Pneumonia – What you need to know

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Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung, which primarily affects the small air sacs known as alveoli. It is usually caused by infection with viruses or bacteria and less commonly by other microorganisms, certain medications and conditions such as autoimmune diseases. Pneumonia affects approximately 450 million people globally and results in about 4 million … Read more

Under ‘Observation’ – Some Hospital Patients Face Big Bills

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One of the brutal truths of Medicare policy: Patients can be hospitalized for days, can undergo exams and tests, can receive drugs — without ever officially being admitted to the hospital. Instead, they’re “under observation,” which means they’re outpatients, not inpatients. And that can bring financial hardships — including lack of coverage for subsequent nursing … Read more