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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.

Cost Of U.S. Opioid Epidemic Since 2001 Is $1 Trillion And Climbing

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500

Economists tracking federal mortality data say the opioid crisis is undercutting the productivity of people in their prime working years — 30s and 40s.

Drugmakers Spent Millions Promoting Opioids To Patient Groups, Senate Report Says

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 04:24:00 -0500

The report released by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill says the cozy relationship between pain advocacy groups and pharmaceutical companies may have played a key role in the opioid crisis.

OxyContin Manufacturer Says It Will Stop Promoting Opioid Painkiller To Doctors

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:20:00 -0500

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with journalist Sam Quinones about Purdue Pharma's announcement that it would stop promoting its blockbuster opioid painkiller OxyContin to doctors. Purdue's move comes as it faces dozens of lawsuits.

Can A Patient Gown Makeover Move Hospitals To Embrace Change?

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:39:20 -0500

A Maryland hospital chain is testing new gowns that offer more coverage for patients' backsides. It's not the first time designers have tried to change the despised garment, without much success.

What The Budget Deal Means For Medicare Drug Prices

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 08:02:30 -0500

The new budget will likely lower the cost of expensive prescription drugs for Medicare patients. Elisabeth Rosenthal of Kaiser Health News talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

Spot Shortages Of Antiviral Drugs Seen As Flu Season Drags On

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:13:45 -0500

Flu drugs recommended for vulnerable people, including young children and the elderly, are getting hard to find in some parts of the country, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.