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12:54am

Fri September 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 5:59 am

I think I see the problem.
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Hear the words health care and Congress, and you think fight, right?

And you'd be forgiven, particularly because the House has now voted some 40 times in the past two years to repeal or otherwise undo portions of the Affordable Care Act.

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1:43am

Wed September 4, 2013
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For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 7:25 am

The next bed could cost you a lot if the hospital says you're there on observation.
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If you're on Medicare and you're in the hospital for a few days, you may think you're an inpatient. The hospital may have other ideas. Increasingly, hospitals are placing older patients on "observation status." They may be there for days, but technically they're still outpatients.

This is a big deal for someone on Medicare because follow-up treatment in a nursing home isn't covered unless someone has been an inpatient for at least three days. That's leaving some seniors on the hook for thousands of dollars in nursing home bills.

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9:31am

Thu August 29, 2013
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Politician And Health Quality Guru Berwick Consults For U.K.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:23 am

Gubernatorial hopeful Dr. Donald Berwick speaks at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention in July.
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12:34pm

Wed August 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Looking For Free Condoms? There's A Health Department App For That

Free and findable thanks to this app.
New York City Health Department

Like radio, public health communication is all about figuring out how to connect with the audience.

New York City is betting that if you're anticipating a night of adventure, you might make use of the Find Condoms NYC app.

The app scans the New York Health Department's list of 3,000 sites that distribute free condoms, and uses a smartphone's GPS to list and map the five closest spots. In the moment, convenience counts.

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1:58pm

Tue August 27, 2013
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Patients Love A Gentler Approach To Surgery, But Surgeons Balk

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:37 pm

We know you'd rather skip the fasting and bowel prep. But that's the way we've always done it.
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Surgery can be a necessary misery, endured in hope of health.

But what if you took away the misery, and kept the benefits?

When hospitals quit subjecting patients to prolonged fasting, nasogastric tubes, abdominal drains, and other commonplaces of surgical care, a study finds, patients feel less pain and recover faster.

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