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A yearlong effort to obtain basic Medicaid provider data in L.A. was rebuffed. Some health care leaders shut their doors gently. Others slammed them shut.
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The U.S. spends more than any other country for health care. And economic ideals that should push costs down aren't actually working in our country's system.
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Amid talk of ACA repeal, the signs suggest that the new Congress and president will diminish the emphasis on value-based health care. Here's what reporters should keep in mind.
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The goal of health care spending is to achieve good health results, and that requires measuring and rewarding success. Unfortunately, the measures likely to be used for the next stage of health reform won’t get us there.

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IUDs are safer than doctors think, autism diagnosis up, cancer diagnosis down, speculating on health reform and more from our Daily Briefing.

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As Medicare's open enrollment season begins this month, here's what you and your audience should know about the new star ratings for Medicare Advantage plans.

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A huge rise in antidepressant use, a bad report card for American health system, and a boost for the Pap smear in today's Daily Briefing.

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Interested in learning how to analyze public California hospital data to find great health stories in your community? Check out this archived Webinar as well as Pro Publica Investigative Reporter Charlie Ornstein's tipsheet of practical how-tos.

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Can zinc really help sufferers of the common cold? Answers and more in our Daily Briefing.

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When it comes to talking about America’s rising health care costs, many fingers have been pointed at pharmaceutical companies, malpractice lawyers, health insurers and patients themselves. Dr. Neel Shah wants another group to start thinking about its own role in driving up health costs - rank and file doctors. Physicians simply aren’t trained to think about how the treatment decisions they make affect what patients are going to pay.



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