December 27, 2011 KHNHospitals may be the only places in America that aren't crazy for iPads. Security issues and incompatibility with hospital systems are two big reasons why tablet computers haven't caught on. But some doctors and patients say they're great for explaining complex medical issues.
December 21, 2011 Patients have the legal right to see their doctor's notes, but actually getting them can be slow and expensive. Two new surveys say patients overwhelmingly want to read the notes. But doctors are much more dubious about the benefits of giving patients a window into their thoughts.
December 1, 2011 Maybe you didn't need that MRI, but your doctor did. Scans are more likely to find no problems if doctors make money from the MRI, a study concludes. Congress and the states have tried to crack down on doctors self-referring to scanners they own, but the practice continues to drive up health care costs.
November 14, 2011 As expected, the nation's High Court will take up the issue of whether the overhaul is constitutional.
September 6, 2011 Most patients don't negotiate with doctors and hospitals over the cost of health care. Consumer Reports says it's time they did. The shopping mavens say doctors can deliver better care for less if patients let them know that cost is an issue. But many patients are afraid to ask.
June 30, 2011 "Keep him alive if you can," I said.
June 29, 2011 The issue is expected to eventually wind up before the Supreme Court.
April 26, 2011 KHNMembers of health care sharing ministries pay monthly shares and pool their money to cover each others' expenses. Under the new health law, ministry members are exempt from the mandate to buy individual coverage. But they may not be covered for expensive pre-existing conditions.
April 13, 2011 In the long run, growth in the federal deficit is all about health care — particularly Medicare, which accounts for the biggest chunk of government health spending.
January 31, 2011 Judge Roger Vinson went further than a federal judge in Virginia who ruled that it is unconstitutional to require people to buy health insurance. Vinson, the AP reports, "declared the entire health care law unconstitutional."
January 28, 2011 President Obama, in a speech before a health-care conference organized by FamiliesUSA, once again made the argument that the health care bill is working and is a success. But, as he's said before, he's willing to make it better.
December 14, 2010 A federal judge's ruling that the health care overhaul overreached by mandating that practically everyone in the country be required to have health insurance is still being dissected. So far, what it all means seems unclear.
December 13, 2010 It's the first time a federal judge has taken that step. Both sides in the debate agree the issue will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.