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Health Care Reform To Extend Life Of Medicare Hospital Insurance Fund By 12 Years

AP | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER and RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Medicare is in better shape because of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul and will stay afloat a dozen years lo...

FDA, Obama Digital Medical Records Team At Odds Over Safety Oversight

HuffPost Investigative Fund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma SchwartzHuffington Post Investigative FundComputers at a major Midwest hospital chain went awry on June 29, posting some doct...

Greedy About Life Itself: Solving Our Deficit and Reducing Our Suffering

John Selby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Selby

Must we remain passive victims of the medical-legal-religious establishment when it comes to the end of life, or do we have choice and power concerning the ultimate matter of how and when we die?

How to Reduce Hospital Health Care Costs

David Belson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Belson

Beyond politicians and economists, engineers also have some thoughts about reducing health care costs. Their ideas aren't incorporated into law and don't usually make headlines. But they have many advantages.

My Parents Weren't Just Being Nosy, They Were Protecting Their Investment

Yisrael Campbell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Yisrael Campbell

Suddenly, our prayers were answered with the alacrity of Linda Blair in the Exorcist. She puked all over me. It was at that moment that I had an epiphany about my parents.

St. Vincent's Hospital (1849-2010)

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Locking the entrance to the emergency room: there could not have been a more potent image to the final day of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York City.

In Praise of Public Hospitals

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Public hospitals have a bad rap. They're viewed by many as hospitals of last resort, and most patients with private insurance do anything to avoid them.

Communicating With Patients in an Intensive Care Unit

Michael Blumenfield, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Blumenfield, M.D.

I have always believed that computer technology could be brought to the ICU and make a big difference in the ability of patients who suddenly found themselves unable to speak.

Rational Rationing vs. Irrational Rationing: The Struggle for the Legacy of Ruben Betancourt

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Are there circumstances in which patient autonomy, as expressed through surrogates, should be overruled in the name of resource allocation and/or sound medical practice?

Can the New York Times Save My Mother?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

The New York Times, in a front page story yesterday, explained that my mother has "hospital delirium."

Electronic Medical Record Shift: Signs Of Harm Emerge As Doctors Move From Paper

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By Fred Schulte and Emma SchwartzHuffington Post Investigative Fund One day in March 2009, hospital workers misread small print on a computer screen,...

Are We Ready for Coed Hospital Rooms?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Long emergency room stays are one of the most unpleasant and potentially dangerous aspects of healthcare delivery in most western nations. In recent ...

NYS Senate voted today to not help mentally ill, not keep public safer and not save money

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
DJ Jaffe

As part of the budget non-process, the NYS Senate today voted not to make Kendra's Law permanent and not to improve it. That means they voted not to h...

Obama Orders Hospital Visitation Rights For Gay, Lesbian Couples

Charles Babington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)– In a move hailed as a step toward fairness for same-sex couples, President Barack Obama is ordering that nearly all hospitals allow...

Doctor Shortage? 28 States May Expand Nurse Practitioners' Role

AP | CARLA K. JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CHICAGO — A nurse may soon be your doctor. With a looming shortage of primary care doctors, 28 states are considering expanding the authority of...

Haiti's Hospitals, Similar To America

Matthew Sheard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Sheard

A lot of people say that they are concerned that when they donate to Haiti the money will not get to the people that really need it. That is a valid concern. What I would say to that is, spend a little bit of time doing research.

Why I'm Protesting For My Natural-Birth Friendly OB

Abi Cotler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abi Cotler

These women may enter a hospital only to have their powerful inner voice taken away when they are told to question what they know about their own bodies.

Health Reform Passed! What's Next for New York?

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

How do we make reform work for New York? I asked some of the state's thought leaders in health care to provide their perspectives about the path forward.

The Dangers of Triclosan: A Common Anti-Bacterial Ingredient

Samuel S. Epstein | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samuel S. Epstein

Unexpected volatility has been documented when the triclosan in liquid soaps and other household products comes into contact with water, as would happen during common use.

Health Care Wars: Embedded Reporter

Michael Downing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Downing

I have a confession to make: I sort of like my insurance company. In the last five years, it has shelled out a lot of money to save my life, which has endeared it to me.

A Bad Deal for Health Care in Illinois

Edwin Yohnka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Edwin Yohnka

In a little reported local move, Resurrection Health Care, a Roman Catholic health system, is seeking to sell two of its suburban Chicago hospitals to the nonsectarian Vanguard Health Systems.

Vacations With a Purpose: How PhilanthroTravel Fuels Project C.U.R.E.'s Mission

Leanna Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Leanna Clark

Although I was on my third trip to Cuba, I shared the same nervous excitement as my travel mates who were there for the first time.

After St. Joseph's: Are Women Still Safe in Catholic Hospitals?

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

Thomas J. Olmsted, the Catholic bishop of Phoenix, Arizona, has condemned and excommunicated a highly regarded nun who approved an abortion necessary to save a pregnant woman's life.

Scavenging for Organs: Why the Donor Famine Justifies A Radical Harvest

Jacob M. Appel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacob M. Appel

18 Americans die every day while waiting for an organ transplant, yet the American political establishment has been unwilling to champion non-traditional methods of expanding the organ supply.

The Truth Shall Set Us All Free (from Worry and Fear)

Andrew Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Rubin

In order to effectively reform the healthcare in America, there needs to be a baseline understanding of how the current system works. It is important that mistruths be dispelled.