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Health Care Costs Climb Moderately, Survey Says, 8-20-13, New York Times

Andrew Pollack reports premiums for employer-provided health insurance have increased by relatively modest amounts this year, according to a new survey, a further sign that once-torrid health care inflation has abated for now.

Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say, 8-23-13, NPR

Scott Hensley reports many doctors are so fed up with Medicare’s stagnant pay and bureaucratic rules that they’re bailing out of the program, but not as many as you might have thought.

Prevalence of Indoor Tanning among Young White Women, 8-23-13, Journal Watch

Mary Wu Chang reports physician counseling, legislation limiting commercial use by minors, and FDA warnings about the adverse effects of tanning beds are needed to stem use by an alarming percentage of young tanners.

FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained, 8-23-13, Kaiser Health News

Jenny Gold gives us some answers to common questions about ACOs, which has become one of the most talked about new ideas in Obamacare.

Hospice Doctor Helps Families Navigate the End of Life, 8-25-13, NPR

NPR Staff tells the story of Dr. David Casarett, a hospice director at a Pennsylvania hospital and his work with families as they try to navigate end-of-life decisions.

For Accountable Care Organizations to Know, Look to North Carolina, 8-26-13, Business Journal

Owen Covington reports North Carolina, and the Triad in particular, is leading the way in establishing ACOs, particularly looking at this year’s “100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know” list from Becker’s Hospital Review.

North Carolina to Post Hospital Prices, 8-27-13, HealthCare Finical News

Anthony Brino reports the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ website will soon publish the prices of the 140 most common in-patient, surgical and imaging services performed by every hospital in the state.


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