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If Only Obamacare Empowered Patients

What If Obamacare Really Did Something About  Patient Education & Empowerment? The patient-oriented elements of Obamacare have largely to do with free screenings that are often double-edged swords – likely to promote as much unnecessary treatment as true life-saving interventions. What Obamacare doesn’t sufficiently address – and what true healthcare reform requires – is the […]

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A New Year’s Resolution for Smart Patients

Resolve to Be a Smarter Patient With the first deadline for complying with Obamacare’s insurance requirements looming large, it may be hard for many Americans – especially patients in our broken healthcare system – to think about anything else. But the start of this new year may be a better opportunity than most to refocus […]

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Obamacare’s “Bronze” Dead-End: Hidden Prices

Obamacare Bronze Plans Ask Consumers to Shop for Prices They Can’t Find One of the biggest obstacles to Obamacare’s success as healthcare reform isn’t a faulty website or the cancellation of junk health plans, but lack of consumer access to hospital prices. Without it, price competition among hospitals will remain an elusive goal. And without […]

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Obamacare’s Core Failing Is Its Timidity

A Bigger, Bolder Obamacare Was Needed A recent article at MedPage Today reported on an expert discussion about Obamacare’s critical need to repair its online portal at healthcare.gov so those Americans wishing to purchase qualified health plans on the exchange can do so by December 1st. This would leave them only two weeks to secure […]

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Can Low -Tech Medical Breakthroughs Save Obamacare?

What’s Peanut Butter Got to Do With Obamacare? I tweeted this morning about a report of how a young medical researcher at the University of Florida demonstrated that a peanut butter test of patients experiencing cognitive decline was able to help predict Alzheimer’s Disease. This low-tech breakthrough got more retweets than usual, which prompted me […]

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Medicare-For-All: Our Sick Healthcare System Requires Radical Surgery

Medicare-For-All a Distant Hope As we near the major phase of Obamacare’s implementation in 2014, there’s no shortage of carping critics from the right hell-bent on stymieing it at every turn. This despite early signs that it’s working to lower insurance premiums in states that have embraced it. What does this political intransigence in the […]

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Can Bipartisan Healthcare Solutions Survive the Obamacare Backlash?

Hyper-Partisan Politics Surrounding Obamacare Suggest Not The latest issue of The New England Journal of Medicine has an interesting post-Obamacare report from the Bipartisan Policy Center. It’s optimistically entitled “Prescription for Patient-Centered Care and Cost Containment”. It’s optimistic because of the initial favorable responses it’s received from both sides of the political aisle. Its authors […]

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It’s Time for Patients to Practice Some Defensive Medicine

Defensive Medicine Should Protect YOU, Not Your Doctors  Defensive medicine is the term used to describe physician practices intended to protect them from medical malpractice lawsuits. Examples include ordering CT scans and other diagnostic tests that are often unnecessary, as well as invasive procedures and hospitalizations that may put their patients in harm’s way. One […]

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For Your Healthcare, Forget Obamacare and Take Charge Yourself

When it comes to their healthcare, are patients too trusting – or too complacent? There’s a post by Richard Eskow on The Huffington Post today entitled “Healthcare’s Forgotten Crisis, Part 1: Families Can’t Afford Medical Care” that mirrors much of what I write about here, specifically how healthcare is increasingly unaffordable for many Americans and will […]

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Patient Engagement Improves Safety and Quality of Care – For SOME

Patient Engagement Helps Doctors Provide Better Care There are a couple of interesting and seemingly unrelated articles in the May 2013 issue of Health Leaders magazine that address patient engagement at entirely different levels and with entirely divergent results. The first (“Opening Up to Patients“) is about the 12-month trial of the OpenNotes program in […]

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