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For Your Health: Lucques Group Latest to Add 3% Health Care Surcharge

Lucques, LA. Yet another restaurant group is hopping on the health care surcharge bandwagon: Caroline Styne and Suzanne Goin of Los Angeles's Lucques Group announced yesterday that they'll join the growing group of restaurateurs that add-on an additional percentage...

Discharged patients return to the ER because 'better safe than sorry'

WASHINGTON – Patients who return to the emergency department within a few days of discharge do so principally because they are anxious about their symptoms and have lost trust in other parts of the health care system, according to the...Show More Summary

Hospital Teams With Bank To Offer Interest-Free Loans So Patients Can Pay Their Bills

Health care, especially of the emergency kind, has been known to leave consumers with hefty bills and few options expect to go into debt. But now some health systems are finding ways to give their patients relief when it comes to credit-destroying medical bills. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that health care systems are ditching their in-house payment plans … [More]

Remembering LGBT Health Advocate Andrew Cray

The Center for American Progress mourns the loss of Andrew Cray, a passionate advocate for LGBT health care. The post Remembering LGBT Health Advocate Andrew Cray appeared first on ThinkProgress.

At Our Doorstep: Health Care as a Human Right for Latin American Children

In 2014, as many as 90,000 children from Central America are expected to attempt to cross the border into the US – more than double from last year. Many are without their families, without prospects or plans for the future. They have only hope. This sharp increase in migration (primarily from Honduras, Guatemala, and El [...]

States to help foot insurer tax bill for Affordable Care Act

Insurance companies are getting help from states to pay an $8 billion Affordable Care Act tax. Photo by Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers...Show More Summary

Let's Actually Have That Honest Conversation About Fixing Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act has already helped millions of Americans gain health insurance -- a big step forward. The debate over the ACA has been one of the most contentious we've ever seen. Fortunately, efforts to repeal it have been thwarted. Show More Summary

Can Health Care Success Be Health Care Disaster?

How can success be disaster, even in health care? As the Michael W. Smith song says, "Let me show you the way." Remember that health care one word means a system, one that currently accounts for 20 percent of U.S. national spending.Show More Summary

Our Return to an Empty Nest

My wife Courtney and I returned to Malibu today. after helping our daughter Jayne get settled in her apartment in Madison, Wisconsin over the weekend before she starts her job tomorrow at Epic Systems, a health care software company. Jayne graduated from college three months ago and spent one last...

Top Ten Insights for Digital Health Innovators from the Next Generation Point of Care Diagnostics Conference

Cambridge HealthTech Institute (CHI) invited me to attend their Next Generation Point of Care Diagnostics Conference and I came away thoroughly impressed with the content, speakers, and organization. Since I chair several conferences a year I know how hard it is to pull off a good one so I’d like to thank CHI for a […]

The New Health Care: What Happens When Health Plans Compete

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As more insurance companies enter a market, premiums tend to go down — but more in some places than in others.

Dissent and cynicism: Learning from listening to doctors

An excerpt from The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can, and Must, Lead the Way to Better Health Care.  I just listened. They were very unhappy and angry. I was elected executive medical director in November 1998 but would not assume the leadership role until January 2000. This was fortunate. I knew that I needed time to […]

Medicare and Medicaid Could Increase Competition

Austin Frakt had an interesting piece in the Upshot section of the NYT reporting research finding that show substantial reduction in health care premiums when there is more competition in the market. The implication is that prices could...Show More Summary

The health care turf battles: It’s time to work together

MedPage Today recently tackled a very controversial issue in medical practice.  The piece explored the ongoing battle between dermatologists and allied health professionals (AHPs) over the performance of dermatologic procedures.  AsShow More Summary

Health Care Savings Will More Than Cover the Cost of Reducing Emissions

A cost-benefit study conducted by a team of MIT researchers and published in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at three different climate intervention scenarios, taking into account the health care cost savings. What they saw was that in one scenario, the health care cost savings achieved were actually ten times greater than the cost of implementing the scenario.

Paul Krugman: The Medicare Miracle

Good news on health care costs: The Medicare Miracle, By Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: So, what do you think about those Medicare numbers? What, you haven’t heard about them? Well, they haven’t been front-page news. But something remarkable has...

How Big Data Could Help Prevent the Next Ferguson

Watson is getting its data-analyzing hands into everything. From health care to food science, IBM's "cognitive supercomputer" — who won Jeopardy more than three years ago — is taking on the intellectual heavy lift of sifting throughShow More Summary

The Most Uncommon Cosplay At Fan Expo Canada - Four for you, unqiue cosplayer; you go, unique cosplayer.

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Everyone knows us Canadians tend to be a little wacky, what with our metric system, and Tim Hortons, and health care. But wacky isn't always a bad thing - especially not when it comes to cosplay! Fan Expo is always great for crazy costumes,...Show More Summary

Florida GOP’s Obamacare Alternative Has Signed Up 30 Whole People

The Republican-led government in Florida allocated $900,000 to help the state’s residents find affordable health care through a state-backed website which was somewhat of an alternative to Obamacare.  They steadfastly refused to expand Medicaid or work with the federal government to offer subsidized insurance plans. Talking Points Memo reported: But since the launch of the [...]

Ben Carson on How He Will Overcome Lack of Political Experience If He Runs for President

Ever since Ben Carson famously criticized President Barack Obama's health care policies during a speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, many conservatives have rallied behind the retired neurosurgeon's conservative, anti-big government rhetorics and urged him to run for president in 2016. Show More Summary

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