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Today โ€” January 22nd 2020NPR Health Care

'To Stop Now Would Be Foolish': Doubling Down On Services For High-Cost Patients

By Phil Galewitz
Some people land in the hospital over and over. Although research suggests that giving those patients extra follow-up care from nurses and social workers won

A study this month showed giving extra social services to the neediest patients didn't reduce hospital readmissions. Now health advocates say that might not be the right measurement of success.

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  • January 22nd 2020 at 11:00
Yesterday โ€” January 21st 2020NPR Health Care

Patients Want To Die At Home, But Home Hospice Care Can Be Tough On Families

By Blake Farmer
The for-profit hospice industry has grown, allowing more Americans to die at home. But few family members realize that "hospice care" still means they

The for-profit hospice industry has grown, allowing more Americans to die at home. But few family members realize that "hospice care" still means they'll do most of the physical and emotional work.

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  • January 21st 2020 at 11:06
Before yesterdayNPR Health Care

Patients Still Struggle To Balance High Costs Of MS Treatment, Despite Generic

By Sydney Lupkin
Generics may not have the same cost-lowering power for specialty medicines, such as multiple sclerosis drugs, researchers find. That

Drugs to treat multiple sclerosis can run $70,000 a year or more. Patients hoped competition from a generic version of one of the most popular brands would spur relief, but prices went up. Here's why.

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  • January 20th 2020 at 15:00

Sweeps Of Homeless Camps In California Aggravate Key Health Issues

By Anna Maria Barry-Jester
Norm Ciha says he lost his bedding, clothes and the medicine he

Cities have tasked police and sanitation workers with dismantling homeless camps that they say pose a risk to health and safety. But that's meant some displaced people are losing needed medications.

(Image credit: Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health News)

  • January 10th 2020 at 11:00

Reduce Health Costs By Nurturing The Sickest? A Much-Touted Idea Disappoints

By Dan Gorenstein
Matching patients with social workers, housing and medical support doesn

Matching the sickest patients with social workers and medical support doesn't reduce costly hospital readmissions, a study finds. Still, some believe greater social investment could make a difference.

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  • January 8th 2020 at 23:00

Stakes High For Democrats And Republicans In Bid To Rush ACA To Supreme Court

By Julie Rovner
Student demonstrators cheered in 2015 outside the Supreme Court after learning that the high court had upheld the Affordable Care Act as law of the land. But Republican foes of the federal health law are still working to have it struck down.

Both sides say they want the high court to quickly weigh in on a case that could invalidate the federal health law. Whatever the court decides will likely have consequences in 2020 elections.

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  • January 8th 2020 at 11:00

Effort To Control Opioids In An ER Leaves Some Sickle Cell Patients In Pain

By Sam Whitehead
from local story: "Sickle cell pain has a mind of its own," said Anesha Barnes, who

People with sickle cell disease aren't fueling the opioid crisis, research shows. Yet some ER doctors still treat patients seeking relief for agonizing sickle cell crises as potential addicts.

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  • January 2nd 2020 at 22:10

Massachusetts May Drop Requirement That Minors Get Permission For Abortion

By Martha Bebinger
A Massachusetts woman who had an abortion when she was 15 stands outside the Suffolk County Courthouse in Boston. Right now, girls facing that decision who don

The state now requires women and girls under 18 to obtain permission from their parents or a judge. But in a recent poll, most Massachusetts voters favored letting minors decide on their own.

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  • January 2nd 2020 at 13:20

UNICEF Estimates 400,000 Babies Will Be Born On New Year's Day

By Diaa Hadid
A 5-pound newborn girl is swaddled in a blanket in a hospital in Islamabad, Pakistan. She was born on Jan. 1, 2020.

Over half those births will happen in just eight countries, according to the U.N. agency.

(Image credit: Diaa Hadid)

  • January 1st 2020 at 16:27

Reporters Pick Their Favorite Global Stories Of The Decade

By Marc Silver
From left: Sekou Sheriff, of Barkedu village in Liberia, whose parents died at an Ebola treatment center; a polio vaccination booth in Pakistan; a schoolgirl in Ethiopia examines underwear with a pocket for a menstrual pad; an image from a video on the ethics of selfies; Consolata Agunga goes door-to-door as a community health worker in her village in Kenya.

The topics range from a ticking time bomb in the Arctic to the art of taking selfies in an ethical way. Here are the stories selected by our contributors.

(Image credit: From left: John Poole/NPR; Jason Beaubien/NPR; Courtesy of Be Girl Inc.; SAIH Norway/Screenshot by NPR; Marc Silver/NPR )

  • December 31st 2019 at 20:19

A Decade Marked By Outrage Over Drug Prices

By Sydney Lupkin
Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, appeared before the House Oversight Committee during a contentious hearing on drug pricing on Feb. 4, 2016.

Nearly 1 in 4 Americans has trouble affording prescription drugs, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Over the past decade, high prices of several medicines have become flashpoints.

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  • December 31st 2019 at 19:16

Rural Areas Across The Country Face Drastic Shortage Of Mental Health Care

By Alisa Roth

When the last psychiatrist in International Falls, Minn., retired that meant that there is no psychiatrists for more than 100 miles. It's a story increasingly common across rural America.

  • December 30th 2019 at 22:26

Utah And Idaho Set To Expand Medicaid Programs

By Nate Hegyi

Utah and Idaho are set to join the states that have expanded their Medicaid programs for low-income people under the Affordable Care Act.

  • December 29th 2019 at 13:54

Rural Hospitals Continue To Close

By Sarah Jane Tribble

Nearly 20 rural hospitals closed in 2019, more than any year in the past decade. And more are expected to close. These rural hospitals often see too few patients to pay for their costs.

  • December 28th 2019 at 14:21

1 Year After Losing Its Hospital, A Rural Town Is Determined To Survive

By Sarah Jane Tribble
Eliza Oliver helps her daughter, Taelyn, step down from the exam table after a wellness check at the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Fort Scott, Kan. The child

Anger and fear have turned to pragmatic hope in the year since the people of Fort Scott, Kan., lost their hospital to corporate downsizing. A community health center remains. So far, so good.

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  • December 26th 2019 at 11:01

Hospital Tries Day Care For Patients

By Sujata Dand

Child care sometimes gets in the way of health care for busy moms. Now a hospital in Dallas is trying something new to help parents not miss so many doctor's appointments.

  • December 25th 2019 at 11:06

Working The Christmas Shift, 2 Young Doctors Learn What It Means To Be A Healer

By John Henning Schumann
Illustration of a young doctor trapped in a snow globe, by Katherine Streeter for NPR.

There's more to being a good doctor than providing medical care to your patients, physicians learn early in their training. And sometimes that lesson comes at the darkest time of year.

(Image credit: Katherine Streeter for NPR)

  • December 24th 2019 at 11:00

Examining Health Care Spending Since Obamacare

NPR's Noel King talks to David Wessel of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution about health care spending since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law 10 years ago.

  • December 23rd 2019 at 11:00

New Report Shows That An Alarming Number Of Children Are Being Poisoned By Opioids

By Rhitu Chatterjee

A new study finds that children are being poisoned by opioids, and a growing number of them in recent years are ending up in pediatric ICUs for lifesaving procedures.

  • December 20th 2019 at 22:48

Texas Set To Implement Tough Surprise Billing Law After Loophole Gets Shot Down

By Ashley Lopez
Texas will soon enact a law to prevent patients from getting hit with surprise medical bills.

Texas will enact a law on Jan. 1 to prevent consumers from getting hit with surprise medical bills. The law survived last-minute efforts to write rules that would have gutted it.

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  • December 20th 2019 at 17:45
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