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The Health Reporter Is In, March 28, 2019

Q: Are Carle facility fees generally covered by insurance? Also, does OSF HealthCare charge facility fees, too?

New technology may spare mammogram patients from pinch

URBANA — It's not the most painful medical experience in the world, but a mammogram may well rank as one of the more uncomfortable tests women are faced with for the sake of their health.

Now, thousands of women in the area are poised to undergo this periodic breast cancer screening with less of the painful pinch that comes with a standard mammogram.

The Health Reporter Is In, March 7, 2019

Q: How did local hospitals fare in the most recent round of sanctions by Medicare?

A: Several got hit with penalties for excessive re-admissions, while one in the area was also penalized for its performance on patient-safety measures.

The Health Reporter Is In, Feb. 28, 2019

Q: I cannot find Carle's prices on their website. As of Jan. 1, all hospitals are required to post their chargemasters on their websites. I want to see their prices and compare them to OSF, and also just know what to expect when I have specific procedures. Where are they?

The Health Reporter Is In, Feb. 22, 2019

Q: What's coming up on Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Day?

A: The conference, set for April 16 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, is intended to bring together MS researchers at the University of Illinois, faculty and students, clinicians, pharmaceutical representatives and people living with MS.

The Health Reporter Is In, Feb. 14, 2019

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Q: Has the new shingles vaccine become more available? It has been difficult to get for some time now.

A: Availability comes and goes. It was somewhat available in Champaign-Urbana as of earlier this week.

The Health Reporter Is In, Feb. 8, 2019

Q: What becomes of patient medical records when a hospital is sold? Do they automatically go to the hospital buyer?

A: That's up to the buyer and seller in each transaction.

The Health Reporter Is In, Jan. 31, 2019

Q: How well does web-based psychotherapy work?

A: Therapy you can access through your laptop or phone has its advantages — and disadvantages.

On the upside, it can be more convenient than going to a therapist's office and can be done at your own pace.

The Health Reporter Is In, Jan. 17, 2019

Q: Is the Watchman heart procedure going to be available in this area, and is it for anyone with atrial fibrillation?

The Health Reporter Is In, Jan. 3, 2019

Q: My parents were quoted $48 a month for Simplete 3 as their 2019 Medicare plan from Health Alliance. A week later, they were contacted because the insurance rep mistakenly thought they were in Champaign County, and therefore quoted the wrong plan.