Health Care

1:00am

Tue August 13, 2013
Shots - Health News

Patients Can Pay A High Price For ER Convenience

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 5:59 am

In case of emergency, go to the strip mall or the hospital?
iStockphoto.com

Medical entrepreneurs are remaking the emergency room experience. They're pulling the emergency room out of the hospital and planting it in the strip mall.

It's called a "free-standing ER," and some 400 of them have opened across the country in the past four years.

The trend is hot around Houston, where there are already 41 free-standing ERs and 10 more in the works.

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8:19am

Fri August 9, 2013
Shots - Health News

'Aetna, I'm Glad I Met Ya!' — On Twitter

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 10:12 am

Evidently, an old insurer can learn new tricks.
Bob Child AP

A few weeks back, Sharon Roberts, who had been diagnosed with endometrial cancer last year, tweeted:

@teachdance11: the BRCA gene test is 2 parts. Aetna paid $300 part. Not the $7000 part. Gotta be rich to be in the know

The 55-year-old teacher in Houston was surprised when @aetnahelp, a Twitter account created for customer assistance by the insurance company Aetna, quickly responded.

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5:30am

Fri August 9, 2013

4:00am

Mon August 5, 2013
Health

‘Walk With A Doc’ Hits Its Stride Across Colorado

Walk with a Doc programs have been launched in many Colorado communities – including Grand Junction, Loveland, Denver and Pueblo.
Shelley Schlender Colorado Public News

Every Saturday morning, Shirley Epstein puts on her walking shoes and heads to a tree-lined park to join dozens of friends, and her doctor, for a long walk.

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8:06am

Fri August 2, 2013
Shots - Health News

Penn State To Penalize Workers Who Refuse Health Screenings

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 12:02 pm

Penn State hopes to reduce its health care costs by helping employees become healthier. But some faculty members complain that charging them $100 a month for refusing to participate in a health improvement program is unfair.
Jeff Brady NPR

If you work for Penn State and don't agree to step on a scale or have your waist measured, it could soon cost you $100 a month. The Pennsylvania State University is joining a growing list of employers penalizing workers who want company-sponsored health benefits but refuse to participate in health improvement programs.

University officials say they need to take dramatic steps to reduce health care costs, and getting their workers in shape is one way to do it.

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