January 6, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Soaring healthcare spending - which helped pave the way for President Obama's health law - continued to moderate in 2012, the fourth year of a historic slowdown in how much the nation pays for medical treatment, according to a new government report. Overall spending on healthcare rose less than 4% in 2012, less than half the rate of a decade ago, independent economists at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services concluded. And for only the third time in the last 15 years, health spending rose more slowly than the overall economy.
January 5, 2014
Re "The gap in medical education," Opinion, Jan. 3 I would like to commend Rahul Rekhi's advocacy for incorporating health policy in medical education. In addition to focusing on healthcare systems and health economics, there is a critical need to focus on the impact of health policy on the underlying causes of disease. For example, medical care alone cannot address the obesity epidemic underlying the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Policies such as how we plan our communities, how much physical activity is provided in schools and how we promote nutritious food consumption have a great impact on the health of our communities.
January 5, 2014 |
As the acute problems of the Affordable Care Act become increasingly apparent, it also has become clear that we need new ways of ensuring access to healthcare for all Americans. We should begin with an examination of health insurance. Insurance is about protecting against risk. In the health arena, the risk at issue is of large and unexpected medical expenses. The proper role of health insurance should be to finance necessary and expensive medical services without the patient incurring devastating financial consequences.
January 3, 2014 |
Among the many stents, surgical clamps, pumps and other medical devices that have recently come before the Food and Drug Administration for clearance, none has excited the widespread hopes of physicians and researchers like a machine called the Illumina MiSeqDx. This compact DNA sequencer has the potential to change the way doctors care for patients by making personalized medicine a reality, experts say. "It's about time," said Michael Snyder, director of the Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2013 |
Los Angeles police were searching Sunday for a 55-year-old man who walked away from a board and care home despite needing medical treatment, authorities said. Michael Rodriguez has been missing since about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, when he left the home in the 1000 block of Leighton Avenue in South Los Angeles, the police said. Rodriguez is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 200 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. He was wearing a gray and navy blue shirt, a gray sweat shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes, officers said.
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November 20, 2013 |
The Transportation Security Administration agent who was killed at Los Angeles International Airport died within two to five minutes of being shot, coroner's officials said. Gerardo I. Hernandez, a 39-year-old father of two, was shot multiple times, according to a one-page statement released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office. A final autopsy report is expected to be released Friday. Hernandez became the first TSA officer killed in the line of duty when a gunman opened fire at the airport the morning of Nov. 1. Three others were wounded before the suspect - identified as Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23 - was shot in a gun battle with airport police and taken into custody.