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  1. 'Reveal' Report Finds Drug Rehab Program Forcing Addicts To Work As Indentured Employees
    In North Carolina a rehab program uses drug offenders as care-givers for elderly and disabled patients. The participants work more than 100 hours a week without pay taking care of patients and dispensing the same drugs that they were addicted to. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Reveal's reporter Shoshana Walter about her investigation.
  2. Digital Ambulance Chasers? Law Firms Send Ads To Patients' Phones Inside ERs
    Personal injury law firms are using location-based mobile ads to target people as they enter emergency rooms. The trend is raising concerns among patients and health privacy experts.
  3. Why Your Health Insurer Doesn't Care About Your Big Bills
    Patients may think their insurers are fighting on their behalf for the best prices. But saving patients money is often not their top priority. Just ask Michael Frank about his hip surgery.
  4. Right To Try Act Poses Big Challenge For FDA
    Legislation that would give terminally ill people a direct path to get experimental treatments raises questions about how the Food and Drug Administration would safeguard patients.
  5. Anthem Policy Discouraging 'Avoidable' Emergency Room Visits Faces Criticism
    Under the health insurer's policy, Anthem can retroactively restrict or deny coverage if the company decides that a visit to the emergency room could have been avoided.
  6. Trying Physical Therapy First For Low Back Pain May Curb Use Of Opioids
    A study of patients with low back pain finds that those who got physical therapy first needed fewer pricey scans and surgeries and had "significantly lower out-of-pocket costs" for treatment overall.
  7. VA Bill Set To Expand Support For Veterans' Caregivers
    A Veterans Affairs funding bill expected to pass Congress includes an expansion of a program to pay family caregivers.
  8. California's Message To Hospitals: Shape Up Or Lose 'In-Network' Status
    Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, will exclude hospitals from insurance networks if they don't reduce their numbers of C-sections, back scans and opioid prescriptions.
  9. House Passes 'Right-To-Try' Bill For Experimental Drugs
    Some patient groups, including the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and the American Lung Association opposed the bill because they said it could do more harm than good.
  10. New Book Explores The Science Of Pregnancy 'Like A Mother'
    As a first-time mother, journalist Angela Garbes craved unbiased, scientific information — not just anecdotal advice. Her new book debunks myths and assumptions about pregnancy and childbirth.
  11. Routine DNA Screening Moves Into Primary Care
    The Pennsylvania-based health care chain Geisinger Health System plans to soon offer DNA sequencing as part of routine care for all patients. Is there a downside?
  12. Another Cause of Doctor Burnout? Being Forced To Give Immigrants Unequal Care
    Undocumented patients with kidney disease often can't get treatment unless they are in a state of emergency — this bothers clinicians who want to treat all patients equally.
  13. Luci Baines Johnson Receives Honorary Nursing Degree From Georgetown University
    NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson, about receiving an honorary nursing degree from Georgetown University more than half a century after she left school because the nursing school had a policy against married students.
  14. Proposed Abortion Restrictions Would Hit Young Patients Hardest
    Don Gonyea talks to Kaiser Health News' Julie Rovner about the Trump administration's decision to revive a rule that cuts off federal family planning money from organizations that provide abortions.
  15. Bill Of The Month: Audience Reacts To Big Bill For Tiny Screws
    The latest installment in our Bill of the Month series about a huge bill for four orthopedic screws drew lots of responses from readers and listeners. Some had ideas for improving the health system.
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