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Medicare data details hospital, doctor spending

WASHINGTON — Joint replacement was the most common hospital procedure that Medicare paid for in 2013, accounting for nearly 450,000 inpatient admissions and $6.6 billion in billing payments. Among physicians, cancer specialists received the largest payments from Medicare, but much of their reimbursements went to cover the cost of the very expensive drugs to treat […]

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Post acute care hospital costs and low survival

The study found that patients assigned to hospitals with high 90-day spending overall had no better survival than patients assigned to hospitals with low 90-day spending.

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Elderly patients not the same after hospital stay

It’s a story family caregivers tell over and over again. A fairly independent, mentally acute parent goes into the hospital for an illness, and comes out a different person.

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VA makes little headway to shorten care wait

By David B. Caruso FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) instituted major reforms costing billions of dollars — government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits […]

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Salem rehab hospital to close

SALEM — A Salem rehabilitation hospital that can trace its roots in the city to the 18th century is closing its doors in September. Spaulding Hospital officials tell The Salem News that upcoming changes in federal regulations designed to cut Medicare costs will lead to dramatic reductions in the types of patients Spaulding will be […]

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Retirees help caregivers with hospital stays

Edwin Pacheco was in and out of the hospital for months. He’d survived one organ transplant and desperately needed another. But he wasn’t the only one suffering. Few people asked how his wife was holding up as she kept vigil.

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