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Picky health plans come cheap in eastern Tennessee

Picky health plans come cheap in eastern Tennessee

July 8, 2014 8:56 am by | 0 Comments

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Angela Allen’s struggle to ease her neck pain has been a huge pain in the neck. Her regular spine doctor does not accept the new insurance she…


Understanding how Medicare calculates scores for hospital-acquired conditions

Understanding how Medicare calculates scores for hospital-acquired conditions

June 23, 2014 6:13 am by | 0 Comments

A quarter of the nation’s hospitals in October will receive lower Medicare payments because their rates of patient complications are higher than their peers. Federal officials released a preliminary analysis in April scoring hospitals and provisi…



More than 750 hospitals face $330M in penalties for patient injuries, infections

More than 750 hospitals face $330M in penalties for patient injuries, infections

June 23, 2014 6:13 am by | 0 Comments

During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel and sent her home. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time…


For second straight year, hospital readmission rate drops (but not enough)

For second straight year, hospital readmission rate drops (but not enough)

May 8, 2014 6:00 am by | 0 Comments

Two major safety shortcomings in America’s hospitals—the frequency with which patients get hurt during their stays and the large number who are readmitted—have decreased as government penalties and other programs…


Doctors overlook lucrative procedures when naming unwise treatments

Doctors overlook lucrative procedures when naming unwise treatments

April 14, 2014 2:57 pm by | 0 Comments

When America’s joint surgeons were challenged to come up with a list of unnecessary procedures in their field, their selections shared one thing: none significantly impacted their incomes.
TheAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons discouraged&n…


Medicare data shows wide differences in ACOs’ patient care

Medicare data shows wide differences in ACOs’ patient care

February 21, 2014 5:51 pm by | 0 Comments

Networks of doctors and hospitals set up under the Affordable Care Act to improve patients’ health and save money for Medicare are having varying rates of success in addressing their…


The 10 least expensive health insurance exchange markets in America

The 10 least expensive health insurance exchange markets in America

February 13, 2014 12:15 pm by | 1 Comments

People in much of Minnesota, northwestern Pennsylvania and Tucson, Ariz., are getting the best bargains from the health care law’s new insurance marketplaces: premiums half the price or less than…



ACA: Healthcare for those in southwest Georgia is far from ‘affordable’

ACA: Healthcare for those in southwest Georgia is far from ‘affordable’

February 3, 2014 5:55 am by | 0 Comments

ALBANY, Ga. — If Lee Mullins lived in Pittsburgh, he could buy mid-level health coverage for his family for $940 a month. If he lived in Beverly Hills, he would…


Here are the 10 most expensive insurance markets in the U.S.

Here are the 10 most expensive insurance markets in the U.S.

February 3, 2014 5:54 am by | 2 Comments

These are the 10 regions of the country with the highest premiums for people buying insurance on the health law’s new marketplaces.  The ranking is based on the lowest price…


Medicare identifies 97 best and 95 worst hospitals for hip and knee replacements

Medicare identifies 97 best and 95 worst hospitals for hip and knee replacements

December 18, 2013 1:52 am by | 4 Comments

Medicare has begun tracking the outcomes of hip and knee replacement surgeries, identifying 95 hospitals where elderly patients were more likely to suffer significant setbacks. The government also named 97…


The race is on: Uninsured people have three weeks to meet Obamacare deadline

The race is on: Uninsured people have three weeks to meet Obamacare deadline

December 2, 2013 5:00 am by | 0 Comments

Tambra Momi has been eagerly awaiting the promise of guaranteed health insurance. Since 2011, she has battled Dercum’s disease, a rare and painful condition in which non-cancerous tumors sprout throughout her body, pressing against nerves. Jobless and …


Federal government wants more control over Medicare spending

Federal government wants more control over Medicare spending

December 1, 2013 10:36 am by | 0 Comments

After years of trying to clamp down on hospital spending, the federal government wants to get control over what Medicare spends on nursing homes, home health services and other medical…


With multiple companies rating hospital quality, how do consumers pick the ‘best’?

With multiple companies rating hospital quality, how do consumers pick the ‘best’?

October 11, 2013 6:14 am by | 0 Comments

What is the best hospital in Washington, D.C.? It’s not as easy to figure out as you might think. Over the past two decades, a cottage industry of nonprofits and…


Healthcare exchange impact will take years to assess

Healthcare exchange impact will take years to assess

September 30, 2013 7:43 am by | 0 Comments

Rev your engines: On Oct. 1 people can start shopping for insurance on the new on-line marketplaces created by the health law. The first weeks and months will be closely watched, but many policy experts say don’t speed to judgment on how well they are …


U.S. health spending will continue to grow in next ten years

U.S. health spending will continue to grow in next ten years

September 18, 2013 4:01 pm by | 1 Comments

The nation’s total health spending will bump up next year as the health law expands insurance coverage to more Americans, and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections released Wednesday by …