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Buyers of short-term health plans: Wise or shortsighted?

November 20, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Supporters of the nation’s health law condemn them. A few states, including California and New York, have banned them. Other states limit them. But to some insurance brokers and consumers, short-term insurance plans are an enticing, low-cost alternative for healthy […]


Opinions

Obamacare’s Looking So Good Insurers Are Fighting To Sell It

November 19, 2018

Via: Forbes

News last week that Oscar Health filed a federal lawsuit accusing Florida Blue of a “monopoly” in selling individual health coverage under the Affordable Care Act is the latest signal that Obamacare is here to stay. Florida is one of […]


Opinions

Achieving new guideline blood pressure goals may prevent 3 million cardiovascular events

November 19, 2018

Via: The Medical News

In 2017, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new blood pressure guidelines, lowering hypertension threshold to 130/80 mm Hg from the previous 140/90 mm Hg. A new study predicts that achieving and maintaining the 2017 […]


Opinions

The Emergency Department Is Healthcare’s One-Night Stand. Are We Ready To Address It?

November 16, 2018

Via: Forbes

Hit and quit it. This taboo phrase signifying a one-night stand may make one a bit uncomfortable, yet most can’t look away. Except in healthcare, we’ve been looking away for decades. Every day millions of Americans seek these ‘no-strings attached’ […]


Opinions

Novartis’ $4 Million Gene Therapy — Real Price Or A Negotiation Ploy?

November 13, 2018

Via: Forbes

At its annual R&D investor day, Novartis updated the world on its drug pipeline and research priorities. It was an impressive session befitting a company that spends $9 billion annually on R&D (about 18% of its top line revenues). Novartis […]


Opinions

Quick: What’s the difference between Medicare-for-all and single-payer?

November 5, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Betsy Foster and Doug Dillon are devotees of Josh Harder. The Democratic upstart is attempting to topple Republican incumbent Jeff Denham in this conflicted, semi-rural district that is home to conservative agricultural interests, a growing Latino population and liberal San […]


Opinions

Trump rollback of disability rules can make doctor’s visits painstaking

October 31, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Going to the doctor’s office can feel so routine. You sit in the waiting room, fill out the paperwork, get measured and hop onto the exam table. But medical appointments for patients with disabilities require navigating a tricky obstacle course, […]


Opinions

What are the complications of addiction?

October 26, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

The complications of addiction often depend on the type of substance or behavior. Sex addiction, for example, greatly increases the risk of sexual behaviors that could lead to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Injecting intravenous (IV) drugs using non-sterilized needles can […]


Opinions, Regulatory

Medicaid enrollment falls for first time in more than a decade as economy boosts income for poor Americans

October 25, 2018

Via: CNBC

The booming U.S. economy appears to be reducing dependence on federal health insurance for the poor. Medicaid enrollment fell for the first time since 2007, declining by about 0.6 percent in fiscal year 2018, and states don’t expect to see […]


Opinions

Primary care doctors ‘not doing enough’ to curb STDs

October 22, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Julie Lopez, 21, has been tested regularly for sexually transmitted diseases since she was a teenager. But when Lopez first asked her primary care doctor about screening, he reacted with surprise, she said. “He said people don’t usually ask. But […]


Opinions

Medicare May Be Spending Far Less On End-Of-Life Patients Than We Think

October 11, 2018

Via: Forbes

You probably have heard the statistic: One-quarter of Medicare spending is for patients in the last year of life. It is cited as a major reason for excessive medical spending in the US and leads to a widely-accepted conclusion: If […]


Opinions

Why You Should Pay Attention To World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2018

Via: Forbes

If you’ve ever heard the term ‘mental health’ and thought this isn’t for me, you may just want to keep reading. While the language around mental health and mental illness has existed for decades, the conversation itself has become far […]


Opinions

Why Hospitals Will Increasingly Embrace Telemedicine

October 9, 2018

Via: Forbes

A growing discussion about Accountable Care Organizations, which are designed to make healthcare providers accountable for patient outcomes, will hopefully keep more people out of the emergency room. Though this is promising, it’s very hard to improve outcomes especially in […]


Opinions

The Physician/Patient Relationship Is Critical To Exceptional Healthcare

October 3, 2018

Via: Forbes

A lot of attention is being paid lately to the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare. There is not question that artificial intelligence and related technologies will significantly benefit patients in many ways and transform aspects of medicine. That said, […]


Opinions

What Patients Really Want And Why Healthcare Companies Should Care

October 2, 2018

Via: Forbes

In celebration of CX Day, the day the CXPA (Customer Experience Professionals Association) has designated to shine a spotlight on customer experience, I am sharing new insights about a type of customer experience that is growing in importance – the […]