Talking about end-of-life care may be difficult, but the stakes make the conversations worth the effort. Sam Edwards/Getty Images/Caiaimage hide caption

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The question of how pharmaceutical payments to doctors affect medical practice has been fraught. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug-Company Payments Mirror Doctors' Brand-Name Prescribing
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Erbitux is used to treat cancers that start in the head and neck and tumors there that spread from other parts of the body. Because its effectiveness varies, should the price also? Dr. P. Marazzi/Science Source hide caption

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A federal whistleblower suit unsealed in late February alleges that Humana knew about billing fraud involving Medicare Advantage patients and didn't stop it. Ty Wright/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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States can't compel self-insured employers to provide claims data for analytical purposes, the Supreme Court held. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Sanders' Health Plan Renews Debate On Universal Coverage
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Bupropion, sold under the name Wellbutrin, is an antidepressant often prescribed to help a person quit smoking. Michelle Del Guercio/Science Source hide caption

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In response to Medicare's penalty program, UCLA Health has focused on decreasing the use of catheters at its hospitals, including at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Wikipedia hide caption

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A recent analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that Medicare recipients taking Revlimid for cancer could end up paying, on average, $11,538 out of pocket for the drug in 2016, even if the medicine is covered by their Medicare Part D plan. Carmine Galasso/MCT/Landov hide caption

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In Maryland, A Change In How Hospitals Are Paid Boosts Public Health
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