Politics

Stubborn Death Rate Spurs Calls for Fresh Focus on Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a paradox. It’s one of the deadliest cancers, yet it has one of the lowest research funding levels of all major cancer types. Scientists and advocates say those funding levels are due for a re-examination.


Tapping into Telemental Health to Address a Provider Shortage

Despite a number of barriers, industry observers and clinicians say telemental health is an effective method both for delivering care and dealing with the dearth of mental health service providers.


Giving and Receiving: Physicians Find Fulfillment in Charitable Care

Religious institutions and organizations such as Doctors Without Borders have long facilitated physicians’ provision of philanthropic medical care and other services in areas impacted by disease, poverty and war.


Need for Charitable Care Remains High Despite ACA Coverage Expansion

When the Health Insurance Marketplace launched in 2014, millions of previously uninsured Americans gained coverage. But implementation of the ACA does not appear to have decreased the public’s reliance on free and charitable care.


‘Doc Fix’ Extended Through 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postpones a nearly 27 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement to physicians through December 2013, but hospitals will feel the impact over the next decade.


Why the Worst Ebola Outbreak May Be Worse Than We Thought

The current Ebola epidemic is the most lethal episode of the disease since its discovery in 1976. And yet, even while more than tripling the number of deaths from any previous outbreak, the Ebola crisis may be vastly underestimated, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


Tavenner Confirmed as CMS Administrator

U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle voted for Marilyn Tavenner’s confirmation as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), with a tally of 91–7. Tavenner is the first CMS administrator to hold the office in seven years, since President George W. Bush appointee Mark McClellan held the post.


The Cost of the Affordable Care Act

In a Washington Post editorial, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, asserted the Affordable Care Act will make the U.S. health care system stronger than it has ever been, offering more citizens access to the care they need. However, as more deadlines are imposed on physicians, how will these landmark changes affect patient care? 


Medicaid + ER = Take a Number

Traditionally, the emergency department has been a significant — and costly — source of medical care for people without health insurance. Some proponents of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) argue that its broader Medicaid coverage could reduce reliance on emergency rooms by making primary care more readily available. However, a new study in the journal Science suggests the expansion may make emergency rooms fuller.


Meningitis Survivor Supports Vaccine Approval

Though we would not invite difficult situations into our lives, some events are so positively life-changing that they are well worth the pain and hardship they cause, says Andy Marso, award-winning reporter for the Kansas Health Institute and author of Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me — Then Changed My Life for the Better.