15 things to know about Stark Law

By Ayla Ellison Enacted more than two decades ago with the simple purpose of curbing physician self-referral, Stark Law has evolved into a complex set of regulations, which some argue impede efforts to transition away from a fee-for-service system. Here are 15 things to know about Sta
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How expensive are knee replacements in the 20 largest US cities?

By Laura Dyrda Total knee replacement surgery price varies by geographic region. The total price includes hospital services, physician services and anesthesia, according to Healthcare Blue Book. The hospital services assume a four day admission and the physician fee is for the procedu
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CMS projects next decade of health expenditures: 5 takeaways

By Ayla Ellison National health spending is expected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent from 2016 through 2025, with expenditures projected to hit $5.5 trillion in 2025, according to new estimates from CMS’ Office of the Actuary published Wednesday in Health Affair
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Humana Plans to Pull Out of Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges

By REED ABELSON Humana announced on Tuesday that it would no longer offer health insurance coverage in the state marketplaces created under the federal health care law, becoming the first major insurer to cast a no-confidence vote over selling individual plans on the public exchanges
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Land of 10,000 Stories: Cop and Homeless Veteran

wkyc.com CLEVELAND – Big medical bills are a problem for many Americans. But few services deliver a bigger surprise hit than a life-saving ride on an air ambulance. Here in Northeast Ohio, we found dozens of court battles with one of the nation’s largest private, for-profi
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For Some, the Affordable Care Act Is a Lifesaver. For Others, a Burden.

By SONA PATEL and FAHIMA HAQUE After President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress vowed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans have been left wondering about the future of their health care. We asked readers to tell us how they would be affected
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Diabetes patients sue 3 drug companies over alleged fraudulent insulin pricing

By Kelly Gooch Eleven diabetes patients are suing several drug companies for alleged collusion on insulin pricing, reports The Washington Post. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly, French pharmaceutical company Sano
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Beth Israel, Lahey in advanced merger talks

By Jessica Bartlett Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Lahey Health have announced plans to combine forces for the fourth time, a move that would create an entity rivaling the size of Partners HealthCare. Read more…
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Want to improve health care? Focus on hospitals

By Rich Lesser & Barry Rosenberg (CNN) As Congress and the Trump administration debate the future of America’s health care system, they should go beyond the issues of access and cost and recognize an equally important priority: that patients come first, so health reform shou
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With executive order, Trump tosses a ‘bomb’ into fragile health insurance markets

By Juliet Eilperin and Sean Sullivan President Trump’s executive order instructing federal agencies to grant relief to constituencies affected by the Affordable Care Act has begun to reverberate throughout the nation’s health-care system, injecting further uncertainty into an already
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