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Lost chances to treat overdose survivors are documented in new Medicare study

Jun. 17, 2024 11:07 AM EDT

A new study documents lost opportunities to treat drug overdose survivors covered by the Medicare program — and illustrates the difficulty of managing chronic pain. Overdose survivors “should be at the front of the line for the full range of medications and counseling and...

Being a patient is getting harder in a strained and complex US health care system

Jun. 02, 2024 08:01 AM EDT

Tamika Davis couldn’t nap on her couch during cancer treatment. She kept worrying one of her toddlers would wander over and pull out the needle delivering chemotherapy. Friends and family watched her kids when they could during her treatment last year for colon cancer. But Davis...

Can Medicare money protect doctors from abortion crimes? It worked before, desegregating hospitals

May. 22, 2024 17:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Supreme Court's pending Idaho abortion ruling may hinge on how federal spending power might protect doctors against a state's criminal code. For guidance, the justices can look to the very beginning of Medicare in the 1960s, when the promise of federal funding finally persuaded...

Medicare and Social Security go-broke dates are pushed back in a 'measure of good news'

May. 06, 2024 17:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The go-broke dates for Medicare and Social Security have been pushed back as an improving economy has contributed to changed projected depletion dates, according to the annual Social Security and Medicare trustees report Monday. Still, officials warn that policy...

Safety lapses contributed to patient assaults at Oregon State Hospital, federal report says

May. 03, 2024 18:10 PM EDT

Safety lapses at the Oregon State Hospital contributed to recent patient-on-patient assaults, a federal report on the state's most secure inpatient psychiatric facility has found. The investigation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found that staff didn't always...

Biden sees a $35 price cap for insulin as a pivotal campaign issue. It’s not that clear-cut

Apr. 21, 2024 07:43 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely a day goes without President Joe Biden mentioning insulin prices. He promotes a $35 price cap for the medication for Americans on Medicare — in White House speeches, campaign stops and even at non-health care events around the country. His reelection...

Court says judge had no authority to halt Medicare Advantage plan for Delaware government retirees

Apr. 12, 2024 15:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware’s Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that prevented officials from moving state government retirees from a Medicare supplement plan to a Medicare Advantage plan. The justices ruled Friday that a Superior Court judge had no jurisdiction...

Hospitals must obtain written consent for pelvic and similar exams, the federal government says

Apr. 02, 2024 10:10 AM EDT

Hospitals must obtain written informed consent from patients before subjecting them to pelvic exams and exams of other sensitive areas — especially if an exam will be done while the patient is unconscious, the federal government said Monday. New guidance from the U.S. Department of...

Walgreens books hefty charge as the drugstore chain adjusts the value of struggling clinics

Mar. 28, 2024 12:24 PM EDT

Walgreens lost nearly $6 billion in its second quarter mainly due to a drop in value for the VillageMD clinic business it controls. Excluding that charge, the drugstore chain reported results Thursday that topped Wall Street expectations. Walgreens spent more than $5...