There's been a rise in women giving birth outside hospitals.
July 30, 2010 An editorial in a leading medical journal says while studies have shown it's safe for moms to give birth at home, it's not clear the same is true for babies. It advises women with high-risk pregnancies opt to deliver in a hospital.
July 22, 2010 A leading obstetricians' group supports letting most women try a vaginal birth after a C-section.
The last thing you want to shock you in the emergency room is the bill.
July 20, 2010 If you think you're being overcharged in the emergency room, there are ways to challenge your bills.
Is this where the stethoscope goes?
July 13, 2010 Electronic records can be backed up, don't burn and won't get waterlogged in a flood. What's not to like?
July 8, 2010 New data released by the Department of Health and Human Services lets patients see which hospitals might be overdoing the CT scans.
There's a couple of big health care battles brewing in the Massachusetts State House.
July 6, 2010 Doctor and hospital payment reform are seen as vital to fixing the health care system. But squabbling over details put a plan in jeopardy in Massachusetts.
June 3, 2010 Patients say they need the best, most costly care, despite evidence that it doesn't always work best.
Dr. Elliott Fisher defends the Dartmouth Atlas' methods and findings.
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June 3, 2010 The New York Times raises questions about the analytical methods of the Dartmouth Atlas, a bible of health policy. And the researchers defend their approach and findings.
June 2, 2010 When hospitals send heart failure patients home too quickly, the odds for readmission increase.
May 25, 2010 When computers tell doctors that scans may not help diagnose patients much, the orders for the tests are often dropped.
The wide open spaces of Provo, Utah, contain some of the highest rates of shoulder surgery in the U.S.
May 19, 2010 There has been a worrisome rise in expensive medical procedures in places that had been leaders in cost-effective health care.
May 17, 2010 Whistleblowers helped the federal government get more than $9.4 million back from hospitals that allegedly billed Medicare too much for back treatments.
May 13, 2010 As Consumer Group Slams Health Plans' Profits, Insurers Point Finger Elsewhere
April 29, 2010 The Justice Department is scrutinizing the contracts between Massachusetts' biggest health insurers and the health system anchored by Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women's hospitals.
The FDA says a new approach is needed to cut the risks from infusion pumps.
April 23, 2010 The agency will require design improvements, more thorough testing, and inspections of the infusion pump makers' facilities before the devices are allowed on the market.
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