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  • IRS Goes After Nonprofit Hospitals On Asking Customers To Pay Bills

    12/30/2014 12:27:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 29, 2014 | Sarah Hurtubise
    The Obama administration announced new rules under Obamacare on Monday that target nonprofit hospitals’ efforts to get paid by their patients.Nonprofit hospitals, which serve a charitable purpose and are often religiously affiliated, will now be subject to strict rules on when and how they can collect payments from customers, thanks to regulations included in the health-care law. As a condition of their tax-exempt status, these hospitals must “take an active role in improving the health of the communities they serve,” Treasury Department deputy assistant secretary for tax policy Emily McMahon wrote in a blog post Monday. Under the new IRS...
  • State Department Plans To Bring Foreign Ebola Patients To U.S. (Infected Doctors & Medical Aides)

    10/28/2014 5:44:12 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10-28-2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Stephen DinanThe Washington TimesOctober 28, 2014 The State Department has quietly made plans to bring Ebola-infected doctors and medical aides to the U.S. for treatment, according to an internal department document that argued the only way to get other countries to send medical teams to West Africa is to promise the U.S. will be the worlds medical backstop. Some countries are implicitly or explicitly waiting for medevac assurances before they will agree to send their own medical teams to join U.S. and U.N. aid workers on the ground, the State Department argues in the undated four-page memo, which was reviewed...
  • U.S. Troops in Africa May Come in Contact with Ebola Patients

    10/08/2014 8:08:50 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/07/14
    The general suggested some soldiers would have contact with Ebola patients but later clarified his remarks, saying a small number of highly-trained medical experts would handle blood samples in testing labs but not patients. Asked how long American troops would remain in the region, Rodriguez told reporters: "I'm sure it'll be about a year ... at this point, but that's just a guess."
  • Feds issue rules for burying Ebola patients in the U.S.

    10/08/2014 5:57:51 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/08/14 | Jason Sickles
    Seven patients, including Duncan and Brantly, have been or are currently being treated for Ebola or exposure to the virus at U.S. hospitals. According to federal recommendations, hospital staff should not attempt to clean the deceased or remove any medical lines or tubes. Instead, the body should be wrapped in a plastic shroud and immediately placed in two thick and zippered leakproof bags for transport to the morgue. What this means for family is likely no chance to mourn loved ones at a traditional funeral service.
  • St. Patrick Hospital 1 of 4 sites in U.S. ready for Ebola patients ( Montana )

    09/30/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 30, 2014 | Rob Chaney
    There are four places in the United States set up to handle a patient sickened by the Ebola virus, and Missoula is one of those. .... And any hospital equipped to care for a tuberculosis patient can care for an Ebola patient, according to Dr. George Risi, an infectious disease specialist who recently returned from spending 20 days in a Sierra Leone Ebola ward. Accompanied by St. Patricks intensive care nursing director Kate Hurley, Risi helped local clinic staff care for up to 95 patients at a time. While untreated Ebola kills more than 70 percent of its victims, more...
  • [Watch] Dr Ben Carson A Mistake To Bring Ebola Patients, Virus to US

    08/04/2014 6:16:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    gopthedailydose.com ^ | 8/4/14 | Rick Wells
    Dr. Ben Carson describes Ebola as a terrifying disease. He says that if it is left untreated the fatality rate is 90%; with treatment we can get that down to 50% or better. He says he is a little concerned that we are bringing it back here. We have the ability to treat it in other places. It is transmitted through bodily fluids and can survive for at least several days outside of the host. Why risk an accident that leads to spreading when we can send experts elsewhere? He said we could send a plane or equip a part...
  • Could Medical Robotics Be Used to Handle Ebola Patients?

    08/01/2014 10:25:35 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 55 replies
    Mind of Coporate Stepsister | August 2, 2014 | Coporate Stepsister
    Now, should the medical workers in the Ebola infected countries use robotic technology to handle patients, administer certain drugs, and then do certain functions that could prevent the spread of the disease to the workers in the medical field? I thought this would be a much better way to have patients taken care of and reduce risk drastically in regards to patient to doctor/carer transmission.
  • Try, Try Again: Conn. Lawmakers Again Consider Letting Doctors Assist With Suicide

    03/16/2014 10:42:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2014 | Catherine Glenn Foster
    Last year Connecticut state senator Ed Meyer introduced a bill to create physician-assisted suicide. It failed, but this year he and state representative Elizabeth Ritter are trying again. H.B. 5326 would permit a competent person who is suffering from a terminal illness to request aid in dying through administration of prescribed medication. The bill is an affront to human life generally, but especially to elder or infirm adults and disabled individuals. For Connecticut citizens who respect life, it is unconscionable. The bills proponents say that assisted suicide is the compassionate answer. But an article in The New York Times summarized...
  • US judge rejects Vegas 'patient dumping' lawsuit

    02/14/2014 8:21:31 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 3 replies
    APNews.excite ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | Ken Ritter
    US judge rejects Vegas 'patient dumping' lawsuit Feb 13, 8:57 PM (ET) By KEN RITTER LAS VEGAS (AP) - A federal judge in Nevada rejected a lawsuit Thursday that accuses Nevada officials and the state psychiatric hospital in Las Vegas of violating a patient's civil rights by giving him a bus ticket and sending him to California. But an American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada lawyer representing patient James Flavey Coy Brown characterized the ruling as a setback, not a fatal blow to the case. It seeks class-action status for Brown and as many as 1,500 unnamed people his lawyers...
  • California: Obamacare Turning Cancer Patients Away

    02/05/2014 6:20:04 AM PST · by grundle · 28 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Los Angeles Times reports that once Obamacare customers navigate the confusing websites and pay the (often higher) premiums, they face a new problem: many doctors do not accept Obamacare insurance policies. It tells the story of a cancer patient who was turned away at the oncologist's office, and was only seen by a doctor once state regulators came to her rescue. Her story is not alone: millions will face the same problem. There are two reasons patients will be turned away: one that President Barack Obama hid, and one that he lied about. The first is that there is...
  • New Ruling Means Patients Can Access Their Own Lab Results

    02/04/2014 7:20:32 PM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Medscape ^ | Feb 4, 2014 | Marcia Frellick
    A final ruling issued February 3 by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will give patients direct access to their laboratory results instead of having to get them through a doctor's office. "The right to access personal health information is a cornerstone of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a press release. "Information like lab results can empower patients to track their health progress, make decisions with their health care professionals, and adhere to important treatment plans." Patients or someone a patient designates can still ask for...
  • Too old to be given cancer treatment: NHS is 'writing off' patients who are over 75

    01/25/2014 5:24:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 159 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/23/14 | Jenny Hope
    Pensioners with cancer are being written off as too old to treat, campaigners said yesterday. They cited figures showing survival rates for British patients aged 75 and over are among the worst in Europe. Young lung cancer sufferers are only 10 per cent more likely to die within five years than their continental counterparts. But pensioners with the disease have 44 per cent less chance of survival. The figure for stomach cancer at 45 per cent is even worse.
  • Early days of Obamacare bring trickle, not flood, of patients

    01/05/2014 1:37:40 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/5/14 | Sharon Begley and Lewis Krauskopf
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. medical providers are seeing only a trickle of patients newly insured under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, as insurers, hospitals and doctors try to work out any hitches in coverage. More than 2 million people have signed up for new private health plans that took effect on Wednesday under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. While some of those consumers were already lining up doctor visits last month, early reports from providers and an online medical booking service show the demand for care has been modest so far. Within the Obama administration, officials...
  • Doctor Shocker: Patients Might Have to Pay for Their Own Prescriptions!

    10/01/2013 11:47:01 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 35 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | 10-1-2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    October 01, 2013 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Martin in Cadillac, Michigan, as we start on the phones. I promised we'd go to the phones and we're gonna do it. Hi, Martin. Glad to have you here. CALLER: Thank you for taking my phone call, Rush. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: As I mentioned to the screener, as of October 1st, as part of the Medicaid expansion in the state of Michigan, the Health and Human Services mandate is that any doctor who is not a Medicaid enrolled provider -- if he writes in the labs, x-rays, or prescriptions, Medicaid will not reimburse...
  • Brain scans reveal which 'vegetative' patients are alert, trapped in bodies

    08/14/2013 8:01:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08/14/2013 | Maggie Fox
    A man who had appeared to have been in a vegetative state for 12 years knew his name and knew where he was, Canadian researchers report in a study showing its possible to use MRI brain scans to establish communication with people who seem completely unconscious. Three people tested using a special form of MRI called functional magnetic resonance imaging were able to answer simple yes or no questions, the team at Western University in London, Ontario report. They say their findings dont mean everyone in a coma or a persistent vegetative state is conscious, but it should help doctors...
  • State funding to keep NC group homes open through January (mental patients to get the boot?)

    12/18/2012 4:44:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    WRAL ^ | 12/18/12
    State funding to keep NC group homes open through JanuaryPosted: 10:17 a.m. today Updated: 44 minutes ago Raleigh, N.C. State officials said Tuesday that they have freed up $1 million to allow people with mental illness or developmental disabilities to stay in group homes across North Carolina through the end of January. A change in federal rules means that, as of Jan. 1, group home patients are no longer eligible to receive Medicaid payments for personal care services, such as assistance with bathing, feeding or other daily chores. The loss of funding puts the homes that rely on that...
  • A Physicians New Reality: Patients Ask Me to Break the Law

    11/24/2012 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/24/2012 | Dr. Peter Weiss
    Obama won, Obamacare is the law, and, as my wife says, I will just have to learn to dance to a new song. Now, dont get me wrong, Obamacare is awful. Forget all the free stuff it provides. Children covered on their parents plan until 26 years of age? A scam, making young adults excuse me, children pay for complete, comprehensive health insurance when all they need and should pay for is major catastrophe insurance. Then there is the annual or preventative exam, which according to Obamacare is free. You gotta love this stuff. I wish I...
  • HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy (U of Chicago program tied to MO)

    05/14/2012 11:49:21 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 26 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 5-14-12 | Keith Koffler
    The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obamas closest friends. The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obamas...
  • Hospitals 'letting patients die to save money (UK)

    07/08/2012 6:52:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 7/8/12 | Stephen Adam
    Tens of thousands of patients with terminal illnesses are placed on a death pathway to help end their lives every year. However, in a letter to The Daily Telegraph, six doctors warn that hospitals may be using the controversial scheme to reduce strain on hospital resources. Supporters of the Liverpool Care Pathway, which allows medical staff to withhold fluid and drugs in a patients final days, claim it is the kindest way of letting them slip away. But the experts say in their letter that natural deaths are often freer of pain and distress. Informed consent is not
  • Should Doctors Give Patients a Chance to Die Differently?

    03/02/2012 2:45:01 PM PST · by stillafreemind · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 2nd, 2012 | Sherry Tomfeld
    When I read the WSJ article "Why Doctors Die Differently," I thought to myself, I wish Dad could have read that. The article referenced doctors getting terminally ill news about themselves. A lot of them chose to do no treatments. If they were suffering from cancer, they did not undergo radiation and chemotherapy. They treated their illnesses the way that was best for them.
  • Bill to Allow Organ Farming from Unconscious Patients!

    02/24/2012 4:10:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    First Things ^ | February 23, 2012 | Wesley J. Smith
    Good grief! A Maryland state legislator has filed a bill that would allow surrogate decision makers to “donate” kidneys and liver lobes. From HB 449: THIS SUBSECTION APPLIES ONLY TO A PATIENT WHO HAS BEEN CERTIFIED UNDER § 5–606(B) OF THIS SUBTITLE TO BE IN A PERSISTENT 8 VEGETATIVE STATE. (3) A PERSON AUTHORIZED TO MAKE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS FOR ANOTHER UNDER THIS SECTION MAY AUTHORIZE THE DONATION OF A NONVITAL ORGAN IF THE DONATION IS BASED ON: (I) THE WISHES OF THE PATIENT AS PREVIOUSLY EXPRESSED BY THE PATIENT; OR (II) A DETERMINATION BY THE SURROGATE THAT THE DONATION...
  • Now patients are denied 'breakthrough' prostate cancer drug as health watchdogs brand

    02/01/2012 9:30:37 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/1/12 | Jenny Hope
    A breakthrough drug that gives extra months of life to men with advanced prostate cancer has been rejected for use on the NHS. The once-daily pill was developed by UK scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and trials were partly funded by British charities. But it has been branded as too expensive by the rationing watchdog the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Abiraterone is the latest prostate cancer drug to face an NHS ban despite being proven to extend life for men with advanced disease. Last month another drug--Jevtana--was turned down as not cost-effective.
  • Medicare Cuts Looming Unless Congress Intervenes

    11/28/2011 9:19:13 AM PST · by yorkie · 22 replies
    Ozarks First ^ | November 28, 2011 | Lisa Sylvester (For CNN)
    You could call it fallout from the Super Committee's big flop. Deficit-reducing budget cuts are slated to take effect in just over a year. Among those taking cuts -- hospitals and doctors that treat low-income patients. Dr. William Strudwick is the director of the emergency department at Providence Hospital in northeast Washington DC. It's a neighborhood hospital with a patient base of the elderly and working poor. "About 70 percent of the patients that come through our door rely on Medicare or Medicaid," Dr. Strudwick says. But Medicare payments to Providence Hospital and other medical providers are slated for a...
  • Fla. lawsuit: Can doctors ask patients about guns?

    07/13/2011 9:35:44 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, July 13, 2011 5:13 PM EDT | CURT ANDERSON AP Legal Affairs Writer
    MIAMI (AP) Doctors in Florida are fighting a first-of-its-kind law requiring them to have a legitimate safety concern before they start asking a patient about guns. The physicians contend the new law is too broad and they should be free to ask patients and parents about firearms in the house to make sure people know how to keep them safely locked away. Doctors routinely offer similar advice about other household risks, from the dangers of tobacco use to swimming pools. Gun rights supporters who pushed for the new law believe questions about gun ownership are an invasion of privacy,...
  • BMA: Let patients die 'to save cash'

    06/26/2011 8:49:24 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Scotsman ^ | 6/24/11 | Lyndsay Buckland
    The leader of Scotland's doctors has questioned whether society can afford to pay thousands of pounds to keep terminally-ill people alive for weeks or months when health service budgets are under unprecedented strain. Dr Brian Keighley, chairman of the British Medical Association Scotland, said in some cases tens of thousands of pounds were spent on drugs to extend cancer patients' lives for relatively short periods.[Snip]But he stressed any decision had to be made at a society level, rather than being left to doctors. Patient groups are concerned that many cancer treatments are being rationed by the NHS
  • Elderly patients dying of thirst: Doctorsforced to prescribe drinkingwater to keep the old

    05/25/2011 9:44:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 106 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/25/11 | Sophie Borland
    Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital. The measure to remind nurses of the most basic necessity is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards. Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders. The snapshot study, triggered by a Mail campaign, found staff routinely ignored patients calls for help and forgot to check that they had had enough to eat and drink.
  • Gov't warns on use of psych meds in nursing homes

    05/14/2011 6:48:08 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 05/09/2011 | AP Staff
    WASHINGTON A new government report says many elderly nursing home residents suffering from dementia may be victims of overmedication with strong anti-psychotic drugs that could harm them... The Health and Human Services inspector general says that in 2007, more than 300,000 nursing home residents got powerful drugs meant for treating serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. But nearly 90 percent of the time, the prescriptions were for patients suffering from dementia, a condition for which the anti-psychotic drugs are not approved. (excerpted)
  • Patients are denied high cost drugs by NHS trusts

    04/12/2011 8:24:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4/12/11 | Stephen Adams & Laura Roberts
    Family doctors are being prevented from prescribing drugs for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis as NHS managers attempt to make drastic budget cuts, an investigation has found. Primary care trusts are adding more medicines to their so-called "red lists" which means they can only be prescribed by a hospital consultant and not a GP. The measure is designed to save money by restricting access to drugs that are often among the more expensive. It also means that many patients find it more difficult to obtain the most effective drugs free on the NHS, even though they have
  • Cancer patients denied 'last hope' robot surgery

    04/03/2011 12:43:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4/3/11 | Laura Donnelly
    Cancer patients are being denied a pioneering treatment that offers their only hope of survival - even though millions of pounds have been spent on the technology behind it. Doctors referred Lesley Whiting, 56, from Sussex, for a robotic radiosurgery procedure called Cyberknife, which is widely used across the world, but only became available on the NHS last year. (Snip) But NHS bureaucrats refused to fund the treatment, which costs the health service around 10,000 per treatment- despite the fact almost 9 million has been spent buying the robotic technology for three NHS hospitals.
  • NHS Direct 'at breaking point': Patients waiting two days for help in worst flu outbreak

    12/22/2010 8:19:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 8+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/22/10 | Louise Eccles & Sophie Borland
    The NHS Direct helpline is at breaking point as parts of Britain experience the worst flu outbreak in a decade. Patients calling the service are being forced to wait up to two days before they can speak to a nurse, and managers have launched an emergency recruitment drive. GPs in the worst-affected areas are being paid up to 188 an hour to work over Christmas and help deal with soaring numbers of cases. (Snip) The latest infection rate figures show that there are now 87.1 cases per 100,000 people, up from 32.8 per 100,000 last week.
  • Feds issue scathing report on Delaware psychiatric center (state-run - patients warehoused)

    11/11/2010 4:24:26 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    11/11/10
    Link only - Feds issue scathing report on Del. psychiatric center
  • Doctors Will be Fined or Jailed if they Put Patients First

    10/30/2010 12:18:30 PM PDT · by goldendays · 85 replies
    biggovernment.com/ ^ | 10/30/2010 | Dr. Elaina George
    Obamacare Endgame: Doctors Will be Fined or Jailed if they Put Patients First by Dr. Elaina George If Obamacare is completely implemented, doctors will no longer be practicing medicine. They will instead become the drones tasked with deciding who gets the meager healthcare crumbs doled out by the bureaucrats who have the ultimate power over patient life and death. Those who are deemed to have illnesses that require treatments which are not cost effective can expect a one way ticket to a hospice. Like so many bills passed by Congress, there was a hidden provision in the Stimulus bill passed...
  • The creeping chill of ObamaCare

    10/26/2010 3:47:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 25, 2010 | MARK K. SIEGEL
    I Can feel ObamaCare closing in. It starts with small things. Consider a patient I'll call Jane, a corporate executive in her mid 40s. She's happy with her current health coverage -- a high-deductible policy paired with a Flexible Spending Account that can cover up to $3,000 a year in routine expenses, which she uses to pay for much of her medical care. Other than her yearly screening check-up, Jane doesn't come in to see me unless she's really sick. An occasional bout of bronchitis prompts a brief visit, where I prescribe her a short course of antibiotics. Otherwise she...
  • Nurses who think it's not their job to care: NHS forced to remindstaff to feed patients

    07/25/2010 8:02:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    daily mail ^ | 7/25/10 | Daniel Martin
    Nurses are having to be reminded that it is part of their job to feed frail patients and check if they have bedsores. Millions of patients suffer pressure ulcers, hip fractures following falls or malnutrition during their stay in hospital, a report by Health Service bosses said. But it added that most of these cases could be avoided. (Snip) It shows that 70 per cent of patients with malnutrition are never identified by nurses, 10 per cent suffer bedsores and there are more than 200,000 falls a year on NHS property.
  • Hamas Sends Patients to Israel for Care

    07/08/2010 1:03:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    inn ^ | 7/8/10 | Maayana Miskin
    Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv treats up to 100 patients a month from Gaza, and often Hamas takes the role of middleman between Gaza residents and the Israeli hospital, Ichilov Director Professor Gabi Barabash said Thursday. Barabash spoke to Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, who was touring the hospital and viewing its care for foreign Arab patients. In addition to caring for patients from Gaza, the Ichilov staff treats many citizens of foreign Arab countries, including those that have no diplomatic ties with Israel. They all receive dedicated care, and the relatives who accompany them are provided with free food and...
  • Insurance stopgap promises health care for uninsured (Believing Obamacare will work!)

    06/29/2010 7:42:07 AM PDT · by greatdefender
    Link only: http://www.floridatoday.com/article/20100629/NEWS01/6290317/1006/rss01
  • Cancer patients denied surgery (Australia)

    06/07/2010 5:13:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 14+ views
    iplextra.indiatimes.com ^ | 6/7/10 | KATE BENSON
    But angry surgeons claim some patients have already deteriorated as a result of the fiasco. The error has also made politically sensitive hospital performance figures - much vaunted by the health department - look better than they are. A spokeswoman... Full Article at Sydney Morning Herald
  • Congress Misses Medicare Payment Cut Deadline

    06/02/2010 9:52:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies · 676+ views
    abc ^ | June 1, 2010 | DAN CHILDS
    Doctors May Soon Be Forced to Accept Lower Reimbursements for Treating Medicare Patients. A missed deadline by Congress may mean many of the country's 44 million Medicare patients will have a harder time finding a doctor -- piquing the frustration of many physicians who already care for these patients. On Friday, the Senate adjourned for its traditional Memorial Day break without eliminating a physician payment cut for treatments to Medicare patients that took effect today, which means that the country's doctors may soon be paid 21.3 percent less to treat Medicare patients. In a statement issued Friday, Dr. James Rohack,...
  • U.S. tells insurer: Quit dropping cancer patients (Kathleen Sebelius is in charge)

    04/23/2010 4:54:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies · 1,021+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/23/10
    U.S. tells insurer: Quit dropping cancer patientsWellpoint had used software to target those with new breast cancer cases updated 2:17 p.m. ET, Fri., April 23, 2010 BOSTON - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has called on health insurer WellPoint to stop dropping coverage for patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer, calling the practice "deplorable." In a letter dated April 22 to Angela Braly, WellPoint's chief executive, Sebelius said she was "surprised and disappointed" to learn from a Reuters report that the company has specifically targeted women with breast cancer for aggressive investigation with intent to...
  • Face of Defense: Nurse Earns Patients Confidence

    04/21/2010 5:55:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 184+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Staff Sgt. J. Paul Croxon, USAF
    NOORVIK, Alaska, April 21, 2010 A joint medical team recently deployed to a remote village in northern Alaska, where earning trust often is the first step to getting patients through the door. Air Force Maj. Emily Cerreta consults Laura Ballot, mother of 23-month-old Hikerr Snyder, during his well-baby checkup April 14, 2010, in Noorvik, Alaska. Cerreta is a family nurse practitioner from the 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and is in Alaska for Operation Arctic Care, a joint medical training exercise. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jack Braden(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • CAN YOU AND YOUR DOCTOR THRIVE WITHOUT MEDICARE AND INSURANCE PLANS?

    04/19/2010 7:26:01 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 9 replies · 439+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 4/19/2010 | Dr. George Watson
    Patients and doctors need to ask: what should a medical practice be like? For doctors: Would you like more time with your patients; fewer or no insurance company hassles and prior authorizations, and less paperwork? Would you like to determine a fair price for your service, together with your patient? Would you like your daily receipts to equal your daily charges? Would you like to be called Doctor rather than Provider?
  • WHY PATIENTS NEED TO OPT OUT OF THIRD PARTY HEALTH INSURANCE

    04/07/2010 10:22:45 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 506+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 4/7/10 | Dr. Richard Amerling
    If the mandate to buy insurance survives constitutional challenges, individuals should consider defying the mandate and not purchasing insurance. Why is opting out a sound idea for patients?
  • Video: Interview with Doc Who Refused to Take Patients Who Voted Obama: I was Angry, Discouraged!

    04/03/2010 1:44:47 AM PDT · by Suvroc10 · 31 replies · 1,851+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | April 3, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    The Florida doctor who allegedly refused to take patients by hanging a sign on the front of his practice's door said that he was angry and also discouraged when he tried to inform himself and then his patients about the chaos that is Barack Obama's health care "reform." Appearing in an exclusive cable TV interview with Fox News' Neil Cavuto, Dr. Jack Cassell also clarified that his sign telling patients who voted for Obama to "seek urologic care elsewhere" was misinterpreted and blown out of proportion, as he was adamant that he would still take care of patients regardless of...
  • Patients will have coverage, but no doc

    03/28/2010 8:02:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 39 replies · 1,049+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 27, 2010 | LOUIS J. GOODMAN AND TIMOTHY B. NORBECK
    Patients will have coverage, but no doc March 27, 2010 BY LOUIS J. GOODMAN AND TIMOTHY B. NORBECK Now that the health-care bill has passed and the smoke has cleared from the acrimonious debate -- if only for a little while -- it seems appropriate to reflect on how this significant legislation will impact our health-care system. We don't know anyone who would oppose, on moral grounds, insuring everyone, and that includes us at the Physicians Foundation. Some have argued that the overall cost of the legislation may be prohibitive. While that argument goes beyond our expertise, we do believe...
  • Start The Search For A Doctor Before The Stampede

    03/28/2010 8:01:30 AM PDT · by Freedom Frayed · 39 replies · 1,042+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 23, 2010 | Lauran Neergaard
    Better beat the crowd and find a doctor. Primary care physicians already are in short supply in parts of the country, and the landmark health overhaul that will bring them millions more newly insured patients in the next few years promises extra strain.
  • OPTING OUT OF THE THIRD PARTY SYSTEM WILL SAVE THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP

    03/23/2010 7:01:35 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 29 replies · 620+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 3/23/10 | Richard Amerling, MD
    Now that the Senate version of ObamaCare is moments from becoming the law of the land, we need strategies to safeguard the doctor-patient relationship from government intrusion. The most effective approach is for both patients and physicians to opt out of the third party payment system.
  • WHAT PRESIDENTIAL HEALTHCARE MEANS TO YOU

    02/24/2010 7:58:51 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 9 replies · 226+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 2/24/10 | Jane M. Orient, M.D.
    Three days before the Feb 25 media event, where chosen representatives can say their last words before the nuclear option is set off, The Presidents Proposal on healthcare reform was released. These 11 pages do not start with a blank sheet of paper, as Republicans recommended, but with the 2,000-page Senate bill. They are getting a disproportionate amount of commentary, but amount to little difference.
  • 500,000 hospital patients sent home too soon every year (UK)

    01/31/2010 5:05:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 366+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/31/10 | James Chapman
    (and 1,500 a day readmitted for emergency care) More than 500,000 patients every year are readmitted to hospital after apparently being sent home too soon, alarming figures reveal. Labour's waiting-time targets have been blamed for the 50 per cent rise in emergency readmissions of patients within days of them being discharged. Critics said it was a scandal that almost 1,500 a day were apparently being released before they are well enough, harming their recovery.
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