After writing a couple weeks back that we need to keep an eye on profit-hungry health insurers to make sure they are not refusing to pay for medically necessary care, I got a flood of emails and tweets from people with stories to share.
What does health care reform have to do with the futures of primary care and psychiatry? A lot, and most of it is still under our collective radar screen.
Having accurate and timely utilization, cost and outcomes data would allow the physician community to expand the use of new health care delivery and payment models that so many policymakers and thought leaders say are needed.
While we had some of the world's best doctors and hospitals, they were in many cases off-limits to millions of Americans, many of whom were uninsured because of preexisting conditions that made them "uninsurable" in the eyes of private insurance companies.
Residents and health providers in some states will reap the benefits of the ACA while others will not. Whether the motivations for the divide result from a political strategy or an honest disagreement over the role of government, the consequences are very real.
It's a stretch to say that Charlene Dill died because Florida Republicans rejected the Medicaid expansion. Dill died because of an untreated heart condition. Even if Florida had expanded its Medicaid program, she might still have died. But access to health care, treatment and medications would have given her a fighting chance.
Veronica's story illustrates how clinicians can effectively address the social determinants of health by using tools that assess a patient's community and environmental circumstances, as well as by including non-medical providers as part of a health care team.
America's collective risk for chronic disease could be cut by up to 80 percent with lifestyle changes. And although numerous studies have quantified ...
With profit margins under pressure because of Obamacare, insurers likely will be denying more of your claims and inserting themselves even more between you and your doctor when it comes to medically necessary care, but you should never take a "no" as the final answer.
A Kentucky professional who owns his own business found that he missed getting the Health Care Tax Credit. For the past four years! Since the credit is worth 35 percent of what he is paying in health insurance, his business lost out on about $40,000.
Looks like you will finally be able to see how much your doctor is making from Medicare. White House CTO, Todd Park, made the announcement via the White House Blog this week.
Like every country with an aging population, Canada will have to implement some changes to make sure care continues to be accessible and affordable, but the U.S. model is not the example Ottawa and the provinces should follow.
Why are so many Democrats still playing defense on the health care, with weak-kneed "keep and fix" rhetoric that implies the Affordable Care Act is broken? The Affordable Care Act is not broken.
The media and many policymakers have failed to address the critical role that Medicaid plays in the health care law's mission to expand access to affordable, quality health coverage. That's a shame, since its expansion was meant to assist people who, in many ways, need health coverage the most.
Executives at health insurance giant WellPoint are predicting they will have to implement "double-digit plus" rate increases next year, demonstrating once again just how politically tone deaf and profit-obsessed they apparently are.
All human beings have value, regardless of their country of origin or socioeconomic status. We are confident the administration will fix the technological problems and hope it will make the sound decision to allow DACA recipients into Obamacare. We can only hope Congress can correct the immorality and shortsighted public policy of denying immigrants access to affordable health care.