Doctors could save lives by prescribing cheap beta blockers to surgery patients at risk of heart attacks.
September 29, 2010 A new study shows beta blockers cut the risk of a heart attack for patients at risk during surgery. The cost? $1 per patient. But only half of hospitals offer the drugs to at-risk patients.
If you're interested in health care prices, you might make a few calls.
September 28, 2010 Most people don't check prices for health care before getting a diagnosis or treatment. Those who do prefer calling doctors' offices, a survey conducted for NPR finds. Overall, the prices quoted in advance were accurate.
September 13, 2010 An investigation of cesarean-section rates at hospitals in California finds they are higher at for-profit institutions. The differences are apparent even when the focus is low-risk pregnancies, California Watch reports.
August 19, 2010 If patients get palliative care at the time of diagnosis with a life-threatening illness, their quality of life improves and they live longer, a study of lung cancer patients finds.
August 17, 2010 An analysis of insurance claims for people with Type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery found that the vast majority of them were able to drop drugs they had been taking to treat the condition beforehand.
MRSA bacteria like these are on the run in hospitals.
August 10, 2010 The battle against staph infections that resist antibiotics is tilting in favor of humans. A study shows a decline in the rates of infections related to health facilities in 9 U.S. cities.
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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.
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