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  • Coming soon: more ways to get to know your doctor

    Coming soon: more ways to get to know your doctor
    This week, the federal government is planning to release a massive database capable of providing patients with much more information about their doctors. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the government agency that runs Medicare, plans...
  • Release of Medicare doctor payments shows some huge payouts

    Release of Medicare doctor payments shows some huge payouts
    Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant healthcare program for seniors pays individual doctors, and the figures reveal that more than a dozen physicians received in excess of $10 million each in 2012. The Obama administration is...
  • Medicare unveils $77 billion in payouts nationwide in 2012

    Medicare unveils $77 billion in payouts nationwide in 2012
    Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant health care program for seniors pays individual doctors, and some physicians got as much as $10 million in 2012. The Obama administration is releasing a detailed account Wednesday of $77...
  • Medicare pay data shock and anger many doctors listed as high earners

    Medicare pay data shock and anger many doctors listed as high earners
    Newport Beach oncologist Minh Nguyen woke up Wednesday wearing a dubious distinction: Medicare's highest-paid doctor in California and one of the top physicians nationwide. Some of his patients and fellow physicians immediately called him wanting an...
  • Mammograms save lives, but they're also overrated, new study says

    The idea that American women would benefit by having fewer mammograms — and having them less frequently — remains controversial. A new study tries to help women and their doctors understand why less can be more when it comes to breast cancer...
  • Researchers call for restrictions on e-cigarette claims

    Researchers call for restrictions on e-cigarette claims
    A fair amount of conversation about e-cigarettes has involved their use in purportedly helping people to quit smoking. Researchers on Monday said the evidence for that has been “unconvincing,” and they suggest that regulations should forbid...
  • Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for study

    Robert Proctor doesn't think ignorance is bliss. He thinks that what you don't know can hurt you. And that there's more ignorance around than there used to be, and that its purveyors have gotten much better at filling our heads with nonsense. Proctor, a...
  • Gay 'conversion therapy' bill withdrawn as advocates pursue regulatory oversight

    Gay 'conversion therapy' bill withdrawn as advocates pursue regulatory oversight
    Gay rights advocates and the state legislator who introduced legislation this session to ban so-called "gay conversion therapy" in Maryland have withdrawn the bill, saying they will instead pursue regulatory oversight of the controversial practice....
  • Calif. Senate votes to reduce penalties for sale of crack cocaine

    The state Senate on Wednesday approved a measure that would reduce the penalty for possession of crack cocaine for sale to the same as that for powder cocaine and make it easier to get probation for both. Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said her...
  • Some Illinois doctors billing Medicare top rate

     Some Illinois doctors billing Medicare top rate
    A Melrose Park pain specialist charged Medicare the highest rate allowed for more than 80 percent of her established patients' office visits in 2012, government records show. That same year, a Chicago Heights internist classified every single patient...
  • Fix the VA

    Fix the VA
    That we ask and expect men and women to serve our country in the most demanding ways possible and then turn our backs on them when they return is unconscionable. Our veterans have earned our care and support. ("Growing evidence points to systemic troubles...