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Medicine & Science

University of Maryland, Hopkins to offer Medicare Advantage plans in 2016

The University of Maryland Medical System said Thursday that it had completed its acquisition of Timonium-based Riverside Health Inc. and would begin offering Medicare plans for 2016. Separately, Johns Hopkins HealthCare announced Thursday it too would begin offering coverage for seniors through...

Science & Research

Doctors in the News


  • Ask the Expert

    Ask the Expert

    Health professionals in Maryland answer questions related to their field.

  • Coverage: 'Death with Dignity' debate

    Coverage: 'Death with Dignity' debate

    Follow our coverage of the issue and its ongoing controversy.

  • Sun series: Collateral Damage

    Sun series: Collateral Damage

    For more than a year, Baltimore Sun reporter Andrea K. McDaniels and photographer Lloyd Fox have examined the unseen impact of violence — on children, caregivers and victims’ relatives — in the Baltimore area. McDaniels wrote the articles while participating in The California Endowment Health Journalism...

Health Commentary

  • Health insurance exchanges need an upgrade

    Health insurance exchanges need an upgrade

    Established by the Affordable Care Act, the exchange and its 14 state-run counterparts have enrolled more than 11 million people — 800,000 of whom were sent incorrect tax information, the Obama administration admitted last month. Unfortunately, the exchanges have serious issues beyond...

  • Lung cancer screening: More harm than good?

    Lung cancer screening: More harm than good?

    Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) declared that Medicare would now be paying for lung cancer prevention with spiral CT scans. The scans would be offered annually to people between the ages of 55 and 77 with at least a 30-pack year smoking history (calculated by multiplying...

  • The high cost of health care reform

    The high cost of health care reform

    Although the Affordable Care Act and creation of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange were important steps in expanding health care coverage for previously uninsured Marylanders, mounting evidence suggests that more work is needed to help ensure that coverage translates to care. Sen. Catherine...

  • Leana Wen: Geography should not be destiny

    Leana Wen: Geography should not be destiny

    Tomorrow, I begin serving in Mayor Rawlings-Blake's administration as the Health Commissioner of Baltimore City. "Where did you go to school?" many have asked. I don't come from Baltimore, so I want to explain why I'm here by sharing where I come from. My parents and I immigrated from China when...

  • Senators, confirm our next surgeon general

    Senators, confirm our next surgeon general

    As a physician, patient and an American citizen, I call upon the United States Senate to act swiftly and decisively to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy for surgeon general. To hold the confirmation of a highly respected health care professional for more than a year is both inexcusable and negligent and...