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Electronic Health Records: Panacea vs. Unintended Consequences

John Geyman | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
John Geyman

Electronic health records (EHRs) have become adopted for widespread use by a growing majority of U. S. physicians. It has been assumed that the wider ...

Rx for Innovation, the Transition Team and the Room Where it Happens

Margaret Anderson | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Margaret Anderson

The nation's innovator community has clear ideas for the next president and administration. We should know. Through FasterCures' Rx for Innovation pro...

A New Model For Aging At Home: Care Management -- Every Step Of The Way

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 10.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

The vast majority of older Americans, 90 percent of them, want to age at home. Many have lived in their homes for decades, where they are surrounded b...

How Expanded Roles For Home Health Aides Can Improve The Health Of Older Americans

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Millions of older Americans have a home health aide (HHA) come into their home on a daily basis to assist with essential activities such as bathing, d...

A Cure For Hepatitis C: Bringing Medication Within Reach For All

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 08.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

This new class of HCV drugs, which are much easier on the human body and virtually free of side effects, attacks the virus directly and can reduce the viral load to zero when taken correctly.

Inconvenient Truths About the Government's Experiment on Cancer Care

Ted Okon | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Ted Okon

There is a raging debate going on in Washington about how the government pays for drugs used to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, immunodeficiency diseases, and other serious medical conditions.

6 Ways to Boost Your Blog's Visibility in 2016

Laiza King | Posted 05.18.2016 | Technology
Laiza King

Credit Building a successful blog comes with challenges, successes and errors that can eventually weave into a business if approached with the right...

Medicare Has A Drug Problem

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2016 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Medicare Part B has a drug problem. Program spending on prescription drugs has doubled--growing from $11 billion to $22 billion--over the past eight y...

Here's How Congress Is Helping Big Pharma Keep Drug Prices High

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

If you want to know why it’s so hard to fight the pharmaceutical industry and reduce spending on prescription drugs, pay close attention to a new Ob...

A Year in Two Different Worlds: Why Integrated Schools are Essential

Katherine Meeks | Posted 03.29.2016 | Education
Katherine Meeks

It's time for a public reckoning. We know from anecdotal evidence and quantitative data that separate is not equal and does not work. Our teachers deserve safe and professional working conditions. Our students deserve a safe learning environment and a high quality education.

Three Ways State Medicaid Programs Can Improve Provider Networks for Beneficiaries

Bruce Caswell | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Bruce Caswell

State Medicaid programs have evolved tremendously since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Their evolution will continue as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) works to improve on a program that has grown extensively and is still working to meet the overarching goals of the ACA.

Attention Medicare Recipients and Advocates: Get Face to Face with a new Paperwork Mess

Steve Landers MD,MPH | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Steve Landers MD,MPH

The Menendez/Roberts fix offers a ray of hope. But, more members of Congress must sign on to make this happen. If you are concerned about home health quality and access for yourself or your loved ones please urge your Senators and Representatives to take action.

Fewer Patients Dying From Hospital Errors Since Obamacare Started

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics

Hospitals have cut down on deadly medical errors, saving around 87,000 lives since 2010, according to a new government report. Pinning down the preci...

President Obama: Amputees Need Your Help to Get Appropriate Health Care

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mr. President, on behalf of those in the nation who need this type of prosthetic care to live full and productive lives and support themselves and their families, I ask you to look at these issues which are creating barriers to care, delaying, and in some cases, denying prosthetic care to Americans with limb loss.

Dual Eligibles: Best Practices for Managing Your State's Beneficiaries

Bruce Caswell | Posted 07.31.2016 | Politics
Bruce Caswell

According to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, there are roughly 9 million people in the U.S. eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare.

Medicaid for Services Update

Deborah De Santis | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

This past Friday, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued an official bulletin encouraging and guiding states to use Medicaid resources, where appropriate, to help provide the services complementing the affordable housing side of supportive housing.

Here's What Happens When Wall Street Runs Hospitals

Wendell Potter | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Wendell Potter

If you think costs would come down if hospitals were all owned and operated by big for-profit corporations like Hospital Corporation of America, you might want to take a look at a study published last week by the journal Health Affairs.

Commissioning at LHC and Conferences

Alice Bean | Posted 06.21.2015 | Science
Alice Bean

You might have heard that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is back online. In the past few weeks, it started circulating beams and then they were able to ramp up the energy per beam to 6.5 trillion electron volts which is a new record, up from the previous 4 trillion electron volts.

CMS: It Cuts Deep

Hector Barreto | Posted 06.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Hector Barreto

The ongoing impact of Medicare Advantage cuts imposed by CMS on the sustainability of a successful program is not only proving to be detrimental for America's seniors; it is unacceptable.

Brits Think We're Nuts for Believing Our Health System Is Better Than Theirs

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When I was an industry PR guy, I was part of a never-ending effort to defame the NHS, usually by citing a few anecdotes about Brits who claimed to endure long waits for needed care. The industry's propaganda got little resistance from the media or the American public.

Politics Versus Economics and the Enduring Mystery of Medicaid Expansion

James Moore | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
James Moore

Humans might not be the only casualties of the political standoff over provisions of the Affordable Care Act to expand Medicaid. Rural hospitals may begin to disappear because of lost revenues.

Why Health Care Costs So Much: Both Parties Suck at Teat of Medical-Industrial Complex

Wendell Potter | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

Will Congress act to save taxpayers billions of dollars -- and protect the solvency of the Medicare programs -- by taking on the AMA, the drugmakers and the insurers? Don't hold your breath.

VA Solutions Should Start With Transparency

Leah Binder | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

So how does the VA compare? We don't know. We don't have much data publicly available to begin with, and we have virtually nothing that compares VA hospitals with other American hospitals.

Insurers Are Fleecing Us Out of Billions While Congress Looks the Other Way

Wendell Potter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Wendell Potter

A year-long investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has revealed that health insurers may have fleeced taxpayers out of $70 billion in just five years.

The Power of Open Data

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

The questions we might be able to ask and answer with the release of the Medicare data are numerous, and significant.