Medicare advisers back pay cuts to many freestanding ERs
Often touted as more convenient, less crowded alternatives to hospitals, freestanding ERs often attract suburban walk-in patients with good insurance whose medical problems are less acute than those who visit an emergency room that’s inside a hospital. If a recent MedPAC proposal is adopted, however, some providers predict that the free-standing facilities... Read more
Changing the way we look at dementia
A new grass-roots movement in the U.S. is aimed at educating people about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, dispelling the painful stigma associated with these conditions and enhancing public understanding. Read more
When you need a mammogram, should you get one in 3-D?
What’s not yet clear is whether this newer, more expensive technology is better at catching cancers that are likely to kill. So should it be widely recommended? And who should pick up the extra cost involved? Read more
Cheat sheet for shopping on Obamacare exchange
Experts’ advice, in brief, is: SHOP AROUND. Play with different options on healthcare.gov or state marketplaces. Don’t just renew this year’s plan. More than ever, for 2018 that might not be the best deal. Read more
Many breast cancer patients get too much radiation therapy
When Annie Dennison was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, she readily followed advice from her medical team, agreeing to harsh treatments in the hope of curing her disease. Read more

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