pay $575 million to settle a closely watched antitrust case filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, whose office had accused the nonprofit health care giant of using its market dominance in Northern California to illegally drive up prices. Under terms of the ….  Read More