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How Safety-Net ERs Can Save Health-Care Reform

Andrew G. Lim | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Andrew G. Lim

In the coming years of health-care transition, county-hospital ERs will continue to be the first refuge for America's marginalized and vulnerable populations. They must evolve to become coordinating centers for society's health needs and champions of cost reform.

An Argument Against Food Stamps

Courtney McKinney | Posted 03.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Courtney McKinney

I think we should stop food stamps completely. It's not that I don't think the government should be feeding people, it's that I wouldn't call the op...

How to Sell Health Insurance to Millenials

Angela Perkey | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Angela Perkey

Those of us who fall into this generation are generally not lazy. We also don't think we're invincible, as many assert. Instead, there has been a sizeable communication gap between the government and young adults regarding health care options.

27,000 May Die Next Year Because Republican Governors, Lawmakers Refuse to Expand Medicaid

Ethan Rome | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Governors and lawmakers in 25 states who rebuff federal support to expand state Medicaid programs to 4.8 million low-income people under the ACA are sacrificing thousands of lives and pushing away enormous economic development opportunities.

The Courage And Triumph Of The Patient

Leah Binder | Posted 02.15.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

Many providers still do not grasp that improving patient experience requires something more than studying the issue and implementing a few new policies.

Obamacare Is Not a Reason to Give Up on Government Programs

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

The biggest myth of the Obamacare debate goes like this: The failures of Obamacare prove that the government can't be trusted to run our health care system.

'A Marathon, Not a Sprint': Enroll America Tells Uninsured Floridians About the Federal Exchange

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

With a huge uninsured population, and a legislature that refuses to carry out the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Florida has been a focus of national efforts to promote enrollment in the ACA's federal health insurance exchange.

Stunning News On Preventable Deaths In Hospitals

Leah Binder | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Leah Binder

According to a new study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than we thought, as many as 440,000 a year.

Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart

Sue Curry, PhD | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Sue Curry, PhD

We have the opportunity and the time to change the culture of health care and the expectations of patients and providers. We have so many effective prevention interventions that address the major causes of chronic disease and early disability and death.

Kentucky: New Survey Shows 78 Percent of Those Polled Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana

The 420 Times | Posted 10.14.2013 | Green
The 420 Times

The latest surveys show that Kentuckians not only want to bring an end to the prohibition of hemp farming but also are very eager to see the reforming of the current laws regarding marijuana.

No Special Fix for Congress Under New Health Reform Rule

Edwin Park | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Edwin Park

Critics of health reform are crying foul, charging that the administration is somehow bending the rules to benefit Congress.  That's incorrect; it's just implementing health reform as the law intended.

Latest Health Reform Repeal Effort Would Make Coverage Less Affordable

Edwin Park | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Edwin Park

The House will likely vote tomorrow on yet another attempt to block health reform, this time by preventing the Treasury Department -- which includes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) -- from implementing any of it.

Correcting the Record on Health Reform's Employer Requirement

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Critics of health reform's employer responsibility requirement, which says that large employers must offer their workers health coverage or pay a penalty, are incorrectly using a paper we wrote in October 2009 to buttress their case.

For Rick Perry, Health Has Always Been Personal

Meredith Melnick | Posted 08.28.2013 | Politics
Meredith Melnick

More has been written about Davis than could be read aloud during a month of filibusters, but if we're to truly know what she, Leticia Van de Putte and the women of Texas are up against, look no further than Perry's clueless comments.

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 6: Culture, Power, and Responsibility

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If you know it's important to control your weight and attend to your health, but almost everything in your environment and your culture conspires against such efforts -- how responsible are you, personally?

Uncomplicating Matters on the Way to Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Getting to health doesn't need to be all that complicated. And it also doesn't need to be about "should." Don't pursue health because it's an obligation, or because someone says you should. Pursue health because health is a currency you can spend on living better.

John Celock

Kansas 'Zombie Legislation' Strikes Nerve

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

A Kansas bill would repeal the state's 1988 ban on quarantining individuals with HIV and AIDS as part of broader changes to its public health practice...

An Obamacare Picture Worth 10,000 Words

J.D. Kleinke | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
J.D. Kleinke

A seasoned colleague recently told me that some PowerPoint presentations have no power and make no point. But sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Dental Crisis Looms for California's Children

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 03.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Wendy Lazarus

California needs real leadership in oral health. California has not had a dental director in years. Without a strong office of oral health, led by a dental director, California is missing opportunities to ensure children have the best dental care possible.

Health Group Unites Labor Groups

Steve Early | Posted 03.10.2013 | Politics
Steve Early

Two of the biggest U.S. strikes in the last 16 months were conducted by members of the California Nurses Association (CNA) and the National Union of H...

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.

Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

John Weeks | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Herman is right that it's time to shift the dialogue from roundhouse dismissal of potential cost-saving contributions from what she and the authors call "CIM" treatments and providers. The evidence is there for proactive exploration of potential cost savings.

Republicans Renew War on Women

Sen. Harry Reid | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Sen. Harry Reid

Asking American women to continue denying themselves the care they need is unacceptable. Only by focusing on America's best interest, rather than our own political interests, will we have a stronger, healthier future together.

The Supreme Court and Health Care Reform

Stephen M. Davidson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Stephen M. Davidson

So, since health insurance is interstate commerce, and Congress has the power not only to regulate it, but also to make all laws that are "necessary and proper" for executing its power, why isn't that the end of it?

Banning Big Gulps Won't Fix Our Big Obesity Problem

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 08.04.2012 | Food
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

The real issue with sugary beverages isn't that some people drink large amounts, it's that many people drink relatively small amounts. And banning large-sized drinks does little to address that issue.