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Doctor's Billing System Changes Health Care Landscape

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.03.2013 | Business

Dr. Robert Lamberts, a primary care physician in Martinez, Ga., has adopted a new system of billing patients, charging a monthly flat fee instead of t...

Will the Affordable Care Act be Affordable?

Adam Bosworth | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Adam Bosworth

One thing is for sure. If insurers have to insure you, regardless of your health habits and profile, and can't charge you more for poor health habits, they are going to charge more overall.

The Top Five Diagnoses That You Absolutely Do Not Want to Have Happen to You, Ever

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Comedy
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although sources tell me that this next round of medical coding saves even more time for doctors and billing departments, little has been released with regard to the brand new collection of more than 60,000 easy-to-remember diagnostic codes.

Jeffrey Young

High Health Costs Excluded Millions Of Americans Last Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.26.2013 | Business

More than 40 percent of U.S. residents went without health insurance or had coverage that didn't protect them against high medical costs last year, su...

Heart Health Costs Set To Reach Unbelievable New Heights

Reuters | Posted 06.24.2013 | Fifty

* Heart failure costs to more than double by 2030 * Number of those with ailment to rise to 8 mln from 5 mln * Heart gro...

Cities With The Worst Health Care Coverage

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter, Alexander E. M. Hess and Samuel Weigley | Posted 04.21.2013 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Approximately 83% of the U.S. population had some form of health insurance coverage in 2012, according to the latest data released...

Price Transparency in Health Care: Is It The Holy Grail?

William Pierce | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
William Pierce

Health care is the only product or service we purchase without any idea of the price. Often, you don't even know your portion of the price. But would knowing prices up front make any difference in our behavior?

Are Your Parents Spending Your Inheritance?

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.17.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

Many economic factors have taken their toll on seniors' nest eggs in recent years. Thus, if you were counting on a sizeable inheritance to help finance your own retirement, you may want to rethink that strategy.

Conflicts Between Public Health and Medical Care

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Bruce A. Barron

Efforts to improve the health of the general population are typically addressed to diseases and behaviors that increase the risk of identifiable preventable disease and disability. In sharp contrast, medical care is a service delivered to a patient.

WATCH: Home Depot Co-Founder Says Obamacare Will 'Kill Off Small Business'

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.11.2013 | Business

Rather than serve as a cure-all for a broken health care system, Obamacare will be a harbinger of death, says Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. The...

How Employers' New Health Care Policies Penalize People For Being Fat

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.06.2013 | Business

Faced with rising health care costs, employers are adopting stricter policies to keep workers healthy. Failure to comply with those measures could hur...

The Biggest Threat To Future Retirees

A. Barry Rand | Posted 06.05.2013 | Fifty
A. Barry Rand

An analysis by the President's Council of Economic Advisors shows that lowering the growth rate of health care costs by 1.5 percentage points per year will increase the real income of middle-class families by $2,600 in 2020; $10,000 in 2030; and $24,300 by 2040. That's real relief for real people.

We Don't Need a Nanny State: Just Pay Your Way

Adam Bosworth | Posted 06.02.2013 | Business
Adam Bosworth

There's a problem: hordes of people are getting sick as a result of these very poor lifestyle choices and costing the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars -- and healthy people who are still able to work are being asked to pay for it.

Will Obamacare Increase Insurance Costs in New York State?

James R. Knickman | Posted 06.01.2013 | New York
James R. Knickman

Will the ACA dramatically increase the price the average American pays for health insurance coverage? Insurance companies are saying yes, big time!

Twisted Logic on Capitol Hill Where 'Congressional Hearing' Often Isn't

Wendell Potter | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

As the video of the hearing shows, instead of allowing me to explain how common industry practices contribute to the dwindling number of small businesses being able to offer coverage, Rep. Blackburn gave me only one-third of one minute to talk when it was her turn to ask questions.

The Big Gamble in Health Care: Would Competition Outdo Government in Controlling Costs?

Scott Bittle | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Scott Bittle

There's no reason to believe that private market competition is a magic potion that will cure our health care problems, nor is it necessarily "the Swiss menace," to quote Krugman's wonderful tongue-in-cheek phrasing.

Jeffrey Young

A Bullet Through The Heart Of Health Care: How Gun Violence Costs Us Billions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.28.2013 | Business

The bullet exploded like a fragment from the past, piercing his present and laying waste to the future he envisioned. It tore through Jerome Graham’...

Obama's Top Health Care Adviser Acknowledges Harsh Reality

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2013 | Politics

(Drops reference to "premium" in second bullet; replaces "individual premiums" with "insurance costs" in paragraph 11) * Sebelius says...

Jeffrey Young

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business

Decades of data have shown time and again that the U.S. has the costliest health care system in the world by a variety of measures. Still, a report...

Big Health Insurance Companies Promise Price Increases

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.23.2013 | Business

Big health insurance companies are predicting huge premium increases next year for small employers and people who buy coverage on their own, citing ri...

Why 700 Striking Health Care Workers in Washington Matter

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

Providence health workers are standing up, on behalf of all working people, to send a clear message that "normal" cannot be hardworking people being forced to decide whether they or their children get the health care they need while already rich CEOs get pay increases.

WATCH: A 'Biblical' Alternative To Health Insurance?

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.21.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As Americans struggle to keep up with rising health care costs, some Christians are opting out of traditional insurance and instead relying on prayer ...

Time for a Bit of Common Sense

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 05.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

If Americans are out of shape due to poor exercise, too much sugar, too much salt, etc., can the outcomes be expected to be stellar? To what degree can we hold the physicians, surgeons and hospitals responsible for reported longer length of hospital stays and poor outcomes?

The Staggering Cost Of Insomnia

Dr. Lee Ritterband | Posted 05.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Lee Ritterband

Medical research is big business in this country. But historically very little of this money has gone to insomnia research. For decades, those with insomnia were regarded as "silent sufferers," often going undiagnosed, even when seeking help.

Health Care Is the Diabetes of Our GDP

Dr. Jordan Shlain | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jordan Shlain

If you haven't been paying close attention, "patient engagement" is a white-hot topic in health care these days. It wasn't sexy five years ago.