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Health Law Reduces Out-Of-Pocket Expenses, But Medical Costs Can Still Be Overwhelming

KHN Morning Briefing

One of the key aims of the health law was to protect consumers from ruinous medical debt, but some people still find it difficult to pay their health bills. Also, another health law provision created an organization to figure out which medical treatments work best to help consumers and the government save money on care.

Docs, Nurses Disagree Over Expanded Nurse Roles

KHN Original

As nurse practitioners lobby to expand their authority and scope of practice in many states, a New England Journal of Medicine study released Wednesday documents a deep chasm between how doctors and nurses regard the issue. The study found the two groups overwhelmingly agreed that nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of […]

Study Finds Reporting Heart Procedure Results Can Limit Use

KHN Morning Briefing

The research in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that in states that report outcomes from procedures to open blocked arteries, patients are less likely to get the treatment. However, they found no differences in patient survival.