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Why these diabetes patients are caravanning to Canada

June 19, 2019


U.S. residents increasingly are visiting Canada to purchase insulin, as costs for the diabetes treatment in the United States have spiked in recent years.

Health care ministries are booming, but state regulators warn it's not insurance

June 19, 2019


More U.S. residents are turning to faith-based health care sharing ministries that provide cost-sharing arrangements to help cover members' medical bills, but some states have taken action amid complaints that members' medical bills are not being paid.

How state, local health departments are responding to US measles outbreaks

June 18, 2019


The number of measles cases reported in the United States this year has continued to grow, and state and local health departments—which are largely responsible for tracking, reporting, and combating measles outbreaks—are feeling strained.

She thought her spine surgery was fully covered—then came a nearly $100K charge

June 18, 2019


Liv Cannon's fiancé thought it was a scam when Cannon received an explanation of benefits detailing a nearly $100,000 medical charge about a year after she underwent life-changing back surgery—but it turns out the charge was real.

Scammers are offering fake genetic tests to steal Medicare, Medicaid beneficiaries' data, HHS' OIG warns

June 17, 2019


HHS' Office of Inspector General earlier this month issued a fraud alert warning Medicare beneficiaries about an alleged ongoing scam involving genetic testing.

Apology laws lead to more—not fewer—lawsuits, study finds

June 17, 2019


Many experts believed that so-called "apology laws"—which allow doctors to apologize to patients for an error without that admission being used against them in court—might help reduce malpractice lawsuits, but an analysis published earlier this year shows they could have the opposite effect.

CMS OKs Washington's 'subscription' payment model for hepatitis C drugs

June 14, 2019


CMS on Wednesday approved Washington's plan to negotiate value-based drug agreements with the makers of hepatitis C treatments under a subscription-like model.

Can medical marijuana reduce fatal opioid overdoses? Maybe not.

June 13, 2019


A study published Monday casts doubt on claims that medical marijuana legalization could reduce opioid-related overdose deaths by giving patients an alternative pain treatment.

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