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Marketplace for Friday, July 10, 2015

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Airing on Friday, July 10, 2015: Following the hack at the Office of Personnel Management, we look at the state of the Social Security number: our lives are organized around it, but having one number for many purposes also creates a big red target for hackers. And the more these numbers are hacked, the less secure they are. Will your Social Security number still be the ultimate way to prove your identity going forward? Marketplace explores. Plus: Medicare is changing the way it pays for two of the most common medical procedures in the nation: hip and knee replacements. Right now, the cost and quality of those replacements are all over the map. One proposed solution is to bundle the payment — that is, give providers one pot of money to manage costs all the way from prep to surgery to discharge. We unbundle what this means.

Segments From this episode

Weekly Wrap

Weekly Wrap: Greece's fate and China's stock market

by Molly Wood Jul 10, 2015
Nela Richardson and David Gura join Molly Wood to recap the week in business and finance.

Can employee tuition benefits boost graduation rates?

by Kirk Carapezza Jul 10, 2015
Flexible degree programs should raise enrollment, analyst says.

One number to rule them all

by Tracey Samuelson Jul 10, 2015
Universal identifiers like Social Security numbers are a big target for hackers.

Men's Fashion Week debuts in New York

by Mark Garrison Jul 10, 2015
The first event devoted solely to dudes hits the runway next week.
Final Note

Reusable bags: A license for junk food?

by Molly Wood Jul 10, 2015
Study says shoppers who brought their own totes bought more treats and organics.

Medicare tackles disparities in common operations

by Dan Gorenstein Jul 10, 2015
Sometimes a hip replacement costs $16,500. Sometimes it costs twice that.
Greeks in crisis

In Greece, firms pay a steep price for the crisis

by Stephen Beard Jul 10, 2015
Businesses deal with plunging sales and wary suppliers.

Music from the episode

The Best Day Atmosphere
Dangerous (feat. Joywave) Big Data, Joywave
Manifest Gang Starr

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