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  • How much does the 'average' Canadian pay in a year for public health care?

    03/19/2018 1:02:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Post ^ | Richard Warnica
    Health care is perhaps Canada’s defining obsession. As a nation, we crow about it and complain about it. We deify Tommy Douglas, rage about wait times, fret over private clinics and fight campaigns on minute points of privatization. But for all the endless studies, Royal Commissions and political bloviating, it can be hard to know how much Canadians actually pay for health care, not as a nation, but as individuals. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) believes Canada spent approximately $228 billion on health care in 2016. That’s 11.1 per cent of Canada’s entire GDP and $6,299 for every...
  • How Medicaid Expansion Can Pay For Itself

    03/19/2018 10:24:28 AM PDT · by spintreebob · 24 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3-18-18 | Bruce Japsen
    As more states consider expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, along comes another independent study showing increased government insurance for low-income Americans pays for itself. Take the state of Montana, which expanded Medicaid in 2016 to more than 90,000 people. A study out this month from the University of Montana’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research shows the expansion of Medicaid generates a half-trillion dollars a year in healthcare spending. Of that, 70%, or $350 million to $400 million, is “new money circulating in Montana’s economy.” Beginning this year, states gradually began to pick up some costs, but the...
  • HHS Chief Wants to Lighten Data Collection Burdens

    03/09/2018 5:31:07 AM PST · by spintreebob · 11 replies
    MedPage Today ^ | 3-8-2018 | Joyce Frieden
    In an ideal world, providers would be able to spend less time collecting quality data and more time actually improving the quality of care, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar said here Thursday. "We need to ensure that in the quest for information on quality, we don't have providers, payers or others spend so much time accumulating data to improve reporting that they're not actually improving quality," Azar said during a press briefing with reporters at HHS headquarters. "Let's make sure it's the information that really matters; let's have the minimal necessary reporting burden to get the job...
  • The Multi-Billion Dollar Solution – Repeal Safe Harbor

    03/03/2018 3:11:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | March 3, 2018 | Andrew Mangione
    President Trump made it very clear in his State of the Union Address that he wanted to address the high cost of health care, including out-of-control drug prices.  Well, what if the simple repeal of a law would generate both tens of billions of dollars in savings for the hospital supply chain (which includes the Medicare and Medicaid programs) while promoting free-market competition for the drug and medical supply marketplace at the same time? Does such an opportunity truly exist? It does, and it starts and ends with repealing the Medicare Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor Statute, which would level the hospital supply...
  • Man Stuck in Mexico Hospital Because no Beds Are Available in London, Ont., Hometown

    02/28/2018 12:28:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | February 28, 2018
    '(Being) here is a nightmare and we feel so alone we can’t believe nobody can do anything for us'Stuart Cline, 71, in Mexico before he collapsed last week. One week after he collapsed in Mexico, Stuart Cline of London is fading fast, his family says — stranded in a foreign hospital because there are no available staffed beds in his hometown. The 71-year-old survived an initial fall that burst blood vessels in his brain. Mexican doctors even stabilized him enough to withstand an airplane flight Saturday back to Canada. But four days later, Cline is still in Mexico and his...
  • A Cancer Survivor Was Fined $2,260 for Driving Patients to and From Hospital Appointments

    02/28/2018 12:17:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | February 27, 2018
    Her work is so appreciated by medical staff that many consider her a critical volunteerA London woman who survived breast cancer isn’t faring so well against city bylaw officers who fined her $2,260 for providing a service to patients that medical staff say is invaluable. For more than three years, the woman has been a regular at an outpatient clinic at St. Joseph’s Hospital, providing rides to and from the clinic to patients who aren’t allowed to drive after being sedated for procedures such as endoscopies and colonoscopies. She refused tips, at first charged only $10 round trip, an amount...
  • Obamacare insurance premiums to rise 18 percent next year, analysis finds

    02/27/2018 7:08:48 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | February 26, 2018 | Catherine Ho
    Health insurance premiums in California are expected to rise nearly 18 percent in 2019 as a result of federal policy changes enacted by Congress and the Trump administration, according to an analysis released Monday by the Urban Institute left-leaning think tank.
  • Treasury Dept.: The real deficit is twice as big – and getting worse

    02/23/2018 10:03:09 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 23 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Feb 23, 2018 | Daniel Horowitz
    The largest financial institution in the world – the U.S. government – issued its financial statement just a few days ago, and nobody in Washington seems to care that the deficit is almost twice as large as they once thought. snip In substance-free Washington, the release of the annual financial statements of the U.S. government isn’t a big deal, but it should be. The statements demonstrate that we have gone backward, not forward, with Republicans in charge of all branches of government. According to the annual financial report of the U.S. government published by the Treasury Department, the real deficit...
  • Trump slimes John McCain over health care vote

    02/23/2018 9:14:23 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 64 replies
    President Trump took a thinly veiled swipe at cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain Friday during a speech at an annual gathering of conservatives — without mentioning him by name. Trump, touting his tax reform bill that also killed the ObamaCare individual mandate that required people to buy health insurance, lamented the Affordable Health Care Act would have been repealed in its entirety if the 81-year-old Arizona Republican had not voted against repeal. “We’re having tremendous plans coming out now, health care plans, at a fraction of the cost that are much better than ObamaCare. And except for one senator, who came...
  • Two More Blatant Health Scams: Where Are Indictments?

    02/23/2018 5:20:13 AM PST · by Wolfie · 9 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | Feb. 22, 2018 | Karl Denninger
    Two More Blatant Health Scams: Where Are Indictments? How blatant do you need to be in stealing billions before someone goes to prison? Let's start with this one: A Texas woman took a urine drug test after back surgery and was hit with a $17,850 lab bill, according to a Kaiser Health News report. This was for a set of tests that her health insurer says are worth $100.92 -- but since she was out-of-network she was billed 176 times as much. Did someone do 176 times as much work? Did they do any additional work? Was she told about...
  • Obamacare, ACA, healthcare, medicaid

    02/22/2018 8:54:06 AM PST · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    Kaiser Health News ^ | 2-22-2018 | Chad Terhune
    Norma Diaz and her husband, Joseph Garcia, have dedicated their careers to running a nonprofit health insurer that covers some of California’s neediest residents. For three decades, they have worked for a Medicaid managed-care plan, Community Health Group, serving nearly 300,000 poor and disabled patients in San Diego County under a state contract funded entirely by taxpayers. They’ve earned above-average ratings for patient care. And in the process, they’ve made millions of dollars. Together, Diaz and Garcia made $1.1 million in 2016 and received more than $5 million since 2012. Diaz’s compensation as CEO exceeded the pay of several peers...
  • Physicians decry consequences of consolidation

    02/21/2018 12:51:22 PM PST · by spintreebob · 9 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 2-20-2018 | Alex Kacik
    Consolidation throughout the healthcare industry is increasing costs and driving more care through hospitals, the Physicians Advocacy Institute warned in a letter to Congress. Healthcare organizations have been joining forces to try to get ahead of the industry's shifting landscape. The number of physicians employed by hospitals and health systems grew by nearly 50% from 2012 to 2015, with a corresponding decline in the number of independently practicing physicians, according to the letter—supported with research from consultancy Avalere Health—sent to the House Energy & Commerce Committee's oversight and investigations subcommittee. The decline of the independent medical practice and lack of...
  • EHRs do not lower administrative billing costs, study finds

    02/21/2018 12:43:37 PM PST · by spintreebob · 19 replies
    Modern Healthcare ^ | 2-20-2018 | Rachel Z. Arndt
    Electronic health records were supposed to lower administrative costs, but they may not be getting the job done, according to a new study published this week in JAMA. Administrative costs made up as much as a quarter of professional revenue for some patient encounters, according to the study, which focused on a single academic medical center. Researchers attribute much of the high cost to varying contracts between the hospital and health plans and payer as well as varying price schedules. "After investing more than $30 billion in health IT, we haven't improved the administrative efficiency," said Dr. Kevin Schulman, one...
  • The Not-So-Precious Truth About the ‘Precious’ NHS (Britain Can't Admit Healthcare System Failure)

    02/16/2018 8:27:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/16/2018 | Bruce Bawer
    When British Prime Minister Theresa May gave her traditional New Year's speech on December 31, one line -- actually, just one word -- jumped out at me. May spoke of the importance of “taking a balanced approach to government spending, so we get our debt falling but can also invest in the things that matter -- our schools, our police and our precious NHS.” Yes, “precious.” She actually described the National Health Service as precious! Now, one might easily forgive her for describing, say, Britain's finest doctors and nurses as -- oh, I don't know -- how about “treasured”? Or...
  • Kentucky hopes website will track Medicaid work requirements

    02/12/2018 12:04:17 PM PST · by spintreebob · 3 replies
    AP-Associated Press via ABC ^ | 2-9-2018 | ADAM BEAM
    Kentucky became the first state with a work requirement for Medicaid, and now it has to do something arguably more daring: Build a mobile-friendly website that works. The state will require people who get taxpayer-funded health insurance to work or volunteer. It's the kind of government program that often draws disdain from small-government Republicans, but GOP Gov. Matt Bevin has embraced it as "a more efficient use of resources." Government-run websites are notorious for glitches. Kentucky had problems in 2016 when "Benefind" — meant to consolidate all assistance programs — caused chaos. Kentucky officials say this time will be different....
  • OxyContin maker says it will stop promoting drug to doctors amid opioid epidemic

    02/11/2018 3:37:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 73 replies
    CBS News ^ | Feb 11, 2018
    The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin said it will stop marketing opioid drugs to doctors, bowing to a key demand of lawsuits that blame the company for helping trigger the current drug abuse epidemic. Purdue's statement said it eliminated more than half its sales staff this week and will no longer send sales representatives to doctors' offices to discuss opioid drugs. Its remaining sales staff of about 200 will focus on other medications. The company announced its surprise reversal on Saturday. OxyContin has long been the world's top-selling opioid painkiller, bringing in billions in sales for privately-held Purdue, which...
  • North Texas teacher dies after getting the flu

    02/10/2018 4:50:57 PM PST · by Ennis85 · 256 replies
    Chron ^ | February 6th 2018 | William Axford
    Heather Holland, a second-grade teacher at Ikard Elementary School with the Weatherford Independent School District died over the weekend, the Weatherford Democrat reports. Holland got sick about a week ago and took medication, but delayed picking up the prescription due to the $116 copay, according to the newspaper. By Friday night, Holland's condition worsened and she was taken to the hospital. Her husband Frank Holland told the Weatherford Democrat that she died Sunday morning. "She loved helping people, helping the kids, and the kids loved her," Holland's husband told the Weatherford Democrat. Charlotte LaGrone, a spokeswoman for Weatherford ISD, told...
  • Single Payer is Doomed Before It Starts

    02/09/2018 10:31:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/09/2018 | Ted Noel, MD
    Donald Trump tweeted that Britain's National Health Service is "broke and not working." All too true: expenses have forced 40% of walk-in health centers to close, all elective surgery in January to be cancelled, and primary care has been decimated, it's not surprising that problems have surfaced. It is just as predictable that the usual call for "more money" echoes around the UK. All this is the result of economic laws that have been completely ignored since the days of Aneurin Bevan, the father of the UK NHS. The first is the Law of Rationing. In short, "Everything is...
  • ACAs EHRs: 16 Pages and No Info to Help Physicians

    02/09/2018 5:39:27 AM PST · by spintreebob · 34 replies
    Medpage ^ | 2-8-2018 | Niran S. Al-Agba, MD
    My pediatric practice is one that harkens back to days long ago when physicians knew their patients and pertinent medical histories by heart. My 81-year-old father and I were in practice together for the past 16 years; he still used the very sophisticated "hunt and peck" to compose emails. The task of transitioning to an electronic record system seemed insurmountable, so we remain on paper. Our medical record system has not changed in almost five decades. I would not have it any other way. This past spring, he walked into my office shaking his head in disbelief after thumbing through...
  • Donald Trump attacks the UK's health service, and Britain hits back

    02/05/2018 11:59:26 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies ^ | February 6, 2018 | James Masters
    Donald Trump's habit of testing the US relationship with Britain took a new turn Monday when he attacked the UK's National Health Service, claiming it is "going broke and not working." The US President hit out on Twitter minutes after a segment aired on Fox News that highlighted winter strains on the UK health care system. Trump accused Democrats of pushing a similar universal health care system for the US." The Democrats are pushing for Universal HealthCare while thousands of people are marching in the UK because their U system is going broke and not working. Dems want to greatly...