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Labor Day and Health Care

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 08.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

So this Labor Day as we honor all of the hard-working Americans, I would like for more thought and action to be given to what we might be able to do in order to change the work experience for many from being forced to stay in a current position to being able to make a change or secure new employment on terms that are not restricted by the prohibitive costs of medical coverage.

I Survived The VA: A Veteran Tells His Shocking Story

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Cat del Valle Castellanos

The VA should be the fulfillment of a promise: health care in the service of those way we claim to honor most, those who have worn the uniform and offered the last, full measure of their worth for their nation. It has become, in reality, a vending machine.

Just a "Simple" Day-Trip to the City When You Can't See

Matthew A. Weed PhD | Posted 08.28.2015 | New York
Matthew A. Weed PhD

For someone who doesn't have significant challenges to manage, it's hard to truly understand the difference between our lives. Here's an example of what I, and many people who are either chronically ill or disabled, need to do to make a comparatively "easy" day trip to the city happen.

Rock Health's Halle Tecco: The Many Challenges Healthcare Tech Startups Face

John Rampton | Posted 08.25.2015 | Business
John Rampton

The speed of growth in digital health is faster than growth in traditional healthcare and software in general. As a result, investors have turned their attention to the industry. But, the industry faces serious obstacles as a longstanding industry adjusts to the changes technology will bring.

The Future of Care

XPRIZE | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living

Advances in research, drug development and technology have evolved the practice of medicine bringing us new treatments, new cures and new ways of collaborating. Scientists, researchers, engineers and others are paving the future of health care in labs across the globe right now.

The Juggling Act of a Caregiver

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

Caregiving, while rewarding, can be overwhelming especially when the emotional connection to a spouse or parent is difficult to extricate from their day-to-day personal care needs.

High-Deductible Health Plans Not Satisfying Customers

MoneyTips | Posted 08.19.2015 | Money

High deductible health plans (HDHPs) are health insurance plans that try to strike a balance between affordability and usability. W

70: The Decade for Giving Back

Diane Gilman | Posted 08.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Diane Gilman

I am facing down one of those consequential Decade Birthdays... The Big 70! I like to think I'm entering, shall we say, "Extended Middle-Age." As I c...

Laughter Is Food for the Soul

Eric J. Hall | Posted 08.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

Patch Adams is a doctor as well as a professional clown, who puts on funny hats and a big nose when visiting children with terminal cancer to make the...

Determination in the Face of Crisis: Keeping Mothers and Babies Safe from Ebola

Bill Boyes | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Bill Boyes

Throughout July and August of 2014, Ebola tore through Lunsar. Within only a few weeks, eight members of the staff at Massebeneh died, including the hospital's chief surgeon, Dr. Manuel García Viejo. The hospital was closed on September 24. Margaret still grieves for those friends she lost, but she also speaks empathetically about the women in the community who had nowhere to go. With no medical intervention she knows hundreds must have died, not of Ebola, but of other complications common in rural village communities.

Unapologetically A Nurse

Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN | Posted 08.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Sonja Mitrevska-Schwartzbach, BSN, RN, CCRN

I will never be the same. I border on crazy. I'm slightly irrational. I'm absolutely neurotic. I'm completely invested. I'm a woman. I'm a wife. I'm a daughter. I'm a friend. But through it all, I am unapologetically a nurse.

Notes From a Serial Entrepreneur: 5 Things That Are Easier the Second Time Around

Miles Beckett | Posted 08.13.2015 | Business
Miles Beckett

Frank Sinatra, one of my all-time favorites, crooned "love is more comfortable the second time you fall." When it comes to companies, I definitely agree.

A Watershed Moment That Will Turn Around VA Operations

John Toussaint, MD | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
John Toussaint, MD

The delivery of healthcare needs to change significantly. I have briefly outlined some of the changes required to build a culture of continuous improvement. As the Secretary of the VA made clear to the department in July, the VA needs a different strategy to better meet customer needs.

Why We're Launching 'Better Black Health'

Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Meredith Melnick

As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps the nation, we would be remiss to not use this time as a moment to discuss not just the death, but the preservation and physical conditions of black bodies. Conversations can't end at violence and injury -- instead, we must also acknowledge that health, wellness and the security of quality health care are important aspects of a life well-lived.

Can I Change My Health Insurance Plan Outside of Open Enrollment?

Christina LaMontagne | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Christina LaMontagne

Choosing health insurance is a difficult and often confusing task, so for many people, open enrollment is a time of hand-wringing and guesswork. High-deductible health plans are a gamble of sorts and aren't right for everyone. You could be stuck holding some significant bills if an unexpected emergency or illness arises.

Better Health, By Design

Footnote | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science

The human element has always been as important to medicine as the scientific side. Design takes this human factor into account by analyzing how healthcare is provided and used and how the behavior of doctors, patients, and other actors promotes or impedes health.

Five Industries Ripe For Disruption

Rana Florida | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Rana Florida

If these sprawling campus behemoths don't make better use of technology, all of those dormitories, student centers, and administrative buildings that they are so busy building will have to reinvent themselves.

Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare!

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

On this day in 1965, United States President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the landmark legislation into law. Do you know who were the first Medicare beneficiaries? It was President and First Lady Truman.

Is the Cadillac Tax the Tipping Point for Employers?

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 07.30.2015 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

Companies will not automatically, dollar for dollar, increase taxable wages to compensate for cost increases passed on to employees. That doesn't occur now when businesses are forced to pass increased health-care costs to its workforce.

'Be Healthy and Be Rewarded' -- With Rewards in Health Care... Everyone Wins!

Michael Dermer | Posted 07.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Dermer

A decade ago, financial rewards for healthy behavior was a "fringe" technique in some circles and morally offensive in others. It was common to hear ...

The Separate Orbits Of Medicare And Moore's Law

Eric J. Topol, M.D. | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Eric J. Topol, M.D.

Every other sector of our day-to-day lives--financial, telecommunication, retail, travel, and entertainment--have been irrevocably changed. But to date essentially none of these technological triumphs have been leveraged to reduce the cost of health care, no less to achieve better outcomes for patients.

Three Months Later: Rural Survival in Post-Earthquake Nepal -- the Achham Model of Durable Healthcare

Duncan Maru | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Duncan Maru

Among the over 8,700 victims of the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, the vast majority of them were living in rural areas.

Latinos Are Making the Call for Climate Action. Now Leaders Should Listen.

Cristóbal Joshua Alex | Posted 07.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Cristóbal Joshua Alex

Latinos don't need to be told that climate change is a problem that needs addressing. For many of us, environmental issues aren't abstract or far-off problems; they are realities that have severe impacts on our families and communities each and every day.

When Wound Care Management Gets Personal

James Calder | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
James Calder

My parents have been through hell and back during the past two years. My dad was diagnosed with non-smoking lung cancer during the fall of 2013.

Grants Help Communities Replicate Successful FUSE Model

Deborah De Santis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

Generous support from the Open Society Foundations and Capital One are behind recent grants designed to help communities plan and implement the eviden...