Health Care

4:52pm

Sat September 28, 2013
Health Care

The Religious Alternative To Obamacare's Individual Mandate

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 2:54 pm

The Affordable Care Act requires nearly every American to have health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning Jan. 1. The so-called "individual mandate" has been controversial ever since the law was passed.

But for people who fall into a few select categories, the mandate doesn't apply. Like Native Americans who get health coverage through the Indian Health Service, or people who are incarcerated.

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2:00am

Tue September 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

After The Floods, Colorado Hospital Braces For Winter

Originally published on Tue September 24, 2013 9:38 am

One bad winter storm could leave Estes Park Medical Center isolated and unable to transfer seriously ill patients to facilities with intensive care units and other specialized services.
Eric Whitney

As snow begins falling in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, the town at its doorstep, finds itself newly isolated.

The only year-round road into or out of Estes Park, Colo., now is the Peak to Peak Highway.

It traverses a jumble of mountains all the way. It's not the kind of road an ambulance can scream over at 60 miles an hour. "Not while I'm in the back, hopefully," jokes paramedic Erle Collum.

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3:07pm

Thu September 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 8:10 am

A Boston police officer wheels an injured boy down Boylston Street as medical workers carry an injured runner after the Boston Marathon bombing in April.
Charles Krupa AP

Boston hospitals say that overall they did well in their response to the bombings because, as crazy as it sounds, they got lucky on April 15.

Dr. Richard Wolfe, chief of emergency medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, says hospitals were fortunate with both the location and timing of the bombs that stunned the city.

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12:54am

Fri September 6, 2013
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After A Decade, Congress Moves To Fix Doctors' Medicare Pay

Originally published on Mon September 9, 2013 5:59 am

I think I see the problem.
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Hear the words health care and Congress, and you think fight, right?

And you'd be forgiven, particularly because the House has now voted some 40 times in the past two years to repeal or otherwise undo portions of the Affordable Care Act.

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1:43am

Wed September 4, 2013
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For Hospital Patients, Observation Status Can Prove Costly

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 7:25 am

The next bed could cost you a lot if the hospital says you're there on observation.
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If you're on Medicare and you're in the hospital for a few days, you may think you're an inpatient. The hospital may have other ideas. Increasingly, hospitals are placing older patients on "observation status." They may be there for days, but technically they're still outpatients.

This is a big deal for someone on Medicare because follow-up treatment in a nursing home isn't covered unless someone has been an inpatient for at least three days. That's leaving some seniors on the hook for thousands of dollars in nursing home bills.

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