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Are We Doing It All Wrong?: Is Increasing Classroom Minutes Hurting Academic Achievement?

David Satcher, MD, PhD | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
David Satcher, MD, PhD

We must commit to the fact that physical and academic well-being of children are inextricably linked. We must think about nutrient-rich foods and physical activity time at school the way we think about books, or computers or any other critical educational tools.

Ending Price-Gouging: Brill's Time Article and the Next Chapter in Health Reform

Diane Archer | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Diane Archer

In his extraordinarily well-documented expose on the medical-industrial complex, Steven Brill explains thoroughly and repeatedly what serious pundits, policy experts and policymakers have failed to see or have feared to say: there is no free market in health care.

Time's Brill Persuasive but 'Bitter Pill' Misdiagnoses Health Care Ills

Joanne Conroy, MD | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Joanne Conroy, MD

A Feb. 20 Time magazine article by Steven Brill highlights the very real challenges people have navigating our health system. But as compelling as Brill's stories are, and as persuasive, they ignore much of our publicly available information.

Call Your Doctor... on a Rotary Phone

Tom Deegan | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Deegan

Private practices will not disappear, but increasingly they will become a niche to provide good old fashioned service to the generation in the habit of "going to see my doctor," while the more mobile young have already discovered the instant gratification of clinics and particularly the ERs.

Why Published Prices Could Improve U.S. Health Care Costs

David Peck | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
David Peck

When you buy a vacuum cleaner, airline ticket, or a car, you can compare prices before making a selection, and pick the one that fits your budget. Not so when life hangs in the balance.

Can You Really Get Off the Grid?

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 04.24.2013 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

My husband and I are off the grid. We no longer own our home, and we are currently living in other people's houses.

Three Reasons Why Medicare Cost-Shifting Is the Wrong Solution

Joe Baker | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Joe Baker

The president opened last week's State of the Union address calling for "modest" changes to contain Medicare costs. Yet, there is little consensus among lawmakers on what to do about Medicare. As this discussion unfolds, Congress must remember three key Medicare facts.

Our Chameleon President Continues to Dazzle and Infuriate -- Who Is This Guy, Anyway?

Pearl Korn | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Pearl Korn

How will that help you to achieve your lofty goals laid out in your inaugural speech and the SOTU, Mr. President? You are only setting up barriers to achieving success.

The 'Price' of Health Care

Ronnie Musgrove | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics
Ronnie Musgrove

Some governors are demonstrating that one-time critics of Obamacare can, and should, be willing to take another look at the impact Medicaid expansion will have on their state's budget -- and their constituents who may fall ill at some time in their lives -- in the face of a health care crisis.

Are feds doing all they can to ferret out waste from move to electronic medical records?

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.16.2013 | Health News
The Center for Public Integrity

By Fred SchulteThe Center for Public IntegrityThe Obama administration is forging ahead with a multi-billion dollar plan to shift from paper to elec...

Why We Should Celebrate High Healthcare Costs

Michael Hodin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Everyone seems to agree that healthcare is failing and that costs are too high. It isn't, and they aren't. Healthcare is keeping us healthier longer than ever before, and the costs are skyrocketing because so too is demand.

The Case For Prevention: Saving More Dollars By Making More Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we got down to the bedrock of true prevention -- lifestyle as preventive medicine -- we could add years to life, add life to years, and save a whole lot of money by putting to use the science and sense long at our disposal.

Telling the Truth About Food Ingredients Helps the Consumer, the Economy and the Environment

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Eighty percent of the antibiotics sold in the United States are used to raise chickens, pigs, cows and other livestock, yet producers of meat and poultry are not required to report how they use the drugs, despite growing alarm over antibiotic resistance.

What Happens if Public Education Is Privatized? Clues From the Health Care Fiasco

Alan Singer | Posted 04.07.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

The near religious commitment of the United States to private for-profit administration of social programs has proved to be an economic disaster. Health insurance and education are not an entitlements. They should be social rights.

Plenty O' Pain to Go Around

Cathie Beck | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Cathie Beck

Last August, I told Kaiser Permanente to permanently kiss my backside when they escalated my premiums from $400 a month to nearly $1,200 a month in a few short years simply because they could. I am today in pain and without medical insurance, which psychologically hurts.

Prevention Does the Body (and America's Wallet) Good

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 04.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Levi

Prevention delivers real value as a cost-effective way to keep Americans healthy and improve their quality of life. Everyone wins when we prevent disease rather than treating people after they get sick.

WATCH: Woman Raises $25K For Hospital Bills On Crowdfunding Website

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Wilkes-Edrington | Posted 01.25.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

With the soaring costs of health care, some Americans are turning to online crowdfunding websites to raise money to pay for the care they need. One wo...

A Program for Fighting Poverty: No Cuts to Social Security or Medicare, and Medicare for All

Rose Ann DeMoro | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Rose Ann DeMoro

It's time to send an unmistakable message to Congress and the White House: End the silence on poverty, don't make poverty worse by making cuts to Social Security or Medicare, and address a principle cause of poverty with a permanent fix to our dysfunctional health care system.

Disintermediation: a big word that keeps health insurance execs up at night

Wendell Potter | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
Wendell Potter

For the first time in a long time, my former insurance colleagues and I agree on something: it's time for affordability. Health insurers' big PR and ...

Will We Have A Health Care System Or A Sick Care System? A Tale Of Two Futures

Jeffrey Levi | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Levi

Either we continue on the track we're on, resigning millions of Americans to major health problems that could have been avoided, or we increase our investment in giving them the opportunity to be healthier and preventing them from developing chronic conditions in the first place.

Health Care And Entitlement Spending Eating Up The Federal Budget

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Government spending has risen a lot over the decades no matter who you measure it. A big share of the increase is due to -- you guessed it -- escalati...

Amid Budget Battle, A Surprising Finding On Medicare Costs

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

We hear a lot about how Medicare spending is out of control and will bankrupt the federal government if left unchecked. Against that backdrop, a report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services today includes findings that might surprise some people.

GAO Reports Self-Referrals for Imaging Are Costly: Part II

Helene Pavlov, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Helene Pavlov, M.D.

During the fiscal year of 2010, self-referrals amounted to over $109 million dollars in extra payments from Medicare, which equates to approximately 400,000 diagnostic imaging examinations for seemingly arbitrary purposes.

The U.S. Could Drastically Cut Health Care Costs With This One Move

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2013 | Business

* Study calls for national healthcare spending target * Group says plan could be "escape valve" in spending debate By Da...

Jeffrey Young

Surprising News About Health Care Spending In America | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business

U.S. health care spending rose at the lowest rates in more than half a century between 2009 and 2011, according to a report issued by federal auditors...