A growing number of primary care doctors, spurred by frustration with insurance requirements, are bringing “health care for billionaires” to the masses, including people on Medicare and Medicaid, and state employees

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The new rule did not ignite the fierce fight that a similar measure did during the health law debate. Medicare officials also turned down requests from hospitals to change their plans for a controversial rule to determine which patients are considered out-patient status, and the Wall Street Journal examines how the federal government is curbing the auditors who check those hospital decisions

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The public overwhelmingly supports Medicare’s plan to pay for end-of-life discussions between doctors and patients, despite GOP objections that such chats would lead to rationed care for the elderly and ill, a poll released Wednesday finds

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Douglas White knew high-deductible insurance is supposed to make patients into smart shoppers. So he shopped. Using information from his insurer, he found a good deal — $473.53 at Coolidge Corner Imaging in Boston, a half hour from his house. But the bill he got later was for $1,273.02 from a hospital he had no idea was connected to the imaging center

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