Providing long term care at a reasonable cost — especially for low-income Americans who are elderly or have disabilities — has long been a challenge in the U.S. In California, long term care providers are coordinating in order to tackle the special challenges faced by those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports. Continue reading
During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her again, she was so weakened that she was placed in a medically induced coma at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina.
Comatose and on a respirator for six weeks, she contracted pneumonia. “When they stopped the sedation and I woke up, I had no idea what had happened to me,” said Handron, 60. “I kind of felt like Rip Van Winkle.” Continue reading
A computer programmer and a kid in a Batman suit walk into a pancake house…it sounds like a joke, but it really happened, and now the programmer, Dave Vockell, has a new product to bring to market. It’s an app to help seniors talk to their doctors about medical care.
“Like all great health care breakthroughs, it happened at the International House of Pancakes,” he says, half-jokingly. Continue reading
A growing number of people who got infected in the 1960s through the 1990s have now “used up” the infection’s latency period, notes Dr. Camilla Graham of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, “which is why we’re now seeing this dramatic increase in the number of people developing complications and dying of hepatitis. And we expect this to continue to increase for the next 10 years.” Continue reading
Medicare’s release Wednesday of millions of records of payments made to the nation’s doctors comes as the government is looking to find more cost-efficient ways to pay physicians, particularly specialists.
Just 3 percent of doctors and medical providers received at least one-quarter of the $77 billion paid to providers by the government in 2012, according to an unprecedented and controversial release of data by Medicare. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Dr. Ardis Hoven of the American Medical Association and Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News. Continue reading
Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on health care financing. Continue reading
How does you state rank in terms of financial pressure for workers who want to one day retire? We mapped and charted the data. Continue reading
Not all readers bought Lew Mandell’s skepticism of long-term care insurance. Is it not a smart investment for Americans who can’t afford to self-insure their future care? Mandell returns to explain when this investment makes sense and when it’s a waste. Continue reading
The big deadline is coming March 31. By that day, for the first time, nearly everyone in the United States is required to be signed up for health insurance or risk paying a fine. Continue reading