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Pharmacy-Made Pain Creams Suspected Of Medicare Fraud

A report calls for scrutiny of made-to-order creams over fears they're overused and overpriced.

Medicare pays hundreds of millions of dollars each year for prescription creams, gels and lotions made-to-order by pharmacies — mainly as pain treatments.

Once Its Greatest Foes, Doctors Are Embracing Single-Payer

A shift is occurring, with many younger physicians concerned more about social justice than profit.

When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.

Missed Visits, Uncontrolled Pain and Fraud: Report Says Hospice Lacks Oversight

A federal report calls the regulators to ramp up oversight of the industry, citing patients in pain or distress and a lack of care.

Elderly patients spent over two weeks in uncontrolled pain or respiratory distress. Acute care was rare on weekends. And recruiters went door to door pitching fraudulent schemes, luring healthy patients to sign up for hospice in exchange for free housecleaning and medicine.

How Soon Is Soon Enough To Learn You Have Alzheimer’s?

Researchers are making progress on measuring signs of Alzheimer’s in blood that might lead to an inexpensive, noninvasive and early diagnosis tool.

Jose Belardo of Lansing, Kan., spent most of his career in the U.S. Public Health Service. He worked on the front lines of disasters in such places as Haiti, Colombia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

Bits of Captured Data Paint a Picture of Your Health

Data collected by apps, devices, even your refrigerator paint a picture of your health and your health status that can be sold to drug companies, insurance firms and advertisers.

Here’s a fun activity. Let’s look at my credit card statement from last month. Among other things, I paid for a pair of athletic leggings, four movie tickets, and two beers and a plate of nachos at a nearby restaurant.

Potential Hospital Sale to For-Profit Company Sparks Worries

Residents fear the sale of a longtime community hospital, considered an "essential" resource, to a for-profit health care system could curtail the broad sweep of care.

Mission Health, the largest hospital system in western North Carolina, provided $100 million in free charity care last year. This year, it has partnered with 17 civic organizations to deliver substance abuse care to low-income people.

States Attacking ACA Would Suffer Most if Preexisting Conditions Shield Axed

Residents of nine states, all Republican-led, that have joined a lawsuit against the health care law have high rates of preexisting conditions. Under the law, insurers cannot discriminate against them but if the shield were removed, they could have trouble getting health insurance or could pay higher rates than others.

If the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with preexisting medical conditions are struck down in court, residents of the Republican-led states that are challenging the law have the most to lose.

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