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31 Jan

Tick, Tock: Administration Misses Some Health Law Deadlines

Updated at 1:48 p.m. to reflect the administration\'s announcement that 500 groups will participate in a pilot program to change how doctors and hospitals are paid.

By Phil Galewitz KHN Staff Writer Jan 31, 2013 The Obama administration is late in implementing several provisions of the federal health overhaul intended to improve access to care and lower costs. The programs, slated to take effect Jan. 1, wNere supposed to increase fees to primary care doctors who treat Medicaid patients, give states more federal funding if they eliminate Medicaid co-pays for...

13 Jan

Prevention & Wellness

Under the health care law, many insurers are required to cover certain preventive services at no cost to you.

New Preventive Benefits for Women It's a new day for women under the Affordable Care Act. Services to keep you healthy including well-woman visits, support for breastfeeding equipment, domestic violence screening and counseling, contraception, and more will be covered without cost sharing in new health plans starting in August 2012. Free Preventive Care for You and Your Family 8 New Prevention-Related Services for...

12 Jan

New York City to Restrict Prescription Painkillers in Public Hospitals’ Emergency Rooms

Restrict Prescription Painkillers

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS Some of the most common and most powerful prescription painkillers on the market will be restricted sharply in the emergency rooms at New York City’s 11 public hospitals, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Thursday in an effort to crack down on what he called a citywide and national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.  Under the new city policy, most...

8 Jan

Reform expected to raise young adult premiums

BY KATHRYN MAYER A provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act might make health insurance a lot more expensive for young adults, a new study finds. According to actuaries at consulting firm Oliver Wyman, the law’s age rating provision could mean a 42 percent hike in premium costs for people aged 21 to 29 when they buy individual coverage. Similarly, the research...

8 Jan

Prevention and Chronic Care Resources

Men: Stay Healthy at Any Age

Get the Screenings You Need Screenings are tests that look for diseases before you have symptoms. Blood pressure checks and tests for high cholesterol are examples of screenings. You can get some screenings, such as blood pressure readings, in your doctor's office. Others such as colonoscopy, a test for colorectal cancer, need special equipment, so you may need to go to a...

29 Dec

Where have all the doctors gone?

BY KATHRYN MAYER America has a real problem with its health care system. And in a time of true health reform, one big problem isn’t being addressed. We don’t have enough doctors. “This is a very real problem,” says Mitchell Best, COO and vice president of business development at Physician Wellness Services, an organization that helps physicians manage day-to-day stress and work and life...

17 Dec

Divorce raises risk women will be left without health coverage

A study quantifies the high number of women left without insurance after their marriages dissolve.

By Karen Caffarini, AMNews correspondent A University of Michigan study has found that about 115,000 American women lose private health insurance every year as a result of divorce, and their insurance coverage remains depressed for at least two years, a phenomenon physicians and practice managers believe can manifest itself in a drop in collections and patient traffic. Divorce is one factor contributing...

11 Dec

Doctors caution on initial bleeding risk with warfarin

The benefits of the blood thinner outweigh the risks, a study author says. HHS is seeking to highlight best practices in anticoagulation management.

By Kevin B. O'Reilly, amednews staff Rates of serious bleeding among patients taking warfarin are much higher than those found in clinical trials of the drug and are even greater during the first month of use, according to a five-year study of 125,195 seniors with atrial fibrillation. The findings complicate an already difficult decision-making process for patients with atrial fibrillation and highlight...

3 Dec

Medicare SGR sticker shock adds urgency to pay reform campaign

The price tag of a one-year Medicare payment patch rises to $25 billion as calls continue for a permanent measure to overhaul the program’s pay system.

By Charles Fiegl, amednews staff. Posted Dec. 3, 2012 Washington The cost of stopping the 2013 Medicare physician payment reduction has changed, increasing by $7 billion for a one-year pay patch that would preserve rates at 2012 levels, according to federal budget officials. The new Congressional Budget Office estimate will be referenced during negotiations in the lame-duck session of Congress to settle...

29 Nov

Voters don’t support raising Medicare age

Americans aren’t fond of the idea to raise the Medicare age from 65 to 67

By Kathryn Mayer A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Wednesday finds that some 69 percent of registered voters say they oppose such a plan, with half of all adults saying they "strongly oppose" raising the age to qualify for Medicare coverage. The question was posed to gauge the public’s opinion on some suggested plans for addressing the fiscal cliff. Both parties equally...

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