Health Biz News

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1/1/2010
Health Care Reform, Swine Flu Top Health News for 2009

Furor over cancer screening changes and lifting of embryonic stem cell ban also grabbed headlines

12/24/2009
Senate Passes Health Reform Package

Next step is compromise with House plan, before proposal can become law

12/22/2009
Health Reform Package Continues to Advance

Some experts support the Senate bill, which could be approved by Christmas, but others have misgivings

10/10/2009
Poor Education May Lead to Poor Health

Navigating a complex health system takes a more literate consumer, experts say

10/7/2009
Many Doctors Still Don't Disclose Consulting Fees

Potential for conflict of interest in recommending products to patients, experts say

10/4/2009
As TV Drug Ads Increase, So Do Concerns

Experts question commercials' value to patients and health-care system overall

9/30/2009
Workplace Wellness Seems to Really Work

Investing in employee health cuts medical costs and ups productivity, heart experts say

9/9/2009
U.S. Health Costs Will Continue to Cause Financial Pain

Medical services expected to take up more of the American economy in the future, experts say

8/31/2009
Retail Medical Clinics Offer Quality Care: Study

Fine for routine illnesses, researchers say

7/17/2009
Congress Braces for Showdown Over Health-Care Reform

Cost, financing remain volatile issues in the drive for bipartisan support

6/22/2009
Health-Care Reform Could Be Obama's Toughest Challenge

But experts say time might be right to succeed where others have failed

6/22/2009
The Nuts and Bolts of Reform Proposals

Suggestions range from greater emphasis on preventive care to universal electronic records

5/20/2009
Online System Could Cut Referrals to Dermatologists

Suspect skin conditions evaluated by e-mail may also keep lid on costs, study suggests

5/11/2009
Small Drug Promo Items May Influence Young Doctors

Exposure to brand-name pads, pens and the like bears closer monitoring, study suggests

4/28/2009
Panel Seeks Fuller Disclosure of Drug Company Payments

Government report also suggests gift ban, drug sample limits

3/30/2009
Most Teens Aren't Getting Preventive Health Care

Almost two-thirds lacked this type of service within past year, study found

3/25/2009
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems

Researchers say cost, doctors' reluctance to change are main barriers to adoption

3/17/2009
Tiniest Babies Carry Biggest Costs

Businesses urged to help lower health costs and prevent preterm births

3/10/2009
Electronic Communication May Be Boon to Doctors' Time

System doesn't enhance patient satisfaction, however, study finds

3/4/2009
Doc-Patient Relationship May Be Key to Quality

Level of 'connectedness' could help explain disparities in care, experts suggest

2/16/2009
Add More Facts to Drug Ads, Experts Urge

Study wants FDA to mandate boxes that clearly state how well medication works

2/13/2009
Sponsor Dollars Key to Flu Vaccine Study Publication

Researchers urge full funding disclosures since drug firms buy space in journals

2/11/2009
Poll Shows Strong Support for Obama Health Care Reforms

Majorities approve of such initiatives as Medicare-negotiated drug pricing or a 'national health insurance exchange'

2/5/2009
Private Health Care Info Needs Better Safeguards

Current government rules are inadequate, new report finds

1/28/2009
Skyrocketing Health-Care Costs Could Double Premiums for Many Americans

Report says waste, inefficiencies need to be cut out of system in coming years

1/27/2009
America's Top Hospitals Cut Patient Death Rate 27%

If all centers performed as well, nearly 153,000 lives might be saved annually, report finds

1/9/2009
Certified ER Docs in Short Supply to Meet Future Needs

Even in best-case scenario, study says more than a decade needed to achieve goals

1/6/2009
Health Care Spending in U.S. Grew at Lowest Rate in a Decade

But consumers are still paying more for out-of-pocket expenses, reports say

12/23/2008
Psych Patients With Cost-Sharing Plans Use More Services

Study finds enrollees without parity insurance less likely to get timely outpatient care

12/23/2008
Circumcision Rates Too Low

Study points to 16 states where Medicaid doesn't fund procedure

12/18/2008
Government Launches Nursing Home Rating System

Five-star rankings aim to help families choose best option

12/16/2008
Among Cardiologists, Women Cite Discrimination

Survey finds roadblocks still plague female practitioners

12/10/2008
U.S. May Soon Face Shortage of General Surgeons

It means people will wait longer for ER treatment, elective procedures, study says

11/25/2008
A Third of Medicare Clients Unfamiliar With Benefits

Findings cut across race, education levels, and could affect quality of health care, study says

11/12/2008
Heart Failure Accounts for 37% of Medicare Spending

Patients with the condition see doctors far more frequently, study finds

11/10/2008
Use of Imaging Technology Skyrockets

But study questions if MRIs, CT scans are always worth the cost

11/6/2008
'Prescription Switching' Would Make Most Patients Unhappy

Substituting cheaper drug for more expensive one should be transparent, experts say

10/27/2008
Caring for Aging Loved Ones Can Be a Catch-22

Journalist Gail Sheehy's painful passage through U.S. health system echoes that of many caregivers

10/7/2008
Doctors Know Little About Consumer-Directed Health Plans

They're not prepared to counsel patients on medical budgeting, study finds

9/29/2008
Seniors in Poor Areas More Likely to Die After Surgery

Study raises questions about disparities in outcomes, but offers no concrete answers

9/29/2008
Scams and Shams That Prey on Cancer Patients

In some cases, unproven 'therapies' can be dangerous, experts say

9/26/2008
Physical Exam as Good as High Tech in Assessing Heart Failure

Estimates of fluid in body compared favorably to results of invasive procedure, study finds

9/23/2008
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments

Salt solutions, topicals containing papain face seizure after adverse events reported

9/12/2008
Palliative Care Programs Could Boost Hospitals' Bottom Line

Better treatment of sickest patients can save more than $300 a day, study says

9/10/2008
Retail Clinics Attracting Those Without Regular Doctors

Users mostly seek preventive care or assistance with easy-to-treat illnesses, study says

9/10/2008
Patient-Centered 'Medical Home' Models Lag in Key Areas

Efforts to put primary-care docs in charge of treatments face hurdles, study finds

9/9/2008
Med School Diversity May Help Whites Care Better for Minorities

Findings urge push for broad-based admission policies that reflect ethnic variety

9/2/2008
Direct-to-Consumer Drug Ads Have Little Effect on Sales: Study

Industry's $5B a year marketing campaigns may provide less bang for the bucks

8/26/2008
Single Rooms Becoming the Norm in New Hospitals

Trend could reduce spread of infections, medication errors, report says

8/13/2008
Many Hispanics Shut Out of U.S. Health Care System

Immigration status and health insurance play key roles in access to care, survey finds