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Little Privacy in Health Care -- Shame on Us

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 02.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

While it may sound like HIPAA is a small animal at the zoo, it actually stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Privacy is not just about information -- it is also about the physical environment. There are many components to privacy.

Insurance Reality Check

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jason Alderman

When it comes to insurance, many people face the Goldilocks dilemma: Am I buying too much coverage, not enough, or just the right amount? Unfortunatel...

Electronic Health Records Dramatically Increase Corporate Risk

Ben Kerschberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ben Kerschberg

Effectively controlling the impact of demands over electronic health records is no longer a luxury. Rather, it is a business imperative that is no less than critical.

Don't "Protect" Us From Our Own Genetic Information

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Megan Smolenyak

Unfortunately, there is a tendency towards a paternalistic attitude by certain groups in the medical professions who seek to limit access to medical information that is not directly under their control.

The Next Big Healthcare Debate: Data Privacy and Security

Rita K. Bowen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Rita K. Bowen

With each solution along the road to healthcare reform, we uncover a new challenge. The hype gets old and we become numb. It's high time to fix a largely inefficient system for the benefit of American patients

Doctor-Writers: What Are the Ethics?

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

There is a veritable epidemic of doctor-writers out there. What is going on? Are doctors suddenly in the kiss-and-tell mode? What about confidentiality? Professionalism? HIPAA?

Anthem Individual Health Insurance Prices -- Worse Than Reported

Hava Volterra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Hava Volterra

Anthem Blue Cross is raising rates this year on its California individual insurance plans by up to 39%. It's all over the news and Congress is investigating.

Personal Responsibility: In Education? Yes! In Health Care? No!

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

When President Obama gave his speech on health care, he spoke as though the phrase personal responsibility did not exist.

Healthcare is an Unprincipled Non-System.

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Everyone knows that you cannot cure a sick anything -- patient or system - without a correct diagnosis. What is the diagnosis for sick, "broken" healthcare?

Rights With No Responsibilities?

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Do we have the right to make ourselves unhealthy? I would answer, Yes! That is part of being free.

The Emperor Has No Clothes

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Washington is guilty of management malpractice. Simply throwing more money into the waste of the middle will not fix health care.

What to Ask at a Town Hall on Health Care

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

What to ask our Representatives at town hall meeting, and in letters or emails.

They Are Still Practicing Bad Medicine -- on Medicine (and Therefore on Us).

Deane Waldman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deane Waldman

Given a fundamentally flawed, unsupportable health care system, we need a new one rather than changing where some dollars flow and adding new dollars that we don't have in the first place.

ObamaCare Is Not "a Good Start." They Are Blowing an Opportunity to fix Health care.

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

We need an extended, all-media national dialogue, not violent, partisan town hall meetings in response to a Plan devised behind closed doors.

So, Your Child Is Going Off to College... Drinking, Drugs, Depression and Dealing With Colleges and Universities

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

Mental illnesses, including alcohol and drug abuse, are the conditions that arise and may affect your child as he takes on the developmental steps of leaving home to go off to school.

In Health Care, Complexity Costs and Kills. ObamaCare Will Increase Complexity: You Do the Math

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Complexity is considered bad in most business activities because it reduces efficiency and therefore costs money. In health care it is worse.

An Objective, Evidence-Based Opposition to ObamaCare

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

TennCare was a single payer approach that was tried in Tennessee in 1994. It nearly bankrupted the state, forced the governor to raise taxes, and ultimately required rationing care.

Dialogue on Healthcare: Your Comments, My Responses and Apologies

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Other countries are struggling with health care system problems as big as ours. I do not suggest that health care is insoluble.

Government Cuts Expenditures -- Only We Can Cut Costs

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Without a totally new health care system, cutting health care costs means reducing usage -- rationing. You have to decide just one thing: who will be the rationer?

I Oppose Obama's Healthcare Reform (and You Should Too) Because It Does Not Reform Healthcare

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

ObamaCare is a boondoggle, plain and simple. It is a political approach coupled with a self-proclaimed solution for a medical problem. It is snake oil, not an evidence-based treatment.

"Anything" Is Not Necessarily Better Than the Health Care We Have Now

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Health care is considered so sick in the USA that many believe anything is better than what we have now, so let's pass ObamaCare. At least, it is a st...

Stop Pay-For-Performance! Start Pay-For-Outcome.

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

The Obama Administration is considering implementing the pay-for-performance approach initiated by the British National Health Service (NHS). But that system has flaws.

Do You Have a "Right" to an Oil Change?

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Can you have a "right to health care" without any responsibility: both by paying for it and by being an active partner in it?

President Has Gone Over To The Dark Side

Deane Waldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deane Waldman

Obama has succumbed. The lure of the Dark Side was too powerful. Though he acknowledges that "our healthcare system is broken," he points the finger of shame at people: the doctors.