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Bill Hogan

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Bill Hogan has been covering Washington for longer than he can remember — or longer, at least, than he'd like to remember. He is the author of three books, including, most recently, "Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?—How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs" (with Dr. Armon B. Neel, Jr.).

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Is Your Hospital in Medicare’s Penalty Box?

Posted on 11/15/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIs your hospital being penalized for providing care that falls short of what Medicare thinks it should be? Measures range from nighttime noise to following basic clinical standards of care. If so, your hospital isn’t alone. Some 1,451 hospitals nationwide are being paid a little bit less for each patient they treat in the second year of Medicare’s “quality incentive” program, compared with 1,231 hospitals that will be paid more, according to Kaiser Health News. Here are the hospitals at …

Who Knows All, Sees All, (and Now) Tells All? Your Dog

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthResearchers at Newcastle University in England are onto something big: Your dog may know lots more about how you’re feeling — and about how you’re doing generally — that anyone has heretofore believed. Except maybe you. Using high-tech movement sensors, the researchers tracked the behavior of 17 types of canine companions — from mutts and miniature Jack Russell Terriers to Labrador Retrievers and Great Danes — both at home and out and about. They did this by attaching “a wearable …

Social Security Enters the Debt-Ceiling Fray

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThere’s a lot on the line in the showdown over raising the federal debt ceiling — including, President Barack Obama says, retirement and disability benefits for millions of Americans. The nation’s economic situation could go from bad to worse if Congress fails to increase the government’s borrowing authority by the Oct. 17 deadline, according to Obama. “In a government shutdown, Social Security checks still go out on time; in an economic shutdown — if we don’t raise the debt ceiling …

El impacto del Seguro Social

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

En EspañolTal vez no pienses en el Seguro Social como un programa de estímulo económico, pero lo es. De hecho, un nuevo informe de AARP muestra que cada dólar que paga el Seguro Social genera, a su vez, unos $2 de producción total para la economía estadounidense, o cerca de $1.4 millones de millones en el 2012. Los economistas lo llaman “efecto multiplicador”. Dicho en pocas palabras, se trata de cuando el gasto de una persona (en este caso, el gasto …

Which Is Better: Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?

Posted on 10/2/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsPraise be to Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night talk show host, for exposing what people might like the least about Obamacare. Could it be the fact that President Obama’s name is part of it? On the eve of the rollout of health insurance marketplaces created by the health care law otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act, Kimmel planted a camera crew on the street to put the following question to passersby: “Which is better — the Affordable Care Act or …

Social Security’s One-Two Punch

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsYou may not think of Social Security as an economic stimulus program, but it is. A new report from AARP, in fact, shows that every $1 paid out by Social Security generates, in turn, about $2 of total output for the U.S. economy — or nearly $1.4 trillion in 2012. Economists call this the “multiplier effect.” Simply put, that’s when one person’s spending (in this case, spending generated by Social Security benefits) becomes a second person’s income, then the second …