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It’s Not Just Insulin: Lawmakers Focus on Price of One Drug, While Others Rise Too

Michael Costanzo, a Colorado farmer diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2016, has a well-honed ritual: Every six months, he takes an IV infusion of a medicine, Rituxan, to manage his disease, which has no cure. Then he figures out how to manage the bill, which costs thousands of dollars. For a time, the routine held steady: The price billed to his health insurance for one infusion would cost...

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Caring for the carers

More than 17 million Americans are looking after disabled elders they love, and many of them pay a steep price in stress, frustration and depression. What can be done to improve their lives? Nearly four years after her longtime partner’s death, Michelle Murphy still wakes at night in a panic, imagining that she forgot to help him breathe. At 61, Jeffrey Senne was diagnosed with amyotrophic...

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Making and breaking connections in the brain

Q&A — Neuroscientist Kimberley McAllister If you were to take a human brain and toss it in a blender — not that you should — the resulting slurry of cells wouldn’t be special in the way that the human brain is. No thoughts, no worries, no wonder or awe. That’s because it’s the connections between those cells that make the brain so amazing. By sending electrical signals from nerve cell to...

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Primary Care Doctors Look at Payment Overhaul After Pandemic Disruption

For Dr. Gabe Charbonneau, a primary care doctor in Stevensville, Montana, the coronavirus pandemic is an existential threat. Charbonneau, 43, his two partners and 10 staff members are struggling to keep their rural practice alive. Patient volume is slowly returning to pre-COVID levels. But the large Seattle-area company that owns his practice is reassessing its operations as it adjusts to the...

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Feds Recover $2.6B in 2019

The federal government recently announced it won or negotiated more than $2.6 billion in healthcare fraud adjustments and settlements during the last fiscal year (2019). As a result of its efforts, as well as those of preceding years, approximately $3.6 billion was recovered. Of that total, approximately $2.5 billion was transferred to the Medicare Trust Funds. The 2019 recovery is slightly more...

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JFHC responds to impact of COVID-19 Lockdown on Home Health Needs of the Elderly

Q&A with Teresa Duvall, CEO, Jewish Family Home Care Jewish Family Home Care (JFHC) has risen to the challenge of caring for its 600-plus elderly home health clients during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Many of the Broward County based not-for-profit agency’s clients suffer from chronic diseases or are recovering from surgery or strokes. They receive care from JFHC’s home health aides. What...

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