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Advocacy: Proposals for Reform and Your Comments

Proposals for Reform of Our Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems. Please add your comments and suggestions below.

Advocacy: Proposals for Reform of Our Health Care and Long-Term Care Systems

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

March 13, 2013 Posted by Editor

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

March 11, 2013 Posted by Editor

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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Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

February 4, 2013 Posted by Editor

The February, 2013 issue of the journal HealthAffairs features several studies addressing how more active engagement of patients in their own health and health care can affect health care outcomes and costs of care. “Studies show that more informed . . . → Read More: Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

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

January 27, 2013 Posted by Editor

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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New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments – Their Benefits, Harms & Costs – Launched by American College of Physicians

January 17, 2013 Posted by Editor

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest specialist physicians organization in the U.S., announced on January 16 that it has launched a new “High Value Care website” “to help physicians and other health care professionals, medical students, and . . . → Read More: New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments – Their Benefits, Harms & Costs – Launched by American College of Physicians

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Nominations Open for 2013 Nursing Distinction Awards – Palm Healthcare Foundation

December 19, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. has announced that nominations are now open for the 2013 Nursing Distinction Awards, sponsored by the Foundation and the Palm Beach Post. According to the Foundation, “The Palm Healthcare Foundation Nursing Distinction Awards is . . . → Read More: Nominations Open for 2013 Nursing Distinction Awards – Palm Healthcare Foundation

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

October 19, 2012 Posted by Editor

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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In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

October 5, 2012 Posted by Editor

So far, much of the punditry and commentary following the first U.S. Presidential Debate, which took place Wednesday, October 3 in Denver, has focused on the style, optics, and mannerisms of the candidates — not on the substance of . . . → Read More: In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

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

August 16, 2012 Posted by Editor

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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People on Medicare Report Significantly Better Coverage than Those with Private Health Insurance, Study Finds

August 13, 2012 Posted by Editor

A recent study published in the journal HealthAffairs found that people on Medicare were substantially happier with their coverage and reported significantly fewer cost and access-related problems than those with private employer-sponsored health insurance or “Medicare Advantage” plans offered . . . → Read More: People on Medicare Report Significantly Better Coverage than Those with Private Health Insurance, Study Finds

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

June 23, 2012 Posted by Editor

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

May 31, 2012 Posted by Editor

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

May 20, 2012 Posted by Editor

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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President Obama Delivers a Message of Hope & Inspiration to Women as Commencement Speaker at Barnard College

May 15, 2012 Posted by Editor

President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Barnard College, the women’s college affiliated with Columbia University, on Monday, May 14. His address focused on issues of particular importance to women, and he then challenged the women to “stand . . . → Read More: President Obama Delivers a Message of Hope & Inspiration to Women as Commencement Speaker at Barnard College

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

May 4, 2012 Posted by Editor

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

May 1, 2012 Posted by Editor

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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The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed

April 12, 2012 Posted by Editor

The World Health Organization (WHO) on April 11 issued a substantial new report showing that, with populations aging, cases of dementia are expected to more than triple worldwide by 2050. The report calls upon nations to address this pandemic-size . . . → Read More: The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed

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Coordinated Care

February 25, 2012 Posted by Senior Editor

The Care Connectivity Consortium believes finding a national solution to coordinated care is absolutely essential to health care in America. Watch Dr. Dawn Milliner, Chief Medical Information Officer, Mayo Clinic » . . . → Read More: Coordinated Care

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National Home Care & Hospice March on Washington & Law Symposium, March 25-28, 2012

February 24, 2012 Posted by Editor

website. “Connect with your members of Congress and make them understand your patients’ needs. Tell them how home care can cut costs and right a health care system that’s run off the tracks. A train wreck will occur if . . . → Read More: National Home Care & Hospice March on Washington & Law Symposium, March 25-28, 2012

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High Deductible Health Insurance Plans Linked to Delayed or Foregone Care

January 29, 2012 Posted by Editor

A new study by a team of Harvard researchers published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine has found that families and individuals enrolled in high-deductible health insurance plans report delaying or foregoing health care for chronic conditions at . . . → Read More: High Deductible Health Insurance Plans Linked to Delayed or Foregone Care

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HHS Announces Healthcare Professionals to Participate in New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Healthcare

January 10, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued the following press release: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Room 352-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Office of Media . . . → Read More: HHS Announces Healthcare Professionals to Participate in New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Healthcare

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

November 25, 2011 Posted by Editor

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

November 15, 2011 Posted by Editor

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

October 15, 2011 Posted by Editor

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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