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House approves permanent fix for Medicare doctor payment

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PBS NewsHour
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For more than a decade, doctors who treat Medicare patients have been threatened with pay cuts due to a faulty formula of how doctors are reimbursed. But in a rare bipartisan agreement, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a deal to permanently end the problem and reward quality of care, not quantity. Gwen Ifill learns more from Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News. Continue


The Vaccine War

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FRONTLINE
PBS


Amid a new outbreak of measles, health officials are again urging parents to immunize their children and reassuring them that there is no link between vaccines and disorders like autism. But the war over vaccines rages on, pitting the scientific establishment against a populist coalition of parents, celebrities, and activists. Continue


Beijing+20; Hillary Clinton Doctrine; "War on Women" Over?

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To The Contrary
PBS


Beijing+20: How far have women come and what still needs to be done, 20 years after the famed women's conference? Hillary Clinton Doctrine: How much has Hillary Clinton done to improve women's lives? "War on Women": Democrats say it's back, while Republicans say it's over. PANEL: Kellyanne Conway; Neera Tanden; Erin Matson; Rina Shah Continue


Can a helmet sensor help prevent brain trauma in athletes?

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


As we learn more about the effects of concussions and sports-related head trauma, parents, coaches and medical professionals are debating how to keep players safe. Some are looking to technology, like a device worn under the helmet that shows the force of impact after a fall or collision. Hari Sreenivasan reports as part of our Breakthroughs series. Continue


Why home care workers struggle with low wages

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


With most aging Americans wanting to stay in their own homes, the need for in-home caregivers is skyrocketing. But unlike most other jobs, there's no federal guarantee that these workers get minimum wage or overtime. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports on the challenge of getting care that’s reasonably priced while still paying caretakers a living wage. Continue


50 years on, veterans find healing in return to Vietnam

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Fifty years since the first major American combat unit was deployed to Vietnam, the lethal legacies of war still haunt generations of civilians in that country. Special correspondent Mike Cerre, who served in that conflict, reports from Danang about some Americans who have returned in hopes of making a difference. Continue


Why workers’ comp isn’t working for many who need it

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Workers’ compensation benefits have played a critical role in the American labor market by allowing businesses to pay for medical costs and wages if an employee is injured on the job. But a new investigation has found that more than 30 states have passed laws reducing these benefits. Judy Woodruff learns more about the impact from Michael Grabell of ProPublica and Howard Berkes of NPR. Continue


From the Vault: Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

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Washington Week
PBS


The Supreme Court is considering a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act that contends only people who sign up for insurance on state exchanges are eligible for the federal subsidies. Just three years ago, the justices narrowly upheld Obamacare in a 5-4 decision with Chief Justice Roberts casting the deciding vote. Continue


Rx: The Quiet Revolution - Extended Preview

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Rx: The Quiet Revolution
PBS


In this inspiring new documentary, filmmaker David Grubin — the son of a general practitioner — takes his camera across America to focus on the challenges and triumphs in our country’s health care delivery system. Premieres Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


The extra costs of extra weight for older adults

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Lifelong obesity, now common in the U.S., is beginning to change how Americans age. Along Alabama's Gulf Coast, one in three adults is obese, and many who have lived with the negative health effects of excess weight are entering their senior years. Special correspondent Sarah Varney of Kaiser Health News reports on the added costs, disabilities and challenges for older obese patients. Continue


The Medicaid bill that doesn't go away when you die

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Medicaid is thought of as free health insurance for the poor, but federal law requires that recipients pay for the costs of long-term care. And when patients die, Medicaid charges the expenses to the leftover assets in their estates, sometimes passing the burden on to heirs. Special correspondent Sally Schilling reports on how California is debating the rule. Continue


A disputed diagnosis that sends parents to prison for abuse

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


For decades, when a child appeared in an emergency room with certain symptoms, including bleeding behind the eyes and bleeding around the brain, many doctors assumed violent shaking to be the cause. But in recent years, the Shaken Baby Syndrome diagnosis has come under intense scrutiny, and so have many of the resulting prosecutions and convictions. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports. Continue


Study raises questions about value of breast cancer biopsies

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


Breast biopsies are good for accurately diagnosing invasive cancerous cells, but are less accurate when it comes to finding other abnormalities, according to a new study. This means many women may receive unnecessarily aggressive treatment. Hari Sreenivasan learns more about the findings from lead author Dr. Joann Elmore of the University of Washington. Continue


Experimental therapy trains immune cells to kill leukemia

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PBS NewsHour
PBS


At the University of Pennsylvania, a research team has been working on an experimental treatment to kill leukemia with a patient's own immune system cells. So far, the results have shown startling success. Special correspondent Jackie Judd reports on the growing research on immunotherapy in fighting cancer. Continue


Doctors Meeting

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Rx: The Quiet Revolution
PBS


Doctors in Maine, including Dr. Chris Kramer and Dr. David Loxterkamp, speak about their experiences treating patients with chronic illnesses and how the health care system has failed them. Filmmaker David Grubin — the son of a general practitioner — takes his camera across America to focus on the challenges and triumphs in our country’s health care delivery system. Continue


Hillary, Congress & Ferguson: Perils of Seeing More Clearly

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Washington Week
PBS


"Let’s have a chat about transparency, and how much we really want to know about the way things work. This week provided several good examples of the discussion along the campaign trail, and in all three branches of government." Continue


Rx: The Quiet Revolution - Teaser

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Rx: The Quiet Revolution
PBS


Meet a diverse group of doctors, nurses and health care professionals who are transforming the way we receive our medical care. Premieres Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


Rx: The Quiet Revolution - Preview

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Rx: The Quiet Revolution
PBS


Filmmaker David Grubin — the son of a general practitioner — takes his camera from Maine to Alaska to introduce us to a diverse group of doctors, nurses and health care professionals who are transforming the way we receive our medical care: lowering costs by placing the patient at the center of their practice. Premieres Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET. Check your local listings. Continue


Actor Jeff Bridges & Share Our Strength CEO Bill Shore

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Tavis Smiley
PBS


The Academy Award winning actor discusses the "No Kid Hungry" campaign, alongside the CEO of Share Our Strength, Bill Shore. Continue


"The Vaccine War" - Preview

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FRONTLINE
PBS


FRONTLINE investigates the science and the politics of vaccine safety. Amid a new outbreak of measles, health officials are once again urging parents to immunize their children and reassuring them that there is no link between vaccines and disorders like autism. But the war over vaccines rages on. An updated version of FRONTLINE's 2010 film "The Vaccine War" airs Mar. 24 on PBS and online. Continue


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