Delivery of Care

    • Insuring Your Health: Demand Grows For Palliative Care

      Seriously ill patients, even when not facing death, can benefit from better pain and symptom management, care coordination and help setting goals from specially trained teams, which typically include a doctor, a nurse, a social worker and a spiritual counselor.

      (Daily Report) Mar 29, 2011

    • Column: The RUC – Providing Valuable Expertise To The Medicare Program For Twenty Years

      Today, much of the dialogue related to Medicare payment refers to the need to infuse value into the system. Confusion persists, however, regarding how values are assigned to physician services under the current Medicare payment system, as well as the impact that this process actually has on payment levels for physicians of different specialties.

      (Daily Report) Mar 29, 2011

    • WSJ: Medicare Records Show Trail Of Troubling Surgeries

      The Wall Street Journal continues its examination of Medicare's claims databases to uncover potentially fraudulent activities. Meanwhile, The Miami Herald reports on one alleged fraud perpetrator who is now awaiting trail.

      (Daily Report) Mar 29, 2011

    • First Edition: March 29, 2011

      Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including reports about ongoing congressional talks about the budget impasse and policy issues related to the health law.

      (Daily Report) Mar 29, 2011

    • Demand Grows For Palliative Care

      Seriously ill patients, even when not facing death, can benefit from better pain and symptom management, care coordination and help setting goals from specially trained teams, which typically include a doctor, a nurse, a social worker and a spiritual counselor.

      (Story) Mar 29, 2011

    • Exploring The Donor Kidney Market

      The LA Times offers the pros and cons of some of the solutions often debated as a means to address the supply of these donor organs.

      (Daily Report) Mar 28, 2011

    • Nurse Staffing Levels, Safety Net Status Both Factors In Patient Outcomes

      Meanwhile, the Connecticut Mirror reports on hospitals' efforts to reduce readmissions. And, in other news, new research has found that patients are less likely to fill prescriptions when doctors specify brand names instead of allowing generic substitutions.

      (Daily Report) Mar 28, 2011

    • Health Care Expands For Ex-Offenders In California

      The health overhaul law is spurring a major expansion of programs that will benefit ex-offenders and other indigent people in California beginning this summer.

      (Daily Report) Mar 28, 2011

    • Palliative Care Can Help Children And Families Navigate Bewildering Medical Terrain

      About 1.3 million children live with serious or life-limiting illness and many need an interdisciplinary approach to care to help their families make sense of the maze of medical treatment.

      (Daily Report) Mar 28, 2011

    • Housing Bust Hurts County Health Efforts

      As property tax revenues have fallen, many cities and counties have been forced to cut health services.

      (Daily Report) Mar 28, 2011