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10:46am

Tue August 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Hospitals Gripe About Health Insurers, Too

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 11:19 am

When it comes to dealing with insurers, hospitals like some more than others.
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that health insurance companies can be a pain for patients. What may be a surprise is that hospitals often complain, too. And the reasons aren't so different from those of consumers: Denied claims. Low reimbursement. Late reimbursement. Thickets of red tape.

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7:42am

Tue August 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Oldest Americans Living Longer, And Are Fitter And Richer, Too

The latest data paint a brighter picture of aging in America.
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America's oldest citizens are generally getting healthier, living longer and doing better financially. But there's lots of room for improvement.

That's the take-home from an exhaustive picture of Americans over 65 put together by the federal government and released last week during the summer doldrums.

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1:29am

Tue August 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

High School Daze: The Perils of Sacrificing Sleep for Late-Night Studying

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:01 am

It may not be the best strategy to stay up late and cram. A new study finds that when teens don't get the sleep they need, all kinds of things can go poorly.
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High school students with heavy academic course loads often find the demands of homework colliding with the need for adequate sleep.

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1:28am

Tue August 21, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Health Law Gives Medicare Fraud Fighters New Weapons

Originally published on Wed August 22, 2012 7:01 am

With help from the Affordable Care Act, government fraud investigators will make more use of computer programs to detect Medicare and Medicaid scams.
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Fighting health care fraud in the U.S. can seem like an endless game of Whack-a-Mole. When government fraud squads crack down on one scheme, another pops up close by.

But the fraud squads that look for scams in the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs have some new weapons: tools and funding provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare and Medicaid pay out some $750 billion each year to more than 1.5 million doctors, hospitals and medical suppliers. By many estimates, about $65 billion a year is lost to fraud.

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3:31pm

Mon August 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Dr. Seuss On Malaria: 'This is Ann ... She Drinks Blood'

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 8:34 am

During World War II, Capt. Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — created a small booklet explaining how to prevent mosquito bites.
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Before he cooked up green eggs or taught us to count colorful fish, Dr. Seuss was a captain in the U.S. Army. And during World War II, the author and illustrator, whose given name was Theodor Geisel, spent a few years creating training films and pamphlets for the troops.

One of Geisel's Army cartoons was a booklet aimed at preventing malaria outbreaks among GIs by urging them to use nets and keep covered up.

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