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In The Age Of Digital Medicine, The Humble Reflex Hammer Hangs On

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:00:03 -0400

Nearly 130 years since its inception, a modest knob of rubber with a metal handle is still invaluable in diagnosing disease and avoiding expensive testing. But its history is anything but simple.

Two Sisters Try To Tackle Drug Use At A Montana Indian Reservation

Sat, 27 May 2017 05:00:03 -0400

With a lack of treatment options at the Fort Belknap reservation, the pair has sparked a grassroots response to substance abuse by creating peer support groups — the only choice for many seeking help.

In Arizona, Doctors Criticize Tightening Of Late Abortion Rules

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

Many states have laws about what to do if there are signs of life after an abortion. But Arizona legislators have passed new rules that some doctors say go against national standards of care.

As Nursing Homes Evict Patients, States Question Motives

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:13:00 -0400

According to the federal government, the top complaint about nursing homes is wrongful eviction. Advocates say nursing homes want residents who pay more but require less care.

Can Comfort Care At The ER Help Older People Live Longer And Suffer Less?

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:57:00 -0400

Many older patients have problems that an emergency room is ill-equipped to handle, but often there is nowhere else to go. So some hospitals are adding palliative care consultants to the front lines.

Do You Know What Red Nose Day Is?

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:19:00 -0400

The name may be silly, but Red Nose Day — which is today — has a serious mission. How do charity evaluators size up this campaign?

Patient, Doctor Groups Say New CBO Score Reveals Health Care Bill's Flaws

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:23:00 -0400

The latest analysis by the Congressional Budget Office says the bill would lead to 23 million fewer people having insurance coverage and would cut the federal deficit by $119 billion over 10 years.

Senate Considers GOP Health Bill With Newly Released CBO Data

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:28:00 -0400

The Congressional Budget Office has given its assessment of the House Republican health care bill. Rachel Martin talks to GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota about the bill's chances in the Senate.

CBO Releases Score For House-Approved American Health Care Act

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:50:00 -0400

The Congressional Budget Office gave its projections Wednesday on the costs and impact of the version of the American Health Care Act passed by the House earlier this month.

GOP Health Plan Would Leave 23 Million More Uninsured, Budget Office Says

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:41:00 -0400

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Republicans' Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill would also reduce the deficit and leave some sick Americans unable to buy coverage.

Health Care Industry Anticipates CBO Score For House-Approved Bill

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:30:00 -0400

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Caroline Pearson, senior vice president of Avalere Health, about what the new CBO score for the American Health Care Act means for reconciliation with the Senate.

Sen. Tim Kaine On Trump And Russia And GOP Health Care Bill

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:03:00 -0400

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia talks with Rachel Martin about Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' testimony and the upcoming CBO score of the Republican health care bill.

CBO To Update GOP Health Plan Analysis

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:03:00 -0400

We preview the upcoming Congressional Budget Office analysis of Republicans' health care legislation. The CBO is scheduled to release the update Wednesday afternoon.

Medical Research, Health Care Face Deep Cuts In Trump Budget

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:00 -0400

The administration's proposed budget would cut billions out of health programs at the NIH, CDC and FDA, as well as Medicaid services for children, the elderly and disabled.

GOP Bill Could Undercut Some Coverage In Job-Based Insurance

Tue, 23 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

If states opted to change so-called essential health benefits, as the current health care bill allows, out-of-pocket spending limits and caps on coverage in large group insurance plans could weaken.