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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?
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.
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.
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