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2:51pm

Thu October 11, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Among Disciplined Nurse Aides, Criminal Records Turn Up

HHS found that 19 percent of nurse aides who'd been disciplined had a prior conviction that would have shown up on a background check.
Matt Rourke AP

There are two ways to look at results of a recent investigation of nursing homes by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Both are pretty disturbing.

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7:38am

Sun October 7, 2012
Health

Few Colorado Businesses Use Health Insurance Tax Credit

John Crandall, owner of the Old Town Bike Shop in Colorado Springs, advises customer Gayle Allen. Crandall found taking the tax credit for health insurance for his employees easy, but he’s in the minority among other business owners across Colorado.
Ann Imse Colorado Public News
  • Carol McKinley reports for Colorado Public News

When small-business owner John Crandall learned two years ago that his Colorado Springs bike shop qualified for a new health care tax credit, he jumped to take advantage of it.

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1:37am

Wed October 3, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Dings Hospitals For Too Many Repeat Customers

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 8:14 am

Denver Health has a network of clinics to keep track of patients discharged from its hospital.
Denver Health

A paradox of American health care is that hospitals are sometimes rewarded for doing things badly.

Patients who are discharged, for example, shouldn't have to come right back because they got worse after getting home. But if they do come back, hospitals benefit because they can fill an empty bed and bill for more care.

The federal government says, in fact, that Medicare alone pays $17.4 billion a year for unnecessary return visits.

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8:59am

Tue October 2, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How Some Parents Could Learn Adult Daughters' Birth Control Habits

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:53 am

An insurer's note could tip parents to their adult daughter's use of the pill.
iStockphoto.com

The 2010 health law removes one of the big barriers to contraception for many young women: cost. But if they don't feel confident that the care they will receive is confidential, these women may not take advantage of it.

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11:11am

Mon October 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Medicare Rolls Out Carrots And Sticks For Hospital Quality

Medicare to hospitals: Take your pick of carrot or stick.
iStockphoto.com

Starting today, America's hospitals will find that their checks from Medicare are a little bit lighter.

As part of the government's biggest effort yet at paying for performance, Medicare is withholding 1 percent of its regular hospital payments and putting that money into a fund to reward hospitals that score well on 20 different quality measures.

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