Health Biz News

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11/7/2006
Researchers Apologize for Disclosure Failure on Drug Study

But the science behind review of rheumatoid arthritis treatments is sound

11/1/2006
Pay-for-Performance Plans Now Common Among HMOs

Study authors say findings may provide a template for future changes in Medicare

10/8/2006
'Coaching' Care Can Help Cut Medical Costs

Study finds transitional aides encourage patients to take charge of treatments and wallets

10/5/2006
U.S. Companies Embrace 'Wellness' Programs

Initiatives aim to improve workers' health, and reduce insurance costs

10/2/2006
Survey Examines Doctors' Views on Drug 'Freebies'

1 in 3 say samples influence prescribing habits, but it's the other guy, small poll finds

9/25/2006
Stroke Trials' History Shows Bias Toward Good News

Negative findings are less likely to be published, researchers say

9/22/2006
Wal-Mart's Generic-Drug Plan Draws Mixed Reactions

While some may benefit, especially the uninsured, other consumers may be disappointed, experts say

9/20/2006
U.S. Health-Care System Scores a D for Quality

New report compared different countries in 37 areas

8/14/2006
Review Details Drug Companies' Reach

They subtly influence doctors' prescribing patterns, report contends

8/14/2006
Doctors More Likely to Disclose Errors That Are Apparent to Patients

Survey finds open discussion of mistakes boosts quality and integrity of health care

8/7/2006
U.S. Nursing Home Care Found Wanting

Too many facilities are falling short of their obligations, survey says

8/1/2006
Health Insurance Beyond Reach of Many U.S. Minorities

Blacks, Hispanics must skip treatment or struggle with crushing debt, survey finds

7/20/2006
Language a Widening Barrier to Health Care

Many U.S. residents don't speak English, limiting dialogue with doctors, report says

6/15/2006
AMA Wants Halt on Drug Ads Aimed at Consumers

Group says doctors need to learn more about pros and cons of prescription medicines

6/7/2006
Biggest Specialty Drug Spending Increase Found With Anti-Inflammatories

Report showed 33.9% jump in most popular class of medication

5/31/2006
Drug-Plan Benefit Caps Harm Members' Health

Study could hold warning for Medicare's new Part D, researchers say

5/28/2006
Strategies for Stretching Your Health-Care Dollar

Always plan ahead, compare costs and know what your policy covers, experts advise

5/19/2006
Millions of Dollars Wasted on Unnecessary Medical Tests: Study

These exams are typically administered during regular physicals, researchers say

5/15/2006
Problems With Implantable Heart Devices Need More Public Airing

Experts say companies that make them should work closely with government, doctors

5/6/2006
Protecting Your Medical Privacy

A federal law, called HIPAA, is designed to safeguard patient rights

4/14/2006
Shopping for a Doctor or Hospital? Try the Internet

Increasingly, Web tools will help consumers compare prices and quality

4/4/2006
U.S. Health Care Lags in Quality, Access

Other western nations do better job of providing treatment, studies find

3/31/2006
Orchestrating Your Consumer-Directed Health Plan

A take-charge personality and willingness to do homework are plusses

3/18/2006
Coming to a Retailer Near You: Health Clinics

Staffed by nurse practitioners, they're designed to treat routine problems

3/17/2006
U.S. Pharmacist Shortage Looms: Survey

Many are over 55, and new recruits are drawn to part-time work

3/16/2006
When Caregivers Need Care

Report cites urgency to help growing number of Americans tending to ailing loved ones

3/15/2006
Most Americans Getting Substandard Health Care

Overall, those surveyed got only 54.9 percent of recommended care, report shows

2/1/2006
President's Health Reform Agenda Draws Mixed Reviews

Critics say key proposal -- expanding health savings accounts -- won't ease health-care woes

1/27/2006
New Drugs Bring Health, But at What Price?

Consumers in need of brand-name prescriptions are spending more each year

1/24/2006
Group Calls for Ban on Drug-Industry Gifts to Doctors

Goal is to ensure that patients' best interests come first, advocates say

1/17/2006
Employers Target Bad Habits for Insurance Coverages

Workers may pay more if they smoke, maintain unhealthy lifestyles

1/2/2006
Many Internists Find Value in Board Certification

Sixty percent renew to maintain image and gain knowledge, study finds

1/2/2006
Retirees Could Use Workplace Wellness Programs

Study finds phone counseling and mailers could get them back

12/30/2005
Employers Missing Out on Preventive Care

Such coverage could offer substantial cost savings, study found

12/16/2005
U.S. Health Gains Starting to Slow: Study

Rates of early death, prenatal care, smoking stable in recent years; obesity way up

12/8/2005
Participants Find Fault With Consumer-Directed Health Plans

Designed to hold down costs, the plans are prompting some people to forgo care, survey finds

12/7/2005
Most Large Firms to Retain Retiree Drug Coverage in 2006

But companies are less certain about future benefits strategies, survey finds

11/25/2005
11/19/2005
Understanding the Basics of Managed Care

How HMO, PPO and POS plans differ

11/9/2005
Medical Bills Can Make Mortgage, Rent Hard to Pay

New survey associates health-care debt with housing problems

11/3/2005
U.S. Lags Behind Other Nations in Health Care

More medical errors, higher costs than five other countries, survey shows

11/3/2005
Direct-to-Consumer Drug Ads Come Under Scrutiny

Widely divergent opinions of their worth emerge at FDA hearings

11/2/2005
Prescription Drug Prices Still Outpacing Inflation

But cost of generics remains steady, AARP report finds

11/1/2005
Too Many Drug Trials Stopped Early

'Benefits' from these highly publicized treatments are often fleeting, study finds

10/25/2005
Treatment Patterns Differ in Regions of U.S.

Doctors more likely to order tests in 'high-spending' areas, study finds

10/23/2005
Navigating the Individual Health Insurance Market

What to consider when buying your own policy

10/21/2005
Quarter of HIV Patients Report Discrimination

Many say health-care providers uncomfortable with them

10/13/2005
Open-Access Journals Abound, But Will They Survive?

Critics also question the validity of the research

10/9/2005
Take Time to Pick the Right Health Plan

With more of your paycheck at stake, it makes sense to study every option, experts say

10/7/2005
Watchdog Group Claims GlaxoSmithKline Misled FDA

Public Citizen accuses drugmaker of hiding danger of popular asthma drug