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In early 2006, WOSU NPR News aired several stories on two topics of interest to seniors and their caregivers and doctors: Medicare Plan D and electronic medical records.

Learn more about the series--and listen to the stories, narrated by WOSU reporter Christina Morgan--below:

Medicare Plan D

Two months after the introduction of Plan D, Morgan explored the plan's pluses and minuses -- and the impact it was having on older people and those who care for them -- in a three-part series.

Part 1: Registered pharmacists Erika Ragaji and Eric Hals tell Morgan how Plan D--with co-payments of up to $5 per drug--has changed the way doctors and pharmacists work. Air date: March 1, 2006. (This sound file lasts about 4 minutes.)

Listen to the news story. (MP3 - 3.6M -- opens in a new window)

Read the transcript.

Part 2: With 44 or so different drug coverage programs for seniors, Plan D can be confusing. Morgan finds out how seniors are figuring out which drug plan they should use--and how doctors are helping them save money on medicine. Air date: March 2, 2006. (About 3 minutes.)

Listen to the news story. (MP3 - 3M -- opens in a new window)

Read the transcript.

Part 3: Pharmacist Hals and Dr. Jonathan Hollister tell Morgan why it's so important that doctors and pharmacists know exactly what medicine patients are taking--and finds patients who don't feel shy about declining doctors' prescriptions if the side effects sound too harsh. Air date: March 3, 2006. (About 3 minutes.)

Listen to the news story. (MP3 - 3.1M -- opens in a new window)

Read the transcript.

Electronic Medical Records

In this two-part series, Morgan finds out about electronic medical records: what they are and how they might impact office visits.

Electronic medical records are the trend in medicine, but the transition from paper to electronic records is slow. Morgan interviews experts on the pros and cons of medical offices going paperless. Air date: January 17, 2006. (About 4 minutes.)

Listen to the news story. (opens Windows Media or Real Player)

Read the transcript.

Morgan talks to doctors about how electronic medical records affect doctor-patient communication--and finds out what happens "when the power is out or the system is down." Air date: January 18, 2006. (About 3 minutes.)

Listen to the news story. (opens Windows Media or Real Player)

Read the transcript.