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Look beyond Medicare data when shopping for healthcare

BOSTON (Reuters) – The recent release of Medicare billing records for doctors across the United States brought hope that consumers would get what they need to comparison-shop for healthcare.

Although that did not turn out to be true, you do have other places to look.

Experts say there are limits to how much can be learned from data tracking 880,000 doctors billing about $77 billion to the federal healthcare program for the elderly for some 6,000 types of procedures.

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Upgrade policy changes last straw for some frequent flyers

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – For business flyers like Adam Kubryk, who is on the road about 200 days a year, one of the perks of flying often and using the same airline regularly is getting upgraded from coach to business class when a seat is available.

But now when he flies on Delta Air Lines on some of his more frequent work-related routes, he has lost that key perk and it is making him mad enough to ditch the airline and take his frequent flyer miles elsewhere.

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      "Mitch Lipka is editor of and is a veteran consumer columnist, editor and reporter. Most recently, he led a 10-person consumer reporting team at AOL’s personal finance channel, He received the 2010 New York Press Club award for best consumer writing on the web and is the 2011 Best Friend honoree from Kids in Danger for his work covering child product safety. Mitch has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Consumer Reports. The opinions expressed here are his own."
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