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by Maria Hollenhorst Feb 18, 2020
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Amid the chaos, you need to form an instant connection with patients.
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Why are most health plans tied to the calendar year?

by Jana Kasperkevic Dec 26, 2017
Blame your employer.
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by Dan Gorenstein Jan 18, 2017
A lesson in how your insurance plan can influence your health.
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by David Brancaccio Dec 21, 2016
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Doctors seek MBA's to grapple with health care reform

by Aarti Shahani Jun 3, 2013
As health care reform starts upending the economics of medicine, the Kelley School -- a top-20 MBA program, based in Indiana -- is looking to cash in by launching an online MBA for just doctors.

Patients should discuss money with their doctors

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Getting bossy with doctors for cheaper treatment

by Gregory Warner May 3, 2012
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A comparison-shopping site for health care

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