Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Includes Significant Changes in Medicare, Other Federal Health Programs

In the aftermath of the recent Federal budget approval on 2.9.18, analysts reveal the new budget's affect on the health sector. In addition to addressing a number of critical budget questions, the legislation includes significant health care policy changes impacting Medicare, Medicaid and...

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Pneumonia is a Disease. Is High Cholesterol or Osteoporosis?

"So much of what we do today in medicine falls in the gray zone between treating disease and manipulating risk," A Country Doctor Writes on 1.20.18. "In many cases, we have ended up with disease-like names, and drug based treatments, for these risk factors. In reality, many other things besides drugs can modify these risks, but our "scientific" paradigm mostly recognizes double blinded trials of medications and undervalues other approaches."

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Take a pill and stop aging. Really?

Stephen C. Schimpff, MD, in a KevinMD post dated January 6, 2018, writes:
"A pill to end aging. Is there or could there be such a pill? Some researchers think so."
 
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The GOP Tax Bill Repeals Obamacare's Individual Mandate

The unpopular individual mandate, which requires most Americans (other than those who qualify for a hardship exemption) to carry a minimum level of health coverage, has been repealed by the new Republican tax bill. Passed by both houses of Congress, the bill will be signed into law by President Trump.
 
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

U.S. healthcare spending growth slowed in 2016

According to Reuters, in a Dec. 06 2017 article, "Growth in healthcare spending in the United States slowed in 2016 following two years of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, a government health agency reported on Wednesday."
 
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Physicians must embrace the business side of medicine

Davis Liu, MD asserts, in a KevinMD post dated November 26, 2017, that the "issue lies in the false dichotomy...often create<d> by asking whether physicians or business people should ultimately be responsible for hospital care."

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Why Doctors Should Unionize

"Hospital administrators easily manipulated physicians, treating them as if they were hired hands. Insurance companies were dealing with them as if they were employees. Government programs...controlled key aspects of doctors' work, told them how much they would be paid, and what procedures they would be paid for," according to Dr. Sanford A. Marcus, a surgeon in private practice who formed the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD).

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