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Does A Larger Role For Midwives Mean Better Care?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:46:00 -0500

States that give midwives a greater role in patient care achieve better results on key measures of maternal and neonatal health, according to a new study.

Synergy Between Nurses And Automation Could Be Key To Finding Sepsis Early

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:40:00 -0500

A bedside computer loaded with software that tracks vital signs in the ICU can pick up early warning patterns, specialists say. But it takes a human care provider to sort the signal from the noise.

Europe Saw Fourfold Increase In Measles Cases In 2017

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:08:00 -0500

In 2017, the disease affected 21,315 people, compared to 5,273 in 2016. Last year, 35 people died in Europe because of measles. The World Health Organization says unvaccinated people are a factor.

ER Reduces Opioid Use By More Than Half With Dry Needles, Laughing Gas

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:02:00 -0500

Opioid prescriptions in one of the busiest emergency rooms in the U.S dropped 58 percent in the first year of an unusual program to help stem the opioid epidemic. More hospitals are copying the model.

Anthem Says Eye Surgeons Should Monitor Cataract Anesthesia Themselves

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:03:11 -0500

The insurer says it is not usually medically necessary to have an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist on hand most of the time during the common surgery.

Trump Administration Wants To Let Insurers Offer Plans With Fewer Benefits

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:48:00 -0500

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing a rule that would expand short-term policies that don't have to meet the Affordable Care Act's benefit requirements.

An Out-Of-Network Lab, An Elaborate Urine Test And Then A Surprise Bill

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:15:00 -0500

Elizabeth Moreno got hit with a $17,850 bill from a Texas lab after leaving a urine sample at her doctor's office. The lab had tested the sample for a wide range of legal and illicit drugs.

How A Urine Test After Back Surgery Triggered A $17,850 Bill

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:01:00 -0500

A few months after surgery for a painful spinal disk, a woman's doctor asked her for a sample of urine during a follow-up visit. The routine request turned into a financial nightmare.

Share Your Medical Bill With Us

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:50:49 -0500

Journalists from Kaiser Health News and NPR will be looking at surprising medical bills and figuring out what they can tell us about the health care system. You can share your story here.

Idaho Insurer Moves Ahead With Health Plans That Flout Federal Rules

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:59:00 -0500

Blue Cross of Idaho unveiled new health plans that break with federal requirements in several ways, including setting premiums based on applicants' health. What will the administration do?

Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:00:00 -0500

Several Planned Parenthood chapters and other groups are suing the federal government because they say their grants for sex education and pregnancy prevention were canceled without explanation.

Medical Records May Finally Be Coming To Your Apple Smartphone

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:14:43 -0500

In a planned upgrade of Apple's operating system for iPhones, the Health app will include health records, so people can take detailed, personal health information anywhere.

Maryland's No-Cost Vasectomy Law May Leave Some Patients Behind

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 05:00:18 -0500

State officials seeking to cover birth control methods for both men and women are trying to make sure the new law doesn't conflict with federal rules for health savings accounts.

Doctors In Maine Say Halt In OxyContin Marketing Comes '20 Years Late'

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:27:00 -0500

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, won't promote opioids to doctors anymore. In Maine, physicians say the change should have happened long ago.

Trump's Budget Proposal Swings At Drug Prices But May Land Only A Glancing Blow

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:59:00 -0500

The Trump administration rolled out a list of actions in its budget proposal to attack drug prices, but most of the measures dance around the edges of the problem.