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While home dialysis is convenient for patients, it can also be isolating, fraught with anxiety, technologically challenging and burdensome.
How companies like EmpowerHMS were able to drive so many hospitals into the ground so quickly is a story about the fragility of health care in rural America.
The loss of the longtime hospital in Fort Scott, Kan., forces trauma patients to deal with changing services and expectations.
If policymakers have their way, older adults with serious, irreversible kidney disease will increasingly turn to home dialysis.
After guidelines for operations were issued in October 2017, surgeons in Michigan reduced by nearly one-third the number of pills they prescribed, with no reported drop in patient satisfaction.
Critics worry the delays come at a steep cost: Medicare paying for millions of unnecessary exams and patients subject to radiation for no medical benefit.
The decline was true of for-profit hospitals, so-called nonprofit hospitals and those designated as city, county, district or state hospitals.
Observation patients may have to pay a larger share of the hospital bill than if they were admitted to the hospital. Plus, they have to pick up the tab for any nursing home care.
Hospital costs in the U.S. are so high that it made financial sense for a surgeon from Milwaukee and a patient from Mississippi to meet at a private Mexican hospital.
In an area where average emergency room claims reached 842% of Medicare rates, residents of a Colorado county found relief by joining forces and negotiating prices directly with the local hospital.