Analysis: Employees to face healthcare sticker shock
October 28th, 2012
By Caroline Humer NEW YORK | Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:46pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Visit to New York City orthopedist: $223. One X-ray: $50. One follow-up magnetic resonance imaging test: $766.
Healthcare costs top U.S. executives’ concerns: Adecco survey
October 22nd, 2012
By Nick Zieminski NEW YORK | Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:42pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S.
FDA chief says scarce funding hobbles sweeping food safety regulations
October 1st, 2012
By David Morgan WASHINGTON | Mon Oct 1, 2012 5:14pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S.
Insight: Fear and suspicion in Pakistan hamper global polio fight
September 27th, 2012
1 of 2. A health worker administers a polio vaccine to a child during a nationwide drive against the disease in a hospital in Islamabad August 8, 2007. Credit: Reuters/Faisal Mahmood By Kate Kelland and Jibran Ahmad LONDON/PESHAWAR | Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:45pm EDT LONDON/PESHAWAR (Reuters) – When Bill Gates hears about children like Fahad Usman, a two-year-old Pakistani boy crippled by polio before he learned to walk, the billionaire philanthropist sounds frustrated and fired up
U.S. warns hospitals against Medicare scams, vows to prosecute
September 24th, 2012
WASHINGTON | Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:19pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There are “troubling indications” some hospitals may be using electronic records to defraud Medicare, the Obama administration said on Monday, promising to prosecute any doctors and hospitals found “gaming the system”.
Health insurers begin to provide user-friendly plan guides
September 24th, 2012
WASHINGTON | Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:05pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday began requiring health insurers to provide user-friendly guides to patients that explain their benefits, aiming to make buying insurance nearly as easy as scanning packages of food for nutrition facts. Under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law, employers and insurers must provide a summary of benefits and coverage in a clearly worded, standardized format that allows the private insurance market’s 163 million beneficiaries to make side-by-side comparisons of plan offerings. Consumers are also required to have access to a standardized glossary of insurance and medical terms.
Vivus says obesity drug may fail EU test, shares fall
September 21st, 2012
Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:28am EDT (Reuters) – Vivus Inc said its obesity drug, the first diet pill launched in the United States in over a decade, is unlikely to be recommended by a European regulatory committee, sending its shares down 14 percent. Safety issues associated with earlier obesity drugs, such as the notorious “fen-phen” diet-drug combo, led to health regulators being cautious with approving such pills.
High school football saving brains as game goes on
September 20th, 2012
By Daniel Trotta and Jo Ingles Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:57pm EDT (Reuters) – In the small northeast Ohio town of Massillon, a few miles from the National Football Hall of Fame, some 20,000 fans pack into a high school stadium, drowning out the roar of a real tiger mascot on the sidelines. Football is akin to religion in Massillon and, like a religion, it can be resistant to change. For decades jolts to the head were written off as “getting your bell rung” and considered part of the game.