Screening Smokers for Lung Cancer

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A Father’s Last Wish, and a Daughter’s Anguish

SUBjpDYING2 thumbStandard v2 A Father’s Last Wish, and a Daughter’s AnguishMaureen Stefanides was determined to fulfill the wish of her father, Joseph Andrey, who had endured long stays in nursing homes, to die at home, but it seemed as if all the forces of the health care system were against her.

A Health Care Success Story

How the Affordable Care Act helped transform a Texas city.

In Context, Health Premium Increases Don’t Actually Look Like Increases

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A Cancer Battle We Can Win

CT screening for lung cancer can save thousands of lives each year.

A Drug Mule for the Medicare Set

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To Win Back Older Voters, Democrats Talk Up Medicare and Social Security

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Rashi Fein, Economist Who Urged Medicare, Dies at 88

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Ideas to Relieve a Kidney Shortage

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Per Capita Medicare Spending Is Actually Falling

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Bracing for New Challenges in Year 2 of Health Care Law

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End-of-Life Talks May Finally Overcome Politics

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Gin and Tonic, Revised Downward

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Medicare Will Settle Short-Term Care Bills

Under the proposed settlement, hospital claims involving inpatient stays that are now under appeal would be paid at the rate of 68 cents for every dollar billed.

How to Complain to Medicare

Revealed: the semi-secret phone numbers that beneficiaries are supposed to use to complain to Medicare.