Image MICHEILE HENDERSON/UNSPLASH Weighing risks of a major surgery: 7 questions older Americans should ask their surgeon Surgery can be lifesaving or improve a senior’s quality of life, but advanced age puts people at greater risk of unwanted outcomes. Jan 3 Image NATALIA MERZLYAKOVA/FOTOLIA Want a clue on health care costs in advance? New tools take a crack at It Under a new federal rule, health insurers and employers that offer health plans must provide online calculators for patients to get detailed estimates of what they will owe for a range of services and drugs. Jan 3 Image SHUTTERSTOCK ER doctors call private equity staffing practices illegal and seek to ban them Most states, but not Oregon and Washington, ban the so-called corporate practice of medicine. Dec 27, 2022 Image TESTING FOR ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE/WILL CROWNE, DFID - UK DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CC BY 2.0 <HTTPS://CREATIVECOMMONS.ORG/LICENSES/BY/2.0>, VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS Is legislation to safeguard Americans against superbugs a boondoggle or breakthrough? Superbugs that can’t be treated kill more than 35,000 Americans and an estimated 1.27 million people worldwide each year. Dec 20, 2022 Image PHOTO BY ASHKAN FOROUZANI ON UNSPLASH Medicare pay cuts will hurt seniors’ care, doctors argue Since the early 2000s, Congress has voted every year or two to delay or reverse plans to reduce Medicare payments to doctors. Dec 20, 2022 Image SHUTTERSTOCK In rural america, deadly costs of opioids outweigh the dollars tagged to address them When billions of dollars in national opioid settlements are divided among states and localities using population-based formulas, what trickles down to hard-hit places can be a trifling sum. Dec 15, 2022 Image Nurses at Legacy Health Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. | LYNNE TERRY/THE LUND REPORT Squeezed by temp nurse costs, hospital systems create their own staffing agencies An increasing number of hospital systemshave created in-house staffing teams to cope with the pandemic-fueled nursing shortage. Dec 15, 2022 Image THOMAS BREHER/PIXABAY States challenge Biden to lower drug prices by allowing imports from Canada The Biden administration is facing mounting pressure from states to let them import medicine from Canada to help lower prescription drug costs. Dec 15, 2022 Image A YOUNG CHILD WITH RSV IS TREATED AT COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER IN MISSOULA, MONTANA./COMMUNITY MEDICAL CENTER VIA KHN. Hospital financial decisions played role in the critical shortage of pediatric beds for RSV patients Over the last decade hospitals have shuttered children’s wards and expanded the number of beds available for more profitable endeavors. Dec 10, 2022 Image THOMAS BREHER/PIXABAY Employers Use Patient Assistance Programs To Offset Their Own Costs Employers are tapping into dollars provided through programs they have previously criticized: patient financial assistance initiatives set up by drugmakers. Dec 8, 2022 First page « First Previous page ‹ Previous Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Current page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 … Next page Next › Last page Last » Subscribe to Kaiser Health News Image Newsletter Sign up for our health news updates.Sign Up Get Involved SHARE YOUR PERSPECTIVEWhether you work within the health system or experience it as a patient, we want to hear from you.NEWS TIPSSecurely submit an anonymous news tip or confidential document.DONATESupport our journalism by making a tax-deductible gift.