Medical treatment in the emergency room is expensive, but there's a perverse incentive at work which encourages EMS workers to send more people there. Medicare reimburses for 911 calls only if the patient is transported to the ER. A pilot program at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City tries to keep patients from coming back to the ER.
Regulators are scrutinizing big banks which control commodities like aluminum and oil. The Federal Reserve is considering restricting their ability to trade and warehouse physical commodities. But Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee suggested the Fed isn't moving fast enough on rules to prevent banks from exploiting their holdings at the expense of the public.
Hybrids and battery-powered cars are all the rage, but some car companies are investing in an older technology: diesel. The newest vehicles are cleaner and more powerful, and some drivers report getting up to 50 mpg. So what's keeping U.S. customers from switching pumps?
A new food trend gaining popularity in New York and other cities allows diners to enjoy fine meals inside someone else's home. But the food is often just an excuse for what can essentially be a really great party with a bunch of people you've never met.
It's been 78 years since the U.S. brought home Olympic gold in the two-man bobsled event. After the last Winter Games, the Americans took a look at their aging sled — and decided to ditch it for a new BMW-designed one. Will it help them win gold?
Raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment benefits and attacking income inequality are all on the Obama administration's domestic agenda. And they all fall under the purview of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has only been on the job since July.
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