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Number of Uninsured Up, but Health Care Law Has Helped & Will Help Further Starting in 2014, Commonwealth Fund Reports

In a new report issued on Friday, the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported the results of its 2012 biennial survey on the number of U.S. adults who lacked health insurance or were underinsured. The total number of uninsured adults over . . . → Read More: Number of Uninsured Up, but Health Care Law Has Helped & Will Help Further Starting in 2014, Commonwealth Fund Reports

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Opinion: Center for Medicare Advocacy Condemns Paul Ryan Budget; Offers Solutions

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, a non-profit organization “that provides education, advocacy and legal assistance to help older people and people with disabilities obtain fair access to Medicare and necessary health care,” issued a statement on Wednesday, March 13, . . . → Read More: Opinion: Center for Medicare Advocacy Condemns Paul Ryan Budget; Offers Solutions

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Large Physicians Group Calls for More Health Care Reforms; Condemns Budget Impasse in Washington

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical specialty group in the U.S. and second-largest physicians group (whose members include 133,000 internal medicine physicians and related subspecialists), has issued its annual “State of the Nation’s Health Care” report . . . → Read More: Large Physicians Group Calls for More Health Care Reforms; Condemns Budget Impasse in Washington

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Would Medicare-For-All be the Answer for our Health Care System?

In an editorial published by the Huffington Post on January 24, 2013, John Geyman, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, makes a case that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) only goes . . . → Read More: Would Medicare-For-All be the Answer for our Health Care System?

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Avoid Unnecessary Medical Tests That Involve Exposure to Radiation

Originally published January 6, 2011; Updated November 28, 2012 A  study funded by the National Institute of Aging and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that 66% of Americans underwent medical testing involving exposure to radiation . . . → Read More: Avoid Unnecessary Medical Tests That Involve Exposure to Radiation

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US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

In a health policy paper published on October 11, 2012 in The Lancet medical journal, US and UK experts on healthcare policy who co-authored the article conclude that, even though the US and UK healthcare systems are often thought . . . → Read More: US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

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Ryan-Romney Budget Proposals Would End Medicare as We Know It & Cut or Eliminate Programs for Poor, Elderly & Vulnerable

By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has taken action that backs up and gives teeth to his previous endorsements of the Ryan Budget Plan and his promise to sign it . . . → Read More: Ryan-Romney Budget Proposals Would End Medicare as We Know It & Cut or Eliminate Programs for Poor, Elderly & Vulnerable

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2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

The Palm Beach County Medical Society announced that it will hold its sixth annual Future of Medicine Summit on September 27-28, 2012. A number of notable national and regional health care experts will speak at the Summit, which will . . . → Read More: 2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

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American College of Physicians Urges Politicians to Stop Unwise Health Care Cuts, Provides Alternative Proposals

The American College of Physicians (ACP), a nationwide nonprofit organization of doctors of internal medicine, issued a comprehensive report, entitled “The State of the Nation’s Health Care 2012: How Bad Budget Choices and Broken Politics Are Undermining Progress in . . . → Read More: American College of Physicians Urges Politicians to Stop Unwise Health Care Cuts, Provides Alternative Proposals

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Norway Ranks as Best Country to be a Mom; U.S. 25th in the World, New Report Finds

The Save the Children foundation has published its 13th annual “State of the World’s Mothers Report,” which compares and ranks 165 countries around the world in terms of the Best and Worst Places to Be a Mom. This year’s . . . → Read More: Norway Ranks as Best Country to be a Mom; U.S. 25th in the World, New Report Finds

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New HBO Documentary, The Weight of The Nation, Explores Causes, Costs of Obesity

A new HBO documentary, The Weight of The Nation, produced by John Hoffman in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), explores the costs and causes of the well-publicized obesity epidemic that is plaguing America and its health . . . → Read More: New HBO Documentary, The Weight of The Nation, Explores Causes, Costs of Obesity

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New Reports Document High Costs of Obesity in America

Several new studies and reports have been published recently documenting the high costs of obesity to America and Americans. According to these new research findings, obesity adds $190 Billion per year to health care costs, which is over 20% . . . → Read More: New Reports Document High Costs of Obesity in America

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New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

In Supreme Court arguments last week and in the press, the debate over the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), which some call “Obamacare,” has centered around legal arguments whether the individual insurance mandate in the . . . → Read More: New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

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New Comic Book by MIT Economist Explains Health Reform Law

MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber, who advised the Obama Administration on health care reform and was an architect of Governor Romney’s health care reform in Massachusetts, has written a new 152-page comic book that explains and combats some common misconceptions . . . → Read More: New Comic Book by MIT Economist Explains Health Reform Law

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Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

The 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings® report was released on December 5, 2011, grading and ranking the 50 U.S. states in terms of the level of their overall health and health care, determined by 23 objective measurements. The annual . . . → Read More: Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

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NFCA Calls for Family Caregivers to Help Support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under the Affordable Care Act

In its Fall, 2011 newsletter, Take Care!, the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), a non-profit association working to support family caregivers, has published a thoughtful editorial entitled: “Family Caregivers and the Affordable Care Act: Where the Action Is.” In . . . → Read More: NFCA Calls for Family Caregivers to Help Support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under the Affordable Care Act

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What Issues Will the Supreme Court Decide on the Health Care Law?

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order agreeing to review and decide four specific issues in the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, that . . . → Read More: What Issues Will the Supreme Court Decide on the Health Care Law?

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In Your Opinion, Should the Supreme Court Strike Down the Health Care Law?

Please take this short, Yes or No, survey. In your opinion, Should the Supreme Court strike down the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (the Health Reform Law of 2010)? Yes or No? Click here to take survey We . . . → Read More: In Your Opinion, Should the Supreme Court Strike Down the Health Care Law?

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Supreme Court Grants Review of Health Care Law - Decision Expected by Summer 2012

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order agreeing to review and decide the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, that was passed by Congress . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Grants Review of Health Care Law – Decision Expected by Summer 2012

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In Debate 3 GOP Presidential Candidates Say They Would End Medicare / Medicaid or Shift It to States or Vouchers

The Republican Presidential candidates participated in a nationally televised debate on November 12, 2011, hosted by CBS News and held at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While the subject of this debate was foreign policy and national security, . . . → Read More: In Debate 3 GOP Presidential Candidates Say They Would End Medicare / Medicaid or Shift It to States or Vouchers

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Is Money in Politics Harmful to Health & the Real Enemy of Meaningful Health Care Reform?

Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School has written a seminal new book entitled, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It, recently published by Hachette Book Group. In it he argues that the root of . . . → Read More: Is Money in Politics Harmful to Health & the Real Enemy of Meaningful Health Care Reform?

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Future of Medicine Summit V, Oct 27-29, Sponsored by Palm Beach County Medical Society

The Fifth annual Future of Medicine Summit, sponsored by the Palm Beach County Medical Society, will take place on October 27-29, 2011, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Here is information about the . . . → Read More: Future of Medicine Summit V, Oct 27-29, Sponsored by Palm Beach County Medical Society

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Too Many Confusing Choices in Medicare Advantage Plans Lead to Poor Plan Decisions by Seniors, Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Harvard Medical School has found that “Medicare Advantage” plans marketed by private insurance companies that offer too many options confuse seniors and lead to poor choices, especially among those who are cognitively impaired. . . . → Read More: Too Many Confusing Choices in Medicare Advantage Plans Lead to Poor Plan Decisions by Seniors, Study Finds

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How Do People Lose Weight & What Can Be Done About the Obesity Epidemic?

In this second in a two-part series, HelpingYouCare™ reports on two new scientific papers published in The Lancet medical journal, which focus on solving the global obesity epidemic. One of these new studies clarifies our understanding of how people . . . → Read More: How Do People Lose Weight & What Can Be Done About the Obesity Epidemic?

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S&P Downgrade of US Credit Rating Cites Political Brinksmanship, Looming Deficit from Rising Health Care Costs

actual S&P Research Update of August 5, 2011, downgrading the U.S. credit rating, was published by S&P on their website. It is entitled, “United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To ‘AA+’ On Political Risks And Rising Debt Burden; . . . → Read More: S&P Downgrade of US Credit Rating Cites Political Brinksmanship, Looming Deficit from Rising Health Care Costs

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How to Fix Medicare & Medicaid? 6 Hospital CEO's Weigh In

Here is food for thought: six CEO’s of Hospitals around the country have given their responses to the question: “How Would You Fix Medicare and Medicaid? These responses highlight issues that are not commonly covered in the public debate . . . → Read More: How to Fix Medicare & Medicaid? 6 Hospital CEO’s Weigh In

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Follow-Up Programs Help Prevent Hospital Readmission, But Hospitals Have Financial Incentive Not to Implement Them

Two new studies published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine give hope that readmission to hospitals within 30 days after discharge can be reduced significantly by programs that include coaching of the patient at the time of discharge, . . . → Read More: Follow-Up Programs Help Prevent Hospital Readmission, But Hospitals Have Financial Incentive Not to Implement Them

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States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs

Several reports recently have noted that across the nation, U.S. states are slashing Medicaid dollars for home health care services and adult day care services that help keep the elderly and disabled out of nursing homes. State lawmakers cite . . . → Read More: States Slash Home Health Care & Adult Day Care Services for the Neediest; Likely to Increase Costs

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Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

A study by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the 50 U.S. States as to the quality of their health care in 2009. [See Image At Left] Recently, U.S. States have signaled increasingly divergent approaches to health care, moving in opposite . . . → Read More: Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

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City Emergency Rooms Closing - Linked to Profit Motive - While ER Use Increases

A significant new study reported in the May 18, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that a net 27% of Hospital Emergency Rooms in U.S. cities closed between 1990 and 2009, and those . . . → Read More: City Emergency Rooms Closing – Linked to Profit Motive – While ER Use Increases

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Health Insurers Report Record Profits, Yet Raise Premiums, While People Postpone Care

Kaiser Health News, which provides a summary of health policy coverage from more than 300 news organizations, is reporting from several sources that health insurance companies have realized record profits for the third year in a row, enhanced even . . . → Read More: Health Insurers Report Record Profits, Yet Raise Premiums, While People Postpone Care

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Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% "Off Label" in Nursing Homes

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released an investigation report on May 4, 2011, finding that among elderly Medicare patients in nursing homes, dangerous antipsychotic drugs are being given predominantly . . . → Read More: Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

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Alarming Trend: Medical Errors Have Increased in the U.S.

A new editorial in The Lancet medical journal cites staggering statistics that medical errors now occur in as many one-third of all U.S. hospitalizations. The editors present other attention-getting statistics from several scientific studies establishing that medical errors remain . . . → Read More: Alarming Trend: Medical Errors Have Increased in the U.S.

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Antiobiotic Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance, due to indiscriminate use of existing antibiotics, is an urgent global problem and is the theme for World Health Organization’s World Health Day. Watch Dr. James Hughes, IDSA President See also article on “Worst ever prescription drug . . . → Read More: Antiobiotic Resistance

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Errors in Medical Research – Which “Findings” Should You Trust?

Does garlic lower bad cholestrol? Does hormone replacement reduce the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women? Does eating a big breakfast cut your total daily calories? Do statins help people with no history of heart disease? Is it . . . → Read More: Errors in Medical Research – Which “Findings” Should You Trust?

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The Individual Mandate & Health Care Reform

The future survival of the health-care law may rest with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  For the how and why of health-care reform, a clear account of the bi-partisan history of the individual mandate, and a discussion of where . . . → Read More: The Individual Mandate & Health Care Reform

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The problem is not Medicare & Medicaid spending, but excessive health care costs: Ezra Klein

Here is a thoughtful editorial by Ezra Klein for the Washington Post. Everyone knows that the largest parts of our federal government’s spending include Medicare and Medicaid. But, he makes the case that the root of our federal budget . . . → Read More: The problem is not Medicare & Medicaid spending, but excessive health care costs: Ezra Klein

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Radiation Risks from CT Scans

Enlightening Video: Radiation exposure from CT Scans can vary up to six fold between different CT Scan providers. Up to now CT Scan radiation has not been regulated. Watch video . . . → Read More: Radiation Risks from CT Scans

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Wanted: A National Respite System - NYTimes.com

Over 28 million people in the United States provide care for someone age 75 or older.  A 2009 study by the National Alliance for Caregiving/AARP found that 88% of family caregivers never get a break from this full-time job. . . . → Read More: Wanted: A National Respite System – NYTimes.com

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79 Million Americans Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

By Amanda Gardner, HealthDay Reporter Washingtonpost.com Do we need a new administration to make universal and affordable health insurance available? According to a new study from The Commonwealth Fund, Losing Ground: How the Loss of Adequate Health Insurance Is . . . → Read More: 79 Million Americans Struggle to Pay Medical Bills

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Paying Doctors to Ignore Patients

By Peter B. Bach The New York Times The author, who is a doctor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and was a senior adviser to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from 2005 to 2006, . . . → Read More: Paying Doctors to Ignore Patients

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The New Landscape – Preparing to Care for an Aging Population

Our health care system clearly lacks sufficient geriatric doctors and nurses as our population ages. With the anticipated explosive growth in the numbers of high-risk elderly patients coming as the Baby Boomers age, and under pressure from Medicare, hospitals, doctors . . . → Read More: The New Landscape – Preparing to Care for an Aging Population

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