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Counting Candles

Jeanine Celeste Pang | Posted 10.25.2012 | Women
Jeanine Celeste Pang

"Amazing genes!" many would say when learning the ages of my 99-year-old grandfather and 94-year-old grandmother. "You'll live to be 100." "101," I would reply, as if entitled to some borrowed fortitude.

Synergy for Senior Care: Improving Partnerships Between Medical Services and Community-Based Care

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 12.24.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

Care coordination and transitions are critical to providing services that should be offered at the right time by the right provider and in the right place. For people whose lives are on the line, this pathway can and should be as smooth as possible.

'Obamacare' and the Life and Death of Brian Anders

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

If you don't have health insurance, will you still get the medical care you need? A silly question, you're probably thinking: The answer is obvious -- agonizingly so for the nearly 50 million Americans without coverage.

Another Reason To Stay Out Of The Hospital

Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics

The cost of the average American hospital stay nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010 while average stay length declined. The decade was a period of low inf...

How Avoidable Hospital Readmissions are Hurting the Economy, the Health Care System and the Patient

Lily Sarafan | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Lily Sarafan

We often mistakenly assume that we can't play a role in the efficiency of our institutions. We can prevent thousands of avoidable hospital readmissions by being proactive and availing ourselves of the resources in our communities.

Hospitals Are Crawling With Viruses..

Technology Review | Posted 12.17.2012 | Technology

Computerized hospital equipment is increasingly vulnerable to malware infections, according to participants in a recent government panel. These infect...

How Hospitals Can Stop Killing as Many Patients

Kare Anderson | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
Kare Anderson

Let us strongly urge our doctors, the administrators of the larger practices many of them are rapidly joining, and their affiliated hospitals to attract us as patients and as referrers for our loved ones and friends.

Too Many Cancer Patients Leave the Hospital for Homelessness

Pat LaMarche | Posted 12.02.2012 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

It's a tragic tale: a story of a little old mentally handicapped lady with cancer leaving a hospital to convalesce in a homeless shelter.

Do the Joys of Being a Doctor Outweigh the Tragedies?

Sethly Davis | Posted 11.27.2012 | Teen
Sethly Davis

I'm amazed by what doctors do -- in a day, their work can swing from tragedy to joy. Perhaps the joys make up for the tragedies? That's how I have felt being an observer in a hospital.

Jeffrey Young

Not Good Enough: Why Romney's Wrong About Emergency Rooms, Clinics And The Uninsured

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.26.2012 | Business

More than 1,000 people are expected to flood the halls of the Dallas Convention Center this Saturday seeking medical care at a one-day event sponsored...

Obama Administration Warns Hospitals Against Gaming Medicare System

AP | Posted 11.24.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Computerized medical records were supposed to cut costs. Now the Obama administration is warning hospitals that might be tempted t...

Josh Zepps

WATCH: Doctor Advocates Transparency, Accountability To Fix Broken Health Care System

HuffingtonPost.com | Josh Zepps | Posted 11.18.2012 | Health News

Medical mistakes are the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., with one in four patients harmed by medical errors. But hospitals don't measure thi...

How doctors and hospitals have collected billions in questionable Medicare fees

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 11.17.2012 | Health News
The Center for Public Integrity

By Fred Schulte and David DonaldThe Center for Public IntegrityThousands of doctors and other medical professionals have steadily billed higher rate...

Here Come The Feds: Minnesota Hospital Faces Sanctions Over Shaking Down Patients

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 09.15.2012 | Business

A Minnesota hospital company that worked with debt-collection firm Accretive Health is in hot water with the federal government over allegedly harassi...

Why Every Week Should Be Nurse Appreciation Week

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Throughout history, the culture of medicine has revered the role of a physician as the core to patient care and medical recovery. Yet in my personal work experience, absolutely no care would be delivered without the critical role of a nurse.

Boards Can't Police Charities, So New Oversight Measures Are Urgently Needed

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 10.01.2012 | Business
Pablo Eisenberg

The boards at Penn State and the University of Virginia are the most recent prominent examples demonstrating why we can't trust boards. But plenty of other institutions have proved time and again that they can't hold their institution's finances or programs accountable.

Jeffrey Young

Paid In Full: Controversial Hospital Debt Collector Barred From Minnesota

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.31.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a hospital billing and debt-collection contractor accused of badgering patients for money, won't be allowed to do business in Minnes...

Health Care 101: Dealing With Your Difficult Patient

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

A friendly reminder to those just starting out in their respective health care positions: Your patient demographic will not be solely be made up of sweet old grandmothers telling you how lovely you look in scrubs or a white coat.

Why Medicine Can't Seem to Fix Simple Mistakes

ProPublica | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
ProPublica

NYU's Langone Medical Center sent 12-year-old Rory Staunton, now deceased, home in March and then failed to notify his doctor or family of lab results showing he was suffering from a raging infection.

Crowdfunding May Revolutionize Health Startup Funding

Dave Chase | Posted 09.09.2012 | Small Business
Dave Chase

A new organization, MedStartr, is bringing this concept to health care, where it can be particularly challenging to get a startup off the ground.

The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

Adam Levin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

What does it say about us as a nation where patients waiting in an emergency room or lying in (or near) recovery rooms after surgery can be confronted by a special "relative" or friend at their bedside? It's your friendly medical debt collector, holding an invoice.

Jeffrey Young

Rick Scott Vs. The Hospital Industry: How GOP Defiance Over Medicaid Sets Up A Lobbying Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

Republican governors like Rick Scott of Florida who say they will defy President Barack Obama and opt out of a planned expansion of Medicaid health co...

Shareholder Sues Debt-Collection Company Over 'Deplorable' Practices

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

The problems just keep piling up for the nation's most famous collector of hospital debts. Accretive Health, the Chicago-based debt collection comp...

Jeffrey Young

Health Insurers And Hospitals To Welcome New Customers, Though Reform Raises Big Questions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.28.2012 | Business

The Supreme Court decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care reform law eliminates much of the uncertainty facing health insurance compan...

Moody's: Obamacare May Hurt Hospitals

Reuters | Posted 08.28.2012 | Business

June 28 (Reuters) - Moody's Investors Service on Thursday said the health-care reforms in the federal Affordable Care Act remain a c...