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New series on ‘superbugs’ should prompt medical community to take action

New series on ‘superbugs’ should prompt medical community to take action

As a new series in Consumer Reports makes clear, antibiotic-resistant infections are becoming more prevalent. The report should be a wake-up call for prescribers and patients to be more thoughtful about how they use antibiotics.
By Pieter Cohen, Kinna Thakarar | 06/29/2015
The challenge in pairing the sick with social services

The challenge in pairing the sick with social services

The idea is simple: Health care providers leave the exam room and spend more time developing relationships with patients in their kitchens and living rooms. But can such an approach actually keep chronically ill patients from landing in the hospital over and over again?
By Dan Gorenstein | 06/29/2015
The new math in healthcare: make money by saving money

The new math in healthcare: make money by saving money

Can the American health care system save money and improve health by spending more on social services for the most expensive patients, the so-called super-utilizers? It sounds like a promising approach, but as Marketplace's Dan Gorenstein reports, the challenges are fierce.
By Dan Gorenstein | 06/26/2015
Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Apply for a job at Bloomberg BNA, Everyday Health or Thrillist

Health Media Jobs and Opportunities: Apply for a job at Bloomberg BNA, Everyday Health or Thrillist

Bloomberg BNA needs a deputy news director and Thrillist Media Group is looking for a new health editor. Check out these and other great health editor and journalist jobs available this week.
By Anna Romano | 06/26/2015
Supreme Court decision means health reform is ‘here to stay’

Supreme Court decision means health reform is ‘here to stay’

The U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies in a 6-3 ruling that prompted President Barack Obama to say the health law “is here to stay.” Here's what some leading experts and voices in the media had to say about the critical decision.
By Kellie Schmitt | 06/25/2015
For some of health care’s heaviest users, problems start with early trauma

For some of health care’s heaviest users, problems start with early trauma

Health care's "super-utilizers" are very much in the news these days, as policymakers seek ways to curb spending. But programs that deliver durable results that save money are scarce, in part because many 'frequent fliers' suffer from an incredibly complex web of issues, often tied to early trauma.
By Ryan White | 06/25/2015
Cancer screening debate heats up as doctors question federal government's motive

Cancer screening debate heats up as doctors question federal government's motive

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force comes under question by physicians as the group again prepares to release its final recommendations on breast cancer screenings. Physicians wonder if scaling back on screenings is a result of pressure from health insurers and the Affordable Care Act.
By Susan Abram | 06/25/2015
Are ‘baby courts’ the answer to breakdowns in country’s child welfare system?

Are ‘baby courts’ the answer to breakdowns in country’s child welfare system?

Speaking to child welfare experts around the country in the course of reporting, I’ve become convinced that people on both sides — the families in the system, and those charged with carrying out its rules — believe improvements to this country’s approach to child welfare are urgently needed.
By Ada Calhoun | 06/25/2015

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