MS is a mysterious disease that is particularly common here in the Pacific Northwest. At the December Eastside Science Café, Swedish Neuroscience Institute’s James Bowen, M.D. will talk about MS as a disease, trends and changes in its distribution around the world, and how it uniquely impacts our region.
Group Health Cooperative and Bartell Drugs will open three retail clinics early next year in Ballard and University Village in Seattle and at Crossroads, Bellevue to provide walk-in service to the general public for common minor illnesses and procedures.
More hospitals are receiving penalties than bonuses in the second year of Medicare’s quality incentive program, and the average penalty is steeper than it was last year.
A hospital group in New York grades hospital scorecards — and finds most don’t measure up.
Should you pay attention to hospital ratings?
Four health reporters weigh in.
Bottom line: Healthy skepticism is in order
Over the past few years, Washington state’s liberal voters have been on quite a roll. Same-sex marriage? Approved. Assisted suicide? Check. Legalized pot? That too. Strong abortion protections? Those have been in place for decades. Now, though, the state finds itself in the middle of a trend that hardly anyone there ever saw coming: a wave of mergers and alliances between Catholic hospital chains and secular, taxpayer-supported community hospitals.
Executives at hospitals that have a lot of fancy medical technology and high patient satisfaction are paid more than their peers. But running a hospital that scores well on keeping more patients alive or providing extensive charity care does not translate into higher pay.
Most health plans now being sold through the state’s new health-insurance exchange do not include Seattle Children’s as an in-network provider. As a result, families that enroll in those plans could face significantly higher cost-sharing if they seek care at Children’s than if they seek care at the plans’ preferred providers.
The majority of plans offered on the new health insurance exchange do not cover care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has enough money to process veterans’ claims for pensions, compensation, education and vocational rehabilitation programs through late October, but a prolonged shutdown would suspend those programs once the money runs out.
The Institute of Medicine said 98,000 a year. Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services put it at 180,000 for just Medicare alone. Now a new study says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year
Nobody has a bigger financial stake in the success of Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges than hospitals. And few may work harder to sign up consumers than hospitals themselves.
Group Health said it made the decision not to include the coverage because of murky regulations about how it would have to account for federal money in plans that offered abortion.
Did you know that you can train your taste buds to enjoy less salt?