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Millions of Americans Could Lose ACA Subsidies

July 21, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

ACA in danger?

Yet another provision of the ACA, this one concerning ACA subsidies, is under scrutiny, and this one could change health insurance as we know it. A case which has become the topic of discussion as of late is Halbig v. Burwell. This is one of four currently flowing through the appeals process, with similar emphasis and focus.[read more]

We Need to Measure What Counts, Not What We're Paid to Count

July 16, 2014 by Zal Press

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A couple of weeks ago I attended the SOCAP Health Conference held at the New York Academy of Medicine in NYC. It took me some time to comprehend that the focus was on health, not healthcare. This led to some extraordinary discussion and many compelling comments.[read more]

CMS to Begin Implementing Payment Penalties Tied to Patient Outcomes

July 16, 2014 by Michael Douglas

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Currently, approximately 13 percent of hospital admissions — according to the feds — ultimately contract an iatrogenic infection. The problem many teaching hospitals have with making inroads into this number has more to do with the population that is served than with simply identifying the source of these infections.[read more]

Why the U.S. Healthcare System Ranks Worst in the Developed World

July 15, 2014 by Abby Norman

The U.S.’s expenditures are higher than any other developed nation’s when it comes to healthcare. When you consider how poorly the U.S. measures up against countries spending less money, it might make you wonder where all that money does end up. So what happened?[read more]

How to Communicate with Patients When Words Won't Work

July 14, 2014 by Joan Justice

What if you were a patient with a serious illness, alone in a hospital and you couldn’t communicate verbally with the medical staff? The feeling of loneliness and isolation on top of the emotional burden of being hospitalized with a serious illness would certainly be overwhelming.[read more]

Healthcare Progress Depends On "E Interventions"

July 10, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

What are “E Interventions”? These patient interventions don’t qualify for Medicare Part A (hospital), Part B (physician), Part C (health plan) or Part D (medicines) reimbursement. Yet “E Interventions” can significantly improve patient outcomes and reduce cost, as two innovative programs are demonstrating.[read more]

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Big Data = Big Brother? Leveraging Transaction Data for Better Healthcare

July 9, 2014 by Charles Settles

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Based on the results of countless studies - such as a 2011 Synovate study in which 52% of women admitted lying to their healthcare providers - and the experience of thousands of physicians, the fact patients lie should come as no surprise to any medical provider. But what if physicians didn't have to rely on patient honesty?[read more]

Advanced Care Planning: What to Do Now

July 8, 2014 by Joan Justice

If you are an adult, you need to think about your future and your wishes and desires in terms of your health care. And you need to discuss these wishes and desires with those close to you. It is only by doing this that you can ensure that your choices will be heard. This is important![read more]

Nursing Home Complaint Centers Fields Your Calls for Deaths Around Septic Shock

July 8, 2014 by Anthony Cirillo

The Nursing Home Complaint Center says, “Based on the calls we get about deaths from sepsis, or septic shock, from family members whose loved one was being treated at a nursing home, a rehab center, or a skilled nursing facility, we are convinced this is a huge national problem."[read more]

Top 8 ACA Delays: Blatantly Illegal or Temporary Courses of Action?

July 7, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

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The Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010 with provisions becoming effective over several years, many of which have been delayed. Taking that into account, is the ACA really what we bargained for? Should the President have the authority to delay ACA provisions at his discretion or is it his duty to uphold the law as written?[read more]

Keeping Patients in the Dark

July 6, 2014 by Casey Quinlan

The medical-industrial complex has, for eons, kept its customers (commonly called “patients”) in the dark pretty consistently. For a very long time, that was facilitated by a lack of access to scientific knowledge for the common human, but that started to shift in the 19th and 20th centuries, as public education rose across most of the globe.[read more]

Culture Change Is Here: People Are Price-Shopping for Health Care

July 1, 2014 by Jeanne Pinder

Jeanne Pinder

People are upset about rising health care prices and rising out-of-pocket expenses. In fact, they’re so upset that they’re acting like consumers, by shopping around for their health care, and by sharing information, and by complaining about their outrage. And that’s a good thing.[read more]