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Medicaid for All?

November 19, 2014 by David E Williams

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The Affordable Care Act is injecting billions upon billions of dollars to provide Medicaid to previously uninsured people. More money should help healthcare providers’ finances, not hurt them. So what’s going on? To summarize, Medicaid reimburses for services at only about half the rate of what commercial health plans pay.[read more]

Invisible Illness Insights: "A Little Understanding Could Change So Many Lives"

November 18, 2014 by Dave Taylor

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In a recent survey conducted by Inspire of its online community members with invisible illnesses such as EDS, chronic pain, lupus, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, depression and sarcoidosis, we saw that many respondents expressed frustration in the interactions they have had with their doctors.[read more]

Governor-Elect Charlie Baker on Healthcare Policy

November 16, 2014 by David E Williams

Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker has tremendous, relevant experience in healthcare. He was CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Secretary of Health and Human Services before that. Healthcare is a huge issue for Massachusetts, so it’s great to have someone at the helm with that background.[read more]

Medicaid Expansion: How Does It Affect You?

November 14, 2014 by Abby Norman

Medicaid expansion

It’s almost time for open enrollment – and this year, there are some changes to Medicaid that might affect you, depending on what state you live in. So far, states have begun expanding their Medicaid programs, with the help of additional federal funding.[read more]

CVS: Drugs, Tobacco...and Guns?

November 11, 2014 by David E Williams

photo: Smoking Gun / photopin cc

Caremark, CVS's pharmacy benefit management arm, is offering a tobacco-free pharmacy network, which will penalize members who shop in stores that sell tobacco by dinging them with an extra co-pay. What’s next for CVS? Here’s an idea: add an extra co-pay for stores that sell guns. If nothing else that should bring them some attention![read more]

Family Caregivers: Unsung Heroes of Healthcare in America

November 9, 2014 by Kenneth Thorpe

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With another Election Day behind us, let’s take the time to encourage policymakers to do more to relieve burden of chronic diseases on patients, families, communities, and the nation as a whole. We are all touched in some way by costly and deadly chronic conditions: don’t we owe it to these patients AND their caregivers to do better?[read more]

Ebola Hysteria in Ohio

November 7, 2014 by Michael Kirsch

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The Ebola hysteria continues. The press would have us think we need to purchase hazmat suits for our families just to be prepared. Does it matter that medical experts have consistently explained that you cannot catch this virus unless the infected individual is symptomatic and you are within reach of that individual’s bodily secretions?[read more]

Why Is Behavioral Health Integration So Rare?

November 6, 2014 by Abby Norman

behavioral health integration

At a whopping $57 million per year, behavioral health conditions are one of the most costly health conditions in the United States today. But while behavioral health conditions are rampant, they often don’t get as much attention as their more physical counterparts.[read more]

Hospital Preparedness: Pay Now or Pay Later!

November 5, 2014 by Christina Thielst

Prepared for Ebola

My latest article for Multibriefs addresses the risk of being unprepared for events like the current evolving situation with Ebola. Healthcare providers have a responsibility to be prepared and the government has a responsibility for supporting the planning process, including with funding.[read more]

What Are Your Responsibilities as a Cancer Patient Today?

November 5, 2014 by Andrew Schorr

Patient & Caregiver at the Patient Power Myeloma Forum

I would argue that today the passive patient, or at least the passive patient and his/her care support team, is likely to get the short end of the stick. So whose responsibility is it to make you active rather than passive, to be sort of an “impatient” rather than a “patient?” Yours![read more]

Another Irrational Ebola Response

November 4, 2014 by Kathy Nieder

Fear of Ebola

Irrational behavior is presently rampant in my workplace. Every patient seen, not just individuals with fever or nausea and vomiting, is screened for exposure to Ebola. I take umbrage at being forced to add to public paranoia by legitimizing a workflow designed for a real threat instead of this farce.[read more]

Using Homecare for Positive Change in Healthcare

November 4, 2014 by Anne Weiler

The week before last, I was fortunate to be invited to attend the Collaborative for Integrated Home Care Aid Innovation Symposium: a group of committed individuals and organizations that are passionate about improving healthcare through home care. Here are some highlights.[read more]