Category Archive for: ‘Health Care’

Navigating Medicare Policy on Physical Therapy and Other Services

By ANN CARRNS MAY 29, 2014 For years, some people on Medicare had difficulty getting insurance coverage approved for physical therapy, occupational therapy and other treatments. The prevailing approach was that if the therapy was not helping to improve a patient’s condition, then it was not eligible for coverage. “They’d get denied because they weren’t improving, or because they had plateaued,” …

Read More

In Medicine, Falling for Fake Innovation

May 27, 2012, 7:49 pm By EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL THE sleek, four-armed “da Vinci” robot has been called a breakthrough technology for procedures like prostate surgery. “Imagine,” the manufacturer says, “having the benefits of a definitive treatment but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster return to normal daily activities.” That’s just the kind of …

Read More

Can America Reduce Medical Costs While Expanding the Availability of Health Care?

June 25, 2009By Cathy Cockrell, NewsCenter UC Berkeley The current U.S. health care system — with its ever-rising price tag and its gaping discrepancies in care — is a “ticking time bomb” for the federal budget, President Obama warned members of the American Medical Association. Without corrective action, he said on June 15, “America may go the way of GM …

Read More