Tag: "medical"

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The History of Health Insurance in America – Facts / Timeline

The History of Health Insurance in America – Facts / Timeline

How did America end up with this health care system? Pennsylvania in the late 1800s and early 1900s was an unsafe place to work, with a quarter-million recorded industrial calamities a year. So dangerous were the trades, and so gruesome were the accidents, that the chronicling of injuries suffered by workers became its own muckraking […]

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Status of Medical Marijuana and Legalization Initiatives

Status of Medical Marijuana and Legalization Initiatives

Legal pot faces myriad obstacles Delays raise tensions over medical use, sales, availability, more Drive down virtually any thoroughfare in Seattle and you are likely to pass several medical marijuana dispensaries. On Rainier Avenue, in southeast Seattle, the Northwest Cannabis Market sits between a fish store and an Italian bakery. A mile or so down […]

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Aging Population + ObamaCare = HealthCare Staffing Emergency

Aging Population + ObamaCare = HealthCare Staffing Emergency

Healthcare Staff Shortages? Here’s what hospital and healthcare system managers think is happening Healthcare workforce researchers and analysts have been arguing for the past couple of years over whether a dire physician shortage will materialize as predicted. Similarly, some are expecting a severe nursing shortage, but others insist the shortage may not turn out to […]

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Health Insurance doesn’t equal access to Health Care – U.S. Physician Shortage

Health Insurance doesn’t equal access to Health Care – U.S. Physician Shortage

Physician Shortage Is Estimated to Be Over 130,000 By 2015 AAPI To Advocate For More Residency Slots During Legislative Day on Capitol Hill With the beginning of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance coverage is expected to expand to an additional 34 million people in the United States. The Association of […]

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HIPAA gives right to medical results directly from labs

HIPAA gives right to medical results directly from labs

HHS Rules Labs Must Give Patients Results New ruling means patients can obtain results directly from labs The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a final rule that gives patients the right to obtain their medical test results directly from labs. This final rule was issued jointly by the CMS, CDC, and OCR. […]

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Medical Debt Collection to Increase because of the ACA?

Medical Debt Collection to Increase because of the ACA?

Medical debt will persist despite law’s protections Millions of Americans will get health insurance through the Affordable Care Act that will protect them from potentially ruinous medical expenses, but a new USA TODAY analysis shows the health plans they can choose still leave them vulnerable to thousands in deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs each year. […]

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IRS causes HIPAA breach?

IRS causes HIPAA breach?

House demands explanation of IRS HIPAA policies after raid The IRS is being audited, in a sense, by a Congressional subcommittee. A House committee has called for an investigation of the Internal Revenue Service’s policies, procedures and accountabilities under HIPAA in response to an allegation that the agency unlawfully seized more than 60 million personal […]

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Health Training Requires Immersion - 4/4/13

Health Training Requires Immersion – 4/4/13

Shorter Shifts for Medical Interns May Not Boost Patient Safety Doctors in training don’t get more sleep despite change, study found Cutting the number of hours that U.S. medical interns work in a single stretch may not improve patient care as had been hoped. Instead, the measure decreases interns’ overall training time and may also […]

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Humility, not Hubris, Best Rule for War

Humility, not Hubris, Best Rule for War – 3/28/13

Lesson of Iraq war 10 years later? Humility The lessons of Iraq, 10 years on, are manifold and painful. But looking back on the debacle, there is one thing this nation should have learned above all: humility. It’s hard to imagine a more spectacular failure in judgment by our leaders a decade ago — or […]

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ObamaCare Reduces Productivity

ObamaCare Reduces Productivity – 3/28/13

ObamaCare = less accountability, reduced care A recent op-ed in The Wall Street Journal warns that ObamaCare will bring an end to doctor-owned, private medical practice. The opinion writer, who is a practicing physician, also reports he found the application for health insurance under ObamaCare to be so complicated that even he couldn’t fill out […]

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Careful of What You Eat - Six Recalls Per Day - 2/14/13

Careful of What You Eat – Six Recalls Per Day – 2/14/13

Food Recalls Hit Two-Year High in Fourth Quarter of 2012, According to Latest ExpertRECALL Index   Food recalls documented by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement reports during the fourth quarter of 2012 reached a two year quarterly high, according to the ExpertRECALL™ Indexreleased today. This activity represents an average rate of approximately six […]

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educated hospital patient

An educated consumer is the best hospital patient – 10/14/12

An educated consumer is the best hospital patient Last August, Consumer Reports magazine created quite a stir. That CR issue revealed its assessment of hospital safety across the nation. It included a safety report that ranked patient safety at a sampling of New York State hospitals. CR’s low safety rating of some local and area […]