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  1. 15-Minute Visits Take A Toll On The Doctor-Patient Relationship

    By Roni Caryn Rabin Joan Eisenstodt didn’t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear-nose-and-throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. “He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse f

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  2. White House: 8 Million Signed Up for Insurance

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eight million Americans signed up for private health insurance during the just-concluded first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced Thursday afternoon. An estimated 35 percent of

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  3. Waiting For Medicaid To Kick In

    By Anna Gorman

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  4. Doctor Salaries: What They Earned in 2013

    April 16, 2014 -- Medicine is going through changes, some for the better and others less so, according to Medscape's "Physician Compensation Report: 2014." Key findings include: Compensation has increased slightly in 19 medical specialties. The income gap between men and women is narrowing. Accounta

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  5. With Medical Debts Rising, Doctors Are More Aggressive About Payments

    By Jenny Gold ALEXANDRIA, La. -- Mid State Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center is hard to miss. The practice’s new, 30,000-square-foot building is marked with an enormous sign along one of the main roads in this central Louisiana city of about 48,000 people. In the elegant, high-ceilinged interio

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  6. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Resigns

    April 10, 2014 -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, ending her 5-year term that was marred by the problem-plagued rollout of the Affordable Care Act, a White House official said Thursday. Sebelius quit her cabinet post just one week after the end of the first enroll

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  7. Some Doctors Paid Millions by Medicare

    April 10, 2014 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released, for the first time, data detailing about $77 billion in payments to more than 880,000 health care professionals under its Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service program. "We've taken a huge step today in making the Medicar

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  8. Enrollment Surge Swamps Ore. Medicaid Plan

    By Krisitian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting Millions of Americans who didn't have health insurance last year now do, as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In Lane County, Oregon, Trillium Community Health Plan is struggling to deal with a huge influx of new patients. CEO Terry Coplin say

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  9. Obamacare Is New, But Insurance "Churn' Goes On

    By Lisa Aliferis, KQED A new analysis finds that many people who signed up for a Covered California health insurance exchange plan are likely to drop the coverage for a good reason: They found insurance elsewhere. Researchers at the U.C. Berkeley Labor Center released estimates Wednesday showing tha

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  10. White House: 7.1 Million Signed Up for Insurance

    By Karen Pallarito HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An 11-hour surge of consumers signing up for health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act pushed the number to 7.1 million participants as the first enrollment period came to a close Monday, the White House an

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