Big for-profit dialysis companies worsen patient care

After acquisition by for-profit dialysis chains, survival rates fell by as much as 2.9%, and patients were 8.5% less likely to get a transplant or join a transplant waiting list during their first year.

Duke University | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Sometimes generic drugs actually cost more

"...for Medicare beneficiaries with $20,000 to $80,000 in annual drug spending, using only brand-name drugs could actually save them money."

Vanderbilt U. | July 16, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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Physical therapy varies for stroke patients on Medicare

Stroke patients who get more physical therapy are less likely to return to the hospital. Why aren't those on Medicare getting a standard amount?

Mollie Rappe-Brown | April 29, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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New Medicare rules benefit poorer patients

New rules for Medicare reimbursement push more of the cost burden to hospitals that serve wealthier patients.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL | April 22, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Poll: Older Americans are really worried about health insurance

Almost half of Americans ages 50 to 64 are worried they won't be able to afford insurance in retirement, according to a new poll.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan | Jan. 7, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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Hospitals report fewer bedsores, but does the math check out?

A new study shows important differences between two sources of data used to track the rates and progress of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, or bedsores.

Kara Gavin-U. Michigan | Nov. 12, 2018 | futurity
~9 mins   

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