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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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A new study finds that patients at in-network hospitals received "surprise" bills from out-of-network doctors 22% of the time. In this Q&A, author Zack Cooper explains the study and what might be done to stop such surprises.
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Trump's election victory has spurred new fears of changes to Medicare. But the move to privatize Medicare has been underway for decades, with Medicare Advantage representing the movement's most recent guise.
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"As a data journalist, let me state my bias: I do not like scorecards," writes veteran data journalist Ron Campbell. "I’m greedy. I want all the data, and I want to analyze it myself." Here's how you can start doing the same.
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The editor-in-chief of Health Affairs shares his thoughts on what a Trump presidency will mean for health care, and how reporters can cover this huge, evolving story.
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For a growing number of Californians living near the border, Mexico offers what the United States does not: Reliable health care at an affordable price.
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Too often, people experience death in ways deeply at odds with how they'd wish to live out their final days. In a recent webinar, a policy expert and journalist shared ideas for how the U.S. healthcare system navigates the end of life.
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In order to see whether heart stents actually improved patients' lives, the VA health care system decided to ask them directly, before and after surgery. But does this approach work?
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Everyone says health care needs more transparency when it comes to outcomes, but how might that work? And what's holding back efforts to improve care by shining more light on health care outcomes?
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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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