Health

11:45am

Tue May 28, 2013
The Two-Way

Eyelid-Lift Payments From Medicare Rise, And Raise Eyebrows

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 8:34 am

The number of eyelid lifts reimbursed by Medicare more than tripled from 2001 to 2011, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Here, a woman is prepared for the procedure, along with an eyebrow lift.
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The number of eyelid lifts paid for by Medicare more than tripled in a 10-year span, according to a report by the Center for Public Integrity. The cost to U.S. taxpayers for the simple surgery rose to $80 million in 2011 from $20 million in 2001, according to the report.

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9:34am

Tue May 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Insurers Balk On Rarer Genetic Tests For Breast Cancer

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 10:10 am

Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy after genetic testing has prompted a discussion about which other tests should be covered.
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When it comes to inherited genetic mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2 get nearly all the attention.

Inherited mutations in these genes cause from 5 to 10 percent of breast cancers as well as up to 15 percent of ovarian cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute.

There are other, rarer genetic mutations that also predispose women to breast cancer.

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1:45am

Tue May 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Hearing Aids: A Luxury Good For Many Seniors

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 10:07 am

Basic hearing aids cost an average of $1,500 per ear.
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More than 30 million Americans experience significant hearing loss, but only a third of them get hearing aids.

There are a lot of reasons why someone who needs a hearing aid won't get one: Some think their hearing loss is not that bad, others are too embarrassed to use them, and many people say they are just not worth the price.

Hearing aids cost an average of $1,500 per ear for a basic model, and unlike most technology, their price has not dropped over time.

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Mon May 27, 2013

1:31am

Mon May 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

For Many, Affordable Care Act Won't Cover Bariatric Surgery

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 2:00 pm

Evidence is growing that bariatic surgery reduces health risks of obesity.
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Uninsured Americans who are hoping the new health insurance law will give them access to weight loss treatments are likely to be disappointed.

That's especially the case in the Deep South, where obesity rates are among the highest in the nation, and states will not require health plans sold on the new online insurance marketplaces to cover medical weight loss treatments like prescription drugs and bariatric surgery.

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