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Americans Should Get Ready To Spend Even More Of Their Money On Health Care

Imagine spending 20 percent of every paycheck on health care. That’s basically what the U.S. as a whole will be doing in 2026, according to a new federal government report published in the journal Health Affairs on Wednesday afternoon.<p>If those projections hold up, Americans will be spending an even …

Health Care

Medical Records May Finally Be Coming To Your Apple Smartphone

Richard Klein switched doctors last year. The new doctor put him on a new blood pressure drug.<p>But it didn't help.<p>The failure was entirely predictable.<p>Klein, an associate professor at Florida International University in Miami, realized later that he had tried the same medicine unsuccessfully a few …

Digital Health

This Is the Link Between Processed Foods and Cancer

Processed snacks, drinks and desserts may be associated with a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study.<p>The research, published Wednesday in</i> …

Nutrition

Winners and losers under Medicare drug plan in Trump budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Medicare beneficiaries would face higher prescription drug costs under President Donald Trump's budget even as the sickest patients save thousands of dollars, a complex trade-off that may make it harder to sell Congress on the plan in an election year.<p>In budget documents, the …

Health Care

National Health Insurance Plan Challenging But Achievable

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Health Care

Congress Boosts Medicare Coverage For Virtual Doctor Visits

Access to telehealth services for seniors is poised to take off in coming years thanks to the newly approved federal budget that enables virtual doctor visits for Americans covered by private Medicare Advantage plans.<p>The budget deal signed into law Friday by President Trump includes the so-called …

Health Care

Distant diagnoses - Taking the travel out of healthcare

After feeling pain in his left arm since more than a month ago, computer specialist Shekar Reddy consulted an online programme to get a diagnosis, …

Digital Health

Medicare is not healthcare

What was perhaps the biggest announcement in the Budget didn’t actually involve any money. The National Health Protection Scheme, touted as the …

Health Care

Minnesota's health care 'fixer' takes on worthy new goal

Andy Slavitt launches an innovative nonprofit and hopes to bridge political divide.

Health Care

How to fix the cost of American health care

The country's health care tab came in at a whopping $3.3 trillion in 2016 — 17.9 percent of GDP. We spend $10,348 per person, per year, nearly twice …

Health Care

These titans are the answer to our health care dilemma

A pharmacy deliveryman, an insurer and a banker go into a meeting, and they come out feeling that today’s health-care system is a disaster.<p>This isn’t …

Health Care

02/02/2018: Why does Amazon think it can solve health care?

This week, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan decided they want to get into the health care business, forming a nonprofit that could provide insurance for their employees. This made us wonder: why does Amazon, which began as a retailer, think it can solve the problems of health care? And …

Molly Wood

Excited Amazon Will Fix Health Care? Don't Hold Your Breath, Says Harvard Expert

A Harvard expert argues history (and logic) provide plenty of reasons to be skeptical of Amazon's plans.<p>America spends almost three times as much on health care as other developed countries but on average people here still live shorter, less healthy lives. Our health care system clearly needs a …

Health Care

Cigna CEO: Amazon-Berkshire Firm Another Blow To Fee-For-Service Medicine

With the healthcare venture created by Jeff Bezos’ Amazon and Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway looming over the insurance industry, Cigna chief executive David Cordani said he views the news as good for his company and its push away from fee-for-service medicine.<p>Though details remain sketchy on …

Health Care

Bringing the EHR into the practice of precision medicine and genomics

A nurse leader at the National Institutes of Health discusses the progress the organization is making with incorporating genomics information into an …

Digital Health

Health Effort by Amazon, Others Aims to Succeed Where Others Have Failed

Earlier employer alliances have mostly achieved incremental gains in areas such as pharmacy benefit costs and quality ratings<p>The planned venture by Amazon.com Inc., Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to overhaul their workers’ health care follows years of similar efforts by employers …

Health Care

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JP Morgan Could Disrupt U.S. Health Care And Capitalism As We Know It

The biggest news since Obamacare about the failing U.S. health care system may be that three giants of technology, insurance and finance are forming a new health care company “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.”<p>Assuming they are talking about forming a new for-profit business and …

Investing

More States Jump on Medicaid Work Requirements Bandwagon

A growing number of mostly Republican-led states are rushing to follow Kentucky’s lead in requiring thousands of people on Medicaid to work or lose …

Health Care

Unnecessary Medical Care: More Common Than You Might Imagine

It's one of the intractable financial boondoggles of the U.S. health care system: Lots and lots of patients get lots and lots of tests and procedures that they don't need.<p>Women still get annual cervical cancer testing even when it's recommended every three to five years for most women. Healthy …

Health Care

The Amazon Health-Care Threat Has Arrived

The great and oft-heralded Amazon.com Inc. foray into health care is here, and it's not what we expected.<p>The company isn't diving headlong into drug …

Health Care

In just two hours, Amazon erased $30 billion in market value for healthcare’s biggest companies

Amazon has disrupted fashion, books, furniture, food, cloud-based storage services, and much else besides. Now, it’s coming for one of the biggest, most complex industries in the US: healthcare.<p>Today (Jan. 30), Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan announced a vague but market-moving plan to …

Berkshire Hathaway

Apple Gives iOS Users Access to Personal Health Records

Apple Health is getting an upgrade (via Apple)<p>Your iPhone battery strength won’t be the only wellness levels you can track in Apple’s upcoming iOS …

Health Care

New cost controls sought in federal employee health-care program

The Trump administration sent its first major signal Tuesday of its intentions for the federal-employee health-insurance program, seeking financial incentives for enrollees to hold down their spending on health-care and additional controls by insurance companies on prescription-drug costs.<p>A letter …

Health Care

Apple is going after a project Google abandoned — easy access to your complete medical records

Along with photos from your recent vacation and your music library, your iPhone will soon be able to store your medical information.<p>The hope is that by storing all your information — like when you last got a vaccination, your lab results, or which treatments you've been prescribed — it will give …

Digital Health

Is your 10:30 medical appointment really for 11:15?

Patients often wait weeks or months for medical appointments. Canada’s Fraser Institute recently reported that Canadians typically wait 10 weeks to …

Time Management

The Medicaid Work Requirements Could Make it Impossible to Qualify for Medicaid in Most States

For many, the New Year begins with a resolution to get healthy by working out. This year, the government resolves to force millions of Americans to …

Health Care

5 Things You Need to Know About Medicare’s New Voluntary Bundled Payment Model

Medicare

New AI System Predicts How Long Patients Will Live With Startling Accuracy

By using an artificially intelligent algorithm to predict patient mortality, a research team from Stanford University is hoping to improve the timing …

A Work Requirement for Medicaid Isn't 'Cruel'

Obamacare greatly expanded the number of beneficiaries, many of whom could be expected to work.<p>“The Trump administration’s action today is cruel,” said Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey. The new policy is “the latest salvo of the Trump administration’s war on health care,” …

Health Care

The Little-known Type of Airline Ticket That Can Take You Around the World on a Budget

There’s a little-known type of airline ticket that could help travelers on a budget circumnavigate the globe.<p>A round-the-world ticket — sometimes …