health care costs
Jul 2, 2014 — Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.
Jun 12, 2014 — The Garden State costs Medicare more than any other state for ambulance rides per kidney dialysis patient. A crackdown is set to start, but at one big dialysis center, ambulances remain everywhere.
May 20, 2014 — Medicare gives itself the power to ban doctors if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a ProPublica series that found inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud.
May 15, 2014 — Recently released Medicare data show that 1,800 doctors and other health providers nearly always charge Medicare the highest rate for patient care. Experts challenge the legitimacy of the charges.
May 12, 2014 — A treatment that is appropriate for one patient can be unnecessary or even counterproductive for another. But Harvard researchers found a way to estimate truly wasteful Medicare spending.
May 1, 2014 — Three out of 4 physicians say that their fellow doctors order wasteful tests or procedures at least once a week, a nationwide poll finds.
Apr 30, 2014 — Government has been part of the business of medicine at least since the 1940s, when Washington began appropriating billions of dollars to build private and government hospitals.
Apr 23, 2014 — Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.
Apr 9, 2014 — Physicians and health data specialists caution that the information can be easily misconstrued. Some cancer doctors receive payments that cover the cost of expensive drugs for patients.
Feb 26, 2014 — A regional transplant service built a centralized surgical center in St. Louis where organs are removed from donors. The approach has shaved hours from the time it takes to get organs to patients.