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Health Issues

California Mulls Expanding Role for Nurse Practitioners

Current California laws require that nurses treat a patient only after consulting a doctor, but some lawmakers are attempting to eliminate this requirement...

Part-Time Workers to Lose Pay under Affordable Care Act

Nationwide, an estimated 2.3 million workers could see their hours reduced due to the Affordable Care Act's health insurance mandate...

New Information Reveals Huge Price Variation between Hospitals

At the University of Miami Hospital, a heart attack with four stents costs $166,000; across the street at Jackson Memorial Hospital, the same surgery costs $89,000...

VA Electronic Health Records

Despite promises to increase its reliance on electronic health records, the VA maintains the same number as it did in 2007, says Kyle Buckley, a graduate student fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis and a veteran of the U.S. Army...

Physicians Misdiagnose at an Alarming Rate

An estimated 10 percent to 20 percent of health care cases are misdiagnosed, which exceeds drug errors and surgery on the wrong patient or body part, both of which receive considerably more attention...

England's National Health Services Offers Future Vision of ObamaCare

From 2005 to 2012, British hospital emergency room visits increased 22 percent, a period during which the population grew by only 4 percent...

Physical by Smartphone Becoming a Real Possibility

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved several mobile health devices and estimates that more than 500 million smartphone users worldwide will use some type of health app by 2015...

In Several States, Medicaid Expansion Remains in Limbo as Time Runs Short

In the final days and weeks of the legislative calendar, 16 states remain in limbo when it comes to expanding Medicaid...

Streamlined ObamaCare Application Leaves Program Open to Insurance Fraud

The length of the old application for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act was largely driven by the need to ensure that consumers were actually eligible for the government subsidies...

Study Finds Expanding Medicaid Didn't Lead To Big Health Gains

Medicaid boosted enrollees' use of medication but didn't seem to improve their health, says Devon Herrick, a senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis...


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