Heather Boerner is an award-winning journalist who specializes in storytelling on healthcare issues. She's most interested in how people choose between equally important needs.
ACOs are the latest hope--and hype--for a healthier health care system. But how do they work, and what are the chances that they will deliver on their early promises?
In 1981, I was 7, in love with Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” and so sick and sweaty and miserable that I woke myself from sleep in tears. The problem was tonsillitis. But the solution was not necessarily a tonsillectomy. How the once-ubiquitous procedure became a symbol of rampant unnecessary care.
Dental care is alarmingly difficult to find and pay for in many parts of the country. Here's why it's in all of our best interest for Medicare to pay for preventative services before a toothache lands someone in the ER.
Long before healthcare reform, insurers weren't allowed to use, or even know, whether your genes marked you as high risk for expensive diseases. But does the law work--and should we be worried?