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Doctors 'Disgruntled' And Frustrated By Looming Medicare Cuts

The good news for doctors: a nearly 28 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements likely won't take effect March 1. The bad news: the deal isn't permanent and a cut could be about 32 percent next year. That's leaving doctors who treat medicare patients in a continued state of uncertainty.
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Birth Control: Latest Collision Between Individual Conscience And Society

The current controversy over insurance coverage of contraceptives is the latest chapter in the long and often bitter history of conflicts between the right to follow one's conscience and the demands of society.
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Doctors Dreading Looming Cut To Medicare Payments

Congress appears ready to once again defer a scheduled cut in pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients. This time the cut would otherwise be just shy of 30 percent. But at the end of the year, doctors will once again be at the mercy of lawmakers and some say they're growing weary of the annual uncertainty.
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Doctors Cheer As Feds Delay New Disease Codes, Again

Thousands of detailed codes form the backbone of a billing system that the federal government has been seeking to modernize for a while. The U.S., unlike other countries, is still using old codes. After doctors objected, the government agreed to delay implementation indefinitely.
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Yes, There's Arsenic In Your Rice. But Is That Bad?

Toddler formula and other organic rice products have surprisingly high amounts of arsenic, according to a new study. But since there's no federal standard for arsenic in food, it's impossible to say how much is OK.
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Man Has Heart Attack While Eating At The Heart Attack Grill

Slogans for Las Vegas restaurant the Heart Attack Grill include "Taste worth dying for." But the burger joint's shtick of serving "quadruple bypass" burgers collided with reality Saturday, when a patron suffered a heart attack while eating at the restaurant.
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Can A Diet Clean Out Toxins In The Body?

Dietary cleanses that promise immediate detoxification are all the rage this time of year. But experts say the body is naturally quite good at getting rid of most toxins, and doesn't need a lot of help.

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