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Same doctor visit, double the cost
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A structural shift is sweeping through healthcare in the United States — Hospitals are increasingly acquiring private physician practices. Hospitals say the acquisitions will make healthcare more efficient. But the phenomenon, in some cases, also is having another effect: higher prices. As physicians are subsumed into hospital systems, they can get paid for services at the systems' rates, which are typically more generous than what insurers pay independent doctors. More

Hospitals look to become insureres, as well as care providers
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The North Shore-LIJ Health System, with 16 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient centers in Long Island and New York City, is laying the groundwork to be an insurer, as well as a provider of healthcare. Like other hospital chains across the country, it's under intense pressure from public and private insurers, as well as employers, to accept flat-rate payments for care, rather than reimbursements for every service. And that puts pressure on hospitals not just to manage costs, but to keep people well — in short, to act more like insurers. More

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Feds give break on electronic health records
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Healthcare IT has published the final electronic health records certification criteria for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use, and there was one significant change: additional time for meeting the deadline. Not unexpectedly, the final rules for Stage 2 of the "Meaningful Use" of EHRs will require patients get involved in using the technology in order for providers to get reimbursement funds. More

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US court strikes down graphic cigarette labels
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A U.S. appeals court has struck down a law that requires tobacco companies to use graphic health warnings, such as of a man exhaling smoke through a hole in his throat. The 2-1 decision by the court in Washington, D.C., contradicts another appeals court's ruling in a similar case earlier this year, setting up the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court will weigh in on the dispute. More


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Abbott may need more Humira studies
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Abbott Laboratories may need to conduct additional trials of Humira to prove the blockbuster drug helps patients with ulcerative colitis, U.S. drug reviewers said. Staff from the Food and Drug Administration questioned whether Humira had a real benefit for people with the inflammatory bowel disease who had already tried other treatments. More

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Breast cancer recurrence risk goes up with weight
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VideoBriefEven being moderately overweight is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence, finds a new study published in the journal Cancer. Despite the best treatment, researchers found, the higher a woman's body mass index, the higher her risk of developing breast cancer again after treatment. Moreover, women who were obese at the time of breast cancer diagnosis had approximately a 30 percent higher risk of recurrence and a nearly 50 percent higher risk of death than those who were normal weight at time of diagnosis. More

Dense breasts turn out not to be deadlier
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Women going in for mammograms may be told they have dense breasts — which makes it tough to detect breast tumors and more likely that they will develop breast cancer. But a reassuring new study finds that breast cancer patients with dense breast tissue are not more likely to die of their cancer than women who don't have dense breasts. More

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Doctors: Circumcision health benefits outweigh risks
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The circumcision of baby boys has more health benefits than risks and should be covered by insurers, says a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The statement replaces a more neutral stance held by the doctors' group since 1999. But it stops short of recommending infant circumcision as a routine procedure. Instead, it says the final decision rests with parents — who, increasingly, are leaving U.S. hospitals with uncircumcised sons. More

Gallstone risk 'higher among obese teenagers'
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Teenagers who are overweight or obese are much more likely to develop gallstones, compared with peers of a healthy weight, U.S. research suggests. Healthcare providers Kaiser Permanente looked at 510,000 children ages 10-19. The study, in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, found 766 had gallstones. More

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As gene sequencing grows, so do ethical puzzles
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In laboratories around the world, genetic researchers using tools that are ever more sophisticated to peer into the DNA of cells are increasingly finding things they were not looking for, including information that could make a big difference to an anonymous donor. The question of how, when and whether to return genetic results to study subjects or their families "is one of the thorniest current challenges in clinical research," said Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health. More

Who's your daddy? DNA clinic gives answers, sparks concerns
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A mobile DNA testing facility that looks more like a motor home than a medical clinic is raising questions about the ramifications of quick and easy tests to determine paternity and other biological connections. Once a time-consuming and complicated process, DNA testing has become so accessible that experts worry families and individuals may not be properly prepared for the results. More

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The challenges of adult ADHD
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Although ADHD long has been considered a childhood developmental problem that wanes with age, physicians are noticing that more adults are inquiring about and being diagnosed with the illness. More

Treatment shows promise to slow Alzheimer's progression
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An experimental Alzheimer's drug treatment has shown promising signs while failing to meet other primary goals of changing patient functioning, Eli Lilly announced. Solanezumab is an antibody that targets beta amyloid fragments found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. These abnormal clumps of protein are suspected of damaging and eventually killing brain cells. It is the first drug in its class to show positive results in people with mild Alzheimer's. More

"There are two main types of gallstones, according to the National Institutes of Health. Stones are made of cholesterol or bilirubin, which occurs when red blood cells are destroyed."
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