Sarah Varney

Why Are Health Costs So High? The Robot Knows

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Americans have always loved the next big thing: the newest iPhone, the freshest hi-def television, and the latest and greatest … medical technology. But that quick embrace of new innovations has come at a cost: It’s driving up the prices hospitals charge insurance companies who in turn raise premiums for the rest of us. One […]

Forget The Robots: Venture Capitalists Change Their Health Care Investments

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This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes KQED,   and Kaiser Health News. It wasn’t that long ago that money flowed steadily to entrepreneurs who dreamt up whiz-bang medical devices. Hospitals souped up their surgical suites with robots or high-tech radiation machines for cancer treatment. Cost wasn’t an issue: They just got passed along […]

Millions Find Walgreens No Longer In Their Rx Networks

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This story is part of a reporting partnership that includes KQED, and Kaiser Health News. If you’re heading into a Walgreens to pick up a prescription, you may first want to check the back of your insurance card.  If it says Express Scripts, you can no longer fill your prescription at Walgreens or affiliates like […]

Hospitals Face New Pressure To Cut Infection Rates

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Under laws in more than two dozen states and new Medicare rules that went into effect earlier this year, hospitals are required to report infections, risking their reputations as sterile sanctuaries, or pay a penalty. That’s left hospital administrators weighing the cost of ‘fessing up against the cost of fines.