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Your hospital is closing, why?

Aug 06, 2014 - economy, healthcare, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
hospital

hospital

In may of 2009 I wrote a brief article entitled, The Coming Hospital Crisis which can be found here. In that article I wrote about how, in the coming months, hospitals would face significant challenges due to cut’s in Medicare reimbursements and related DRG’s. That article was a foreshadow of the crisis hospitals are now going through across this country.… Read the rest

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

A policy for healthcare access

Mar 25, 2012 - economy, healthcare, politics, technology - 1 Comments - Standard

Below is a policy proposal I wrote and submitted to the United States Congressional Finance Committee:

PROMOTING HEALTHCARE RELATED INVESTMENT IN HIGH NEEDS AREAS

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

Federal Empowerment Zone 1

OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM

Based on a comparison of discharges for avoidable hospital conditions (AHCs), we find that Paris provides greater access to primary care than Manhattan. Age-adjusted AHC rates are more than 2.5 times as high in Manhattan as in Paris (Gusmano, Rodwin, & Weisz, 2011).… Read the rest

health has its price

Mental health in NY: Capitation at work

Apr 25, 2011 - economy, healthcare, politics - 4 Comments - Standard
health has its price

health has its price

On January 5, 2011 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an Executive Order establishing the Medicaid Redesign Team. The Medicaid Redesign Team was given the task of providing guidance, advice and recommendations to the Governor on ways to save Medicaid dollars while improving medical outcomes. The board consisted of 25 members whose task was to submit a report by March 1, 2011 of its findings and its recommendations for consideration in the budget process for the 2011-12 New York State fiscal year.… Read the rest

Our Political Spectrum

The thorn that fell the lion: the PPACA’s downfall

Feb 27, 2011 - healthcare, politics - 8 Comments - Standard
Our Political Spectrum

Our Political Spectrum

How did the PPACA (healthcare reform) (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) with all its good intentions fall apart? How did the PPACA undermine the Democratic Majority in the House? What was the small but sharp thorn in the side of healthcare reform that took the PPACA down? Well, you know the saying, “the road to hell is paved with good intention.” In the end, good intention is exactly what fell the lion.… Read the rest

Hospital as clinic?

Have new health insurance, will seek primary care physician

Oct 06, 2010 - economy, family, healthcare - 9 Comments - Standard
Hospital as clinic?

Hospital as clinic?

In the last few weeks two articles, one from Hospital & Health Networks and Managed Healthcare Executive have come across my desk, both discussing how hospitals will deal with the issues mentioned above. The expansion of healthcare benefits will affect each hospital and each state differently due to many factors, including how many of their residents are already insured, their residents income and unemployment levels, their residents median age and overall health, but on average charity care cases should go down.… Read the rest

double coupon

Health plans: Where to get a discount

May 05, 2010 - family, healthcare - 3 Comments - Standard
double coupon

So you can get in twice!

Healthcare costs to put it mildly are these days an anchor around the necks of families, tie that in with a mortgage and car payment and we have real issues. You can’t pay for everything, something has to give and more often than not it is your health insurance forms. A family of four can have annual premiums up in the thousands, not to mention co-pays deductibles and the pharmacy bills thrown in.… Read the rest

Endless paperwork

Generics: places where there cheap!

Mar 14, 2010 - healthcare, industry - 0 Comments - Standard

Yes, our healthcare system is not functioning the way we would like it but then what large system does these days? You kind of have to take what you have and make the best of it right? We need to be proactive and make the crooked roads straight. Now that everything is poking into our wallets and purses for the cash inside, we must fend the bills off- cut them as much as we can.… Read the rest

The Rosetta Stone

Squeezing money from a health care stone

Aug 10, 2009 - healthcare, industry - 0 Comments - Standard
The Rosetta Stone

the Rosetta Stone

Ambitious global attempts have been undertaken to analyze many countries’ healthcare systems to document what has facilitated positive change and what has not. Everyone then armed with the data sit and pour over the stacks of paper to figure out how to better our healthcare system and suggest policy. Once it gets to the sub-committee though it dies a slow death to be transformed into some would say pork or other type of species the public would rather not look at.… Read the rest

Rising number of uninsured

We spend money on healthcare but not health

Jun 23, 2009 - healthcare, industry, politics - 0 Comments - Standard
Health insurance premiums

Health insurance premiums

As the percent of Americans GDP that is spend on healthcare grows, people that previously had health coverage become unable to afford it, thus dropping their healthcare insurance. The previous sentence would be stronger if it focused on the rising cost of health insurance, which is more directly tied to providing health insurance coverage than the % of GDP devoted to health care.… Read the rest

Out of Pocket in Ten Years

Why WE can’t afford healthcare

Jun 15, 2009 - economy, healthcare, industry, politics - 0 Comments - Standard

During the 1940’s employee insurance became the standard model by which health care clients begin to pay their medical bills. Offering employee health insurance became a primary method of attracting employees in part because it was an inexpensive benefit. Another reason employer’s began offering medical coverage was because during World War II employers were barred from raising wages. Employers needed to attract good employees and offering health coverage was one of these methods.… Read the rest

The costly house

The LLC buffet line, all you can eat co-pays and more!

Jun 08, 2009 - ethics, healthcare - 1 Comments - Standard
The costly house

The costly house

Morgan: “Listen, I know you are creaming the top of insurances. I know what goes on, I am in health care.

Answer, “Might be.”

Morgan’s response, “Well, I am an Admin in health care I know what goes on. Listen, cancel both my appointments. It’s too bad that you are doing that. I will get a clinic where they are more realistic on such prices.”

(175 dollars for 45 minutes and for a non-physician with a masters degree.… Read the rest

Tongue depressor

Talk is cheap, how the strep-test stole our wallet

Jun 02, 2009 - economy, healthcare, industry - 1 Comments - Standard
Tongue depressor

Tongue depressor

GM’s bankruptcy got me to think not only about them as a company but what caused them to collapse. One big reason besides poor management of a good company was long term health costs. Long term health costs mean different things to different people. In this context long term care means after retirement health care costs as well as nursing home costs.… Read the rest

Unemployment Chart

Medical discount cards

May 17, 2009 - family, healthcare - 0 Comments - Standard
Unemployment Chart

Unemployment Chart

Currently the unemployment rate is 8.9% with a total loss of jobs at 539,000 as of April. Our health care system uses the employer as a sponsor for health insurance between the employee and the health insurance company. The issue is what happens when we lose our jobs? We also lose our health coverage because the employer is the intermediary, without the link are only choices for health coverage are state and federal coverage such as Medicare or Medicaid, or purchasing a private plan.… Read the rest