The Obama administration's overcounting of the number of people enrolled in Affordable Care Act health plans reveals how all the glitches in the government's computer system have yet to be worked out.
For now, everything is in a holding pattern. The hospital issued a brief statement on Monday, indicating it was providing “medical care, support and comfort to the family at this time of tremendous grief.”
Medicare has signaled a willingness to consider paying doctors who counsel patients on end-of-life decisions, though it's putting the issue on hold for now. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rejected a request from the American Medical Association to adopt new billing codes for such advance care planning in a 2015 physician payment rule the agency released last week. Counseling people about what choices they would face for care when terminally ill was portrayed as a government effort to establish "death panels" during the bitter debate over the health care overhaul. (Young, 11/4
Researchers have figured out what’s behind a vicious cycle: why scratching an itch makes you itch even more.