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Hospitals Overcharging Patients, Nurses’ Union Says

January 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

New data released by National Nurses United revealed that not only do a handful of hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the actual cost of treatment but that prices have been steadily increasing for nearly two decades. Skimping on care, patients often pay for it with their health, said Joan Ross, co-president of National Nurses United...

Surgery Tied To Better OS In Huge Liver Tumors

January 6, 2014 9:19 am | by Cole Petrochko | Comments

Surgical resection of huge hepatocellular carcinomas was linked with better survival outcomes versus transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), researchers found. Surgical resection as the first treatment for huge hepatocellular carcinomas was associated with higher 1-, 2-, and 3-year overall survival rates compared with TACE...


Medicaid Expansion Increased Emergency Room Visits, Study Finds

January 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | Comments

A new study has found that people enrolled recently in Medicaid went to the emergency room 40 percent more frequently than others, often seeking help for conditions that could be treated less expensively in a doctor's office or an urgent care clinic...


Reddit User Posts $55,000 Hospital Bill For Appendectomy

January 2, 2014 9:14 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

When a 20-year-old man got over the pain of having his burst appendix removed in October, he got hit with a hospital bill he wasn't expecting. The bill from Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., said the total charges were $55,029.31 but that the patient owed only $11,119.23 because his insurance had covered the rest. Shocked, the patient took to Reddit to post the bill and vent his frustrations...


Sign-Ups Surge in New York State’s Health Exchange

December 31, 2013 9:17 am | by Anemona Hartocollis | Comments

After a rush of 11th-hour interest, 230,624 people had enrolled in either private or public insurance through New York State’s health insurance exchange by the Dec. 24 deadline, qualifying them for coverage on the first day of the new year, state officials said on Monday...


Popular Procedure Being Reviewed Over Cancer Concerns

December 23, 2013 9:18 am | by Gillian Mohney | Comments

The technique, called morcellation, is characterized by a surgeon shredding tissue, usually fibroids or the uterus, during a laprascopic hysterectomy that is then usually removed through a small incision in the abdomen...     

Data Point To Safer Bariatric Surgery

December 20, 2013 8:42 am | by Cole Petrochko | Comments

Mortality following bariatric surgery isn't as high as previously reported, an updated meta-analysis has concluded. Bariatric surgery was associated with a 30-day mortality rate of 0.08 percent (95% CI 0.01%-0.24%), down from the 0.3 percent risk as reported in previous research...

Toddler Recovers After So-Called 5-Organ Transplant

December 19, 2013 9:34 am | by Sydney Lupkin | Comments

A Florida hospital announced Tuesday that a 3-year-old patient had survived a five-organ transplant, but it might not be five organs -- the number depends on how they're counted. Adonis Ortiz underwent the multiple organ transplant surgery in October, and Jackson Memorial Hospital held a news conference this week to proclaim the operation a success...


Doctors Save Hand By Attaching It To Man's Calf

December 18, 2013 10:03 am | by Jen Christensen | Comments

A worker operating a machine in a family workshop in China accidentally cut off his hand -- which doctors were able to save by grafting it onto his lower calf. The worker, Xie Wei, said he was initially unsure if his right hand could be saved, but he thought it was worth a try. The hand went without a blood supply for many hours while Xie searched for a hospital that could perform such a surgery...


Enrollment Errors Cut, Officials Say; Fixes Are Overstated, Insurers Report

December 16, 2013 9:30 am | by Robert Pear | Comments

The Obama administration said Saturday that it had reduced the error rate in enrollment data sent to insurance companies under the new healthcare law, even as insurers said that the government’s records were still riddled with mistakes...


Report: Most States Do A Poor Job Informing Consumers About Physician Quality

December 12, 2013 9:33 am | by Julie Appleby | Comments

When it comes to providing consumers with easily accessible information about physician quality, a report out today gave most states grades of ‘D’ or ‘F,’ often because they compile data only about primary care doctors, not specialists...


New York State Hospital Data Exposes Big Markups, Odd Bargains

December 10, 2013 9:59 am | by Nina Bernstein | Comments

As part of an effort to make healthcare pricing more transparent, the state is naming hospitals and listing their median charges and costs for 1,400 conditions and procedures from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, prices ranged from the $8 bill at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, N.Y., for treating a case of gastritis (cost: $2), to a $2.8 million charge for a blood disorder case at University Hospital of Brooklyn that cost it $918,462...


Enrollment Errors Put Medical Coverage At Risk

December 9, 2013 8:54 am | by Robert Pear | Comments

The Obama administration said Friday that the enrollment records for roughly a quarter of all the people who signed up for health insurance on its website in October and November could contain errors, raising questions about whether those consumers would get coverage in time to pay for their medical care next month...


Think The ER Is Expensive? Look At How Much It Costs To Get There

December 6, 2013 8:53 am | by Elisabeth Rosenthal | Comments

Although ambulances are often requested by a bystander or summoned by 911 dispatchers, they are almost always billed to the patient involved. And the charges, as well as insurance coverage, range widely, from zero to tens of thousands of dollars...


Substance Abuse Grows Among Med Trainees

December 5, 2013 9:40 am | by John Gever | Comments

Rates of apparent substance use disorders among anesthesiology residents have recently been at their highest level since 1975, researchers said. Disciplinary records and other data sources on more than 44,000 individuals starting anesthesiology residencies from 1975 to 2009 identified 384 with evidence of substance use disorders during training, for an overall rate of 2.16 per 1,000 resident-years...


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