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Older Americans Act Limps Along At 50

It's been half a century since Congress passed the Older Americans Act, providing services to help people age in their homes. But Washington seems to have overlooked the need for funding to keep up with the skyrocketing growth of the older population.
By Rita Beamish | 03/04/2015
Self-Interest: Cost of physician self-referral could be better spent

Self-Interest: Cost of physician self-referral could be better spent

The practice of physicians "self-referring" patients to facilities in which they or their families have a financial stake has dramatically increased in some specialties. The practice increases health costs for procedures and tests that are of questionable benefit to patients.
By William Heisel | 03/03/2015
$25 to see the doctor at a storefront clinic

$25 to see the doctor at a storefront clinic

Known as bodega clinics or storefront clinics — these doctors' offices are incredibly popular in Orange County's Latino neighborhoods. But public health officials harbor a number of concerns about such "bodega" clinics.
By Amy DePaul | 02/27/2015
It’s been a big week for Bamba and dirty dishes

It’s been a big week for Bamba and dirty dishes

Two high-profile studies came out this week with similar conclusions: Exposing kids to microbes and allergens may well lead to fewer allergies and better-adjusted immune systems. Tolerance of potential triggers, the studies suggest, is looking more and more like an acquired skill.
By Ryan White | 02/27/2015
Self-Interest: More docs recommending care that benefits doctors and their families

Self-Interest: More docs recommending care that benefits doctors and their families

A series of reports has found that physicians who "self-refer" are following their financial interests and not always the best interests of their patients. The trend is driving up health care costs and potentially putting patients at risk from unnecessary services.
By William Heisel | 02/27/2015

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