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Health Issues

Digital Shift Swells Profits for Electronic Medical Record Industry

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions, a firm that lobbied heavily for government support of digital medical records, witnessed its annual sales more than double from $548 million in 2009 to $1.44 billion in 2012...

Federal Government Releases List of Health Benefits Insurers Must Offer

The Affordable Care Act sets out 10 benefit categories that must be covered by most individual and small-group insurance plans at the same level as a typical employer plan, ranging from hospitalization to prescription drugs to maternity and newborn care...

Hospitals Chase Medicare Performance-Based Bonuses

A 2008 study of Massachusetts doctors revealed that doctors who receive incentives to improve the overall health of their patients saw no better results than doctors who received no bonuses...

Health Insurance Exchanges Create State Problems

The health insurance exchanges create the appearance of private-sector delivery but instead create politically favored monopolies...

Preventable Hospital Readmissions Continue to Pose Problem

More than 1 million Americans wind up back in the hospital only weeks after they left for reasons that could have been prevented...

States Seek to Redefine Who Can Provide Care

A proposal in California would allow physician assistants to treat more patients, nurse practitioners to set up independent practices, and pharmacists and optometrists to act as primary care providers...

Hip-Replacement Cost Hard to Pin Down

Just under half -- 45 percent -- of top-ranked hospitals were able to provide a bundled price -- physician and hospital -- for the cost of a hip replacement...

Defensive Medicine May Be Costlier Than It Seems

Several economic studies have found that states that have enacted malpractice reforms experienced a mere 2 percent to 5 percent reduction in health care spending compared to states that have not...

Misleading World Health Rankings

Thanks to such technologies as emergency incubators, the U.S. neonatal mortality rate has dropped to just 5 percent today from 95 percent in the 1960s...

Many Companies May Drop Employee Coverage under ObamaCare

A 2011 McKinsey survey found that 30 percent of employers would "definitely or probably" drop health insurance after 2014...


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