Obama administration officials on Thursday predicted health insurance premiums would be stable next year despite concerns
In a report released Wednesday, the World Health Organization warned that society may soon be sliding into a “post-antibiotic era” in which common illnesses like pneumonia will once again become feared killers and surgery will come with heightened infection risks.
New Medicare guidance taking effect today aims to stop the federal government from paying millions of dollars to hospice organizations and drug insurance plans for the same prescriptions for seniors. But the changes may make it more difficult for dying patients to get some medications, senior advocates and hospice providers say.
The new measures direct insurers not to pay for any prescriptions for hospice patients until they receive confirmation that the drugs are not covered instead by the hospice provider. Continue reading
Full implementation of the health law, and its wider coverage, new taxes and shifting subsidies, has renewed discussions of winners and losers, makers and moochers. Continue reading
Step over nursing homes and golf communities. More baby boomers are reaching 67 and, unsatisfied with just the status quo options for retirement, they are looking for unique lifestyles that satiate their desire to join an active, intellectually stimulating and inter-generational community. Continue reading
Testosterone prescriptions in the U.S. more than tripled in the last decade, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. But researchers suspect much of the testosterone dispensed at low T clinics isn’t tracked since it’s often bought with cash. This unfettered flow of testosterone—officially a controlled substance—has raised concerns among doctors who specialize in hormonal problems. Continue reading
DURHAM, Ore. — After months of trying to get its problem-plagued online health exchange to work, Oregon on Friday officially gave up on the state portal and decided to switch to the federal website — the first state in the … Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration announced it intends to regulate the ever-growing business of electronic cigarettes, which produce an inhalable nicotine vapor. Under the new guidelines, e-cigarette sales to anyone under the age of 18 would be banned. Judy Woodruff takes a closer look at the regulations with Mitch Zeller, director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. Continue reading
Citing efforts “to make the next generation tobacco-free,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new rules Thursday for e-cigarettes that would regulate the devices in a manner similar to traditional cigarettes. The new rule would require manufacturers of e-cigarettes … Continue reading