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Hospitals are penalized by Medicare for high readmission rates, but does this system really encourage better healthcare?

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Created by the Affordable Care Act to cut costs and improve quality, Medicare’s penalty programs disproportionately impact hospitals serving the sickest and poorest patients.

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The roster of mental health workers in the rural areas is alarmingly small. And with too many people seeking help and few professionals to offer it, experts say the results are predictable: lengthy wait times, fragmented care and — in some cases — patients giving up hope of finding treatment.

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From hospital systems to pharmacies, this summer’s health headlines have been filled with tales of consolidation. And no where has the “merger mania” been more evident than the insurance sector. Health policy expert Paul Ginsburg helps us break down the trend in this Q&A.

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This article, originally published by the Los Angeles Times, was reported as a project for the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism....

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Tradeoffs are a recurring theme when it comes to Obamacare plans — lower premiums often come with a smaller range of doctors to choose from, as a new database bears out. But as earlier research has shown, the relation between the size of physician networks and quality of care is, well, complicated.

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When it comes to "super-utilizers," improving health and saving money is the only measure of success for many in the industry. Some programs have achieved those twin objectives, but some wonder if that bar is too high for a group of patients who've often endured decades of poverty and trauma.

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Soumya Karlamangla covers health for the local politics and government section of the Los Angeles Times. Karlamangla reported on the remaining uninsured as a California Health Journalism Fellow at USC's Annenberg School of Journalism.

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The U.S. Supreme Court voted to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s premium subsidies in a 6-3 ruling that prompted President Barack Obama to say the health law “is here to stay.” Here's what some leading experts and voices in the media had to say about the critical decision.

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Facing a $55-million deficit during the Great Recession, Sacramento County officials made a choice: To save money, they would close their free health clinics to people who entered the country illegally. Six years later, they want to reverse that decision.

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