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  • Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court case, can opt out of mandate July 23, 2014
    The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and against Obamacare mandates.  They decided that the government cannot force employers to violate their religious beliefs.  Christian corporation Hobby Lobby did not want to have to cover certain types of …
  • Hundreds of Newborns to have Genomes Sequenced July 21, 2014
    Genome sequencing would not replace the newborn screening tests most states require. They are researching if sequencing is better than regular screening at detecting genetic disorders, immune function, as well as metabolic disorders. Researchers believe that cataloguing a newborn’s genome …
  • VA Seeks Help from Corporate Healthcare Giant HCA July 18, 2014
    The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has recruited the Chief Medical Officer of hospital giant HCA, Dr. Jonathan Perlin, to help them find solutions for all the problems of their mismanaged system. Dr. Perlin is known for being a leader in …
  • The Trap Known as Health Insurance July 16, 2014
    The cost of health care is on the rise and is continuing to grow exponentially. One of the biggest factors to this cost is health insurance. Third parties don’t care about quality or affordability. They are spending your money for …
  • Current Health System Provides No Privacy for Patients July 14, 2014
    Dr. Deborah Peel has advocated for patient privacy for over 20 years.  She explains to the tech community how breaches in computer systems using electronic health records destroy privacy.  When patients are in control of their own money and move …
  • Is There a Link Between Saturated Fat & Heart Disease? July 11, 2014
    For the last several decades, we have been taught that saturated fats in butter, cheese, and meat are dangerous for your health. The truth is that this has never been proven. Countries that have high fat diets do not have …
  • Wellness Health Check – July Special July 7, 2014
    Men and Women’s Health Check Blood Tests for $99! (Retail is $800) This is a good way to be proactive and keep up with your health and that of your loved ones. Women’s Test includes: The Comprehensive Wellness Panel(CWP) is …
  • Physicians’ Declaration of Independence July 4, 2014
    by Richard Amerling, MD A physician’s responsibility is to the patient. To protect the patient-physician relationship, payment should be decided between these two parties, assuring all information is kept confidential. Involving third parties is destructive to the patient-physician relationship. Physicians …
  • Ralph Weber: Healthcare with Transparency in Quality & Pricing July 2, 2014
    MediBid helps patients find the best treatment solution for them at the best quality and price. Physicians set their own prices and this transparency allows for competition. MediBid started as a means for Canadians on waiting lists to get timely …
  • Steps to Increase Price Transparency June 30, 2014
    Summary by The Market Institute The Center for American Progress recently published a brief detailing their opinion on how hidden health care costs are hindering market competition and ultimately making healthcare expensive for consumers. Unlike almost every other scenario in …
  • How Obamacare Affects the Affordability of Your Medical Care June 27, 2014
    Those who do not get health insurance from their employers or Medicaid/Medicare find their premiums increasing, some states more than others. While some people will be eligible for Obamacare tax credits, many will still have to pay these premium increases …
  • Canada needs a prosperous Ontario June 27, 2014
    Ontario’s poor economic performance is dragging down Canada’s economy.A Fraser Institute study, Can Canada Prosper without a Prosperous Ontario?, examines Ontario’s shift from the economic engine of Canada to a “have not” province that received $3.2 billion in equalization payments …
  • Why Coconut Milk Might Not Be Your Friend June 25, 2014
    Those following a Paleo diet get most of their fat from coconut milk. Coconut milk is great for making smoothies. Canned coconut milk may contain BPA, a chemical which can leach out of the metal and into acidic foods, such …
  • Increasing Cost of Medical Care Can Make You Sick June 23, 2014
    At the onset of an illness or serious injury, Americans are finding the costs too much to bear – even when they have insurance. Medical expenses are the biggest financial burden in American households today. Nearly 50% of Americans cannot …
  • Natural Alternatives for Sun Protection and Sunburn Treatment June 20, 2014
    With summer activities in full swing, many of them outdoors, it is important to remember to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. Some exposure is beneficial, and can cause your skin to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin …
  • Your HSA Can Double as an IRA June 18, 2014
    Some Americans are supplementing thier retirement funds with a Health Savings Account. People with a high-deductible insurance plan can have an HSA to cover future medical expenses. There is a penalty to withdraw this money for nonmedical reasons, yet after …
  • OMTEC 2014 – The Past, Present and Future of the Implant Market: A Surgeon Inventor Perspective June 17, 2014
    What does the future hold for the orthopaedic implant market? Dr. Robert S. Bray, Jr., a globally recognized spine surgeon, entrepreneur and inventor, provides a look at the industry past and present and answers the question: How will the development …
  • Real Illness or Not? June 16, 2014
    by Sue Redmond Should Doctors prescribe for a “non-disease”? Infants spit up.  Many on a daily basis (some studies show as high as 40-70%).  Just one of the reasons may be that they drink a large volume of liquids and …
  • How Obamacare Impacts Small Businesses June 13, 2014
    Cost increases due to Obamacare will be sharp and immediate for small businesses. As they renew their group health plans, they are discovering an onslaught of new regulations which will also affect their future hiring and business growth. Over 60% …
  • B12 deficiency: a silent epidemic with serious consequences June 11, 2014
    Symptoms of B12 deficiency include: Alzheimer’s, dementia, other memory loss MS and neurological disorders mental illness (depression, anxiety, bipolar) heart disease learning disorders in children autism spectrum autoimmune disease cancer infertility   B12 deficiency is quite common, more so than …

Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court case, can opt out of mandate

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The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and against Obamacare mandates.  They decided that the government cannot force employers to violate their religious beliefs.  Christian corporation Hobby Lobby did not want to have to cover certain types of contraception, which Obamacare wanted included as an “essential health benefit”. This Court ruling allows them to opt out of this mandatory coverage. Employees who wish to purchase these other types of contraception can purchase it out of pocket.

http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/news/news-wire/2014/06/30/supreme-court-rules-for-hobby-lobby-closely-held.html

Hoover, Kent. ”Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby; closely held corporations can opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate.” News Wire. Nashville Business Journal, 30 Jun 2014. Web. 22 Jul 2014.

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Hundreds of Newborns to have Genomes Sequenced

1775R-21494Genome sequencing would not replace the newborn screening tests most states require. They are researching if sequencing is better than regular screening at detecting genetic disorders, immune function, as well as metabolic disorders. Researchers believe that cataloguing a newborn’s genome from birth will become part of their electronic health record for life. Some think that not all data should be shared with families or be owned by others. Twila Brase RN says that this sequencing is taking away parents’ choice and privacy. False positives can affect families in the future. Researchers say they are considering giving the data to the families so they can analyze it and come to their own conclusions.

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/09/scientists-to-sequence-hundreds-of-newborns-genomes.html

Check, Erika. “Scientists to sequence genomes of hundreds of newborns.” Nature News Blog. Nature Publishing Group, 4 Sep 2013. Web. 20 Jul 2014.

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VA Seeks Help from Corporate Healthcare Giant HCA

hospital-art-toyThe Department of Veteran’s Affairs has recruited the Chief Medical Officer of hospital giant HCA, Dr. Jonathan Perlin, to help them find solutions for all the problems of their mismanaged system. Dr. Perlin is known for being a leader in the national health care scene, and they hope he has all the answers the VA needs.

http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2014/06/under-crisis-va-taps-hca-exec-for-help.html

Snyder, Eric. “Under crisis, VA taps HCA exec for help.” NashvilleBizBlog. Nashville Business Journal, 25 Jun 2014. Web. 17 Jul 2014.

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The Trap Known as Health Insurance

The cost of health carinsurancee is on the rise and is continuing to grow exponentially. One of the biggest factors to this cost is health insurance. Third parties don’t care about quality or affordability. They are spending your money for you, without your knowledge or say-so. A growing number of physicians have freed themselves from the hassles and regulations involved with insurance by refusing to allow third party payers in their practice. This preserves the patient-physician relationship – cutting out the middleman. This is also what MediBid does – matching cash patients with physicians in a transparent and competitive marketplace.

Jeff Singer MD, author of the original article (see below), is a general surgeon in Phoenix who offers his services on MediBid.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2014/05/09/the-health-insurance-trap/

Roy, Avik. “The Health Insurance Trap.” Opinion. Forbes, 9 May 2014. Web. 15 July 2014.

 

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Current Health System Provides No Privacy for Patients

Dr. Deborah Peel has advocated for patient privacy for over 20 years.  She explains to the tech community how breaches in computer systems using electronic health records destroy privacy.  When patients are in control of their own money and move away from third party payers, then they will have control of their data and medical care.

MediBid puDoctor_Visitts patients in control. There is no middleman to interfere or intercept personal information. MediBid protects patient privacy by holding all information submitted confidential, releasing it to no one. Only the patient and the physician whose bid they select are the parties involved, protecting the patient-physician relationship and retaining privacy.

http://healthblog.ncpa.org/there-is-no-patient-privacy/

Scandlen, Greg. “There is no Patient Privacy.” Health Care Access. National Center for Policy Analysis, 3 July 2014. Web. 13 July 2014.

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Is There a Link Between Saturated Fat & Heart Disease?

For the last several decades, we have been taught that saturated fats in buttfater, cheese, and meat are dangerous for your health. The truth is that this has never been proven. Countries that have high fat diets do not have high rates of heart disease. Several trials tested a diet high in vegetable oil vs. animal fats with unreliable results. The bias had grown so strong against animal fats that a Harvard nutrition professor persuaded the US Senate to have Americans change their diets.

By cutting back on fats, we are now eating too many carbohydrates. Carbohydrates break down, causing the body to release insulin and store fat. Consuming more vegetable oils means more calories. Saturated fat is important for women, helping with overall longevity and weight control. The U.S. population has grown fatter and sicker by adhering to the dietary guidelines. Cutting back on meat, eggs, and dairy has had a tragic effect.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303678404579533760760481486

Teicholz, Nina. “The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease.” The Saturday Essay. The Wall Street Journal, 6 May 2014. Web. 10 July 2014.

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Wellness Health Check – July Special

Men and Women’s Health Check Blood Tests for $99! (Retail is $800)
This is a good way to be proactive and keep up with your health and that of your loved ones.

Women’s Test includes:
The Comprehensive Wellness Panel(CWP) is the #1 ordered test – year after year! Over 50 individual laboratory tests to provide a thorough Biochemical assessment of your health, and includes the basic cardiovascular tests as well as diabetes testing:
Lipid panel (cholesterol, HDL, LDL, the risk ratio, triglycerides)
Complete Blood Count (CBC’s)
Fluids and Electrolytes
Thyroid Panel w/TSH
Liver Panel
Kidney Panel Glucose (Diabetes)

The Urinalysis has over 15 different items, this panel is useful in the evaluation of conditions such as urinary tract infection, dehydration, and kidney stones.

Estradiol is a form of estrogen, necessary for many processes in the body. Estradiol is a female sex hormone that is involved in the development and maintenance of the female reproductive system.

hs-CRP is usually ordered as one of several tests in a cardiovascular risk profile. This test can help determine the potential risk level for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes. The current thinking is that hs-CRP can play a role in the evaluation process before one encounters one of these health problems.

Men’s Test includes:
The CWP is the #1 ordered test – year after year! Over 50 individual laboratory tests to provide a thorough Biochemical assessment of your health, and includes the basic cardiovascular tests as well as diabetes testing:
Lipid panel (cholesterol, HDL, LDL, the risk ratio, triglycerides)
Complete Blood Count (CBC’s)
Fluids and Electrolytes
Thyroid Panel w/TSH
Liver Panel
Kidney Panel Glucose (Diabetes)

The Urinalysis has over 15 different items, this panel is useful in the evaluation of conditions such as urinary tract infection, dehydration, and kidney stones.

The prostate specific antigen (PSA), is a protein made only in the prostate gland. PSA is produced by normal, abnormal and cancerous prostatic tissue. The PSA blood test is an accurate measure of this amount. The theory is that cancer causes more of the protein to be made and leaked into the blood than normal prostate tissue, so PSA is now used for assisting in the diagnosis and monitoring of prostatic carcinoma.

hs-CRP is usually ordered as one of several tests in a cardiovascular risk profile. This test can help determine the potential risk level for cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes. The current thinking is that hs-CRP can play a role in the evaluation process before one encounters one of these health problems.

If you are interested in either of these health check tests, follow this link to order the test:
http://www.directlabs.com/medibid/Home/tabid/21443/language/en-US/Default.aspx
Under “Monthly Specials” click on “1” for women’s health check and “2” for men’s health check. You have to add to cart directly from this view . If you select the “more” option, you will see all of the tests included and it will give you the option of adding it to your cart, but it doesn’t work. You can see the lab locator link at the top of the web page. It will give you all of the locations closest to you.

Be sure to drink a lot of water before going in (you have to fast for 10-12 hrs beforehand).

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Physicians’ Declaration of Independence

by Richard Amerling, MD

declaration-of-independenceA physician’s responsibility is to the patient. To protect the patient-physician relationship, payment should be decided between these two parties, assuring all information is kept confidential. Involving third parties is destructive to the patient-physician relationship. Physicians of America who want to free their practice should opt out of third party payment systems. Pledge to provide your highest level of service and dedication by signing the Physician’s Declaration of Independence HERE.

http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/site/article/physicians_declaration_of_independence/

Amerling MD, Richard. “Physicians’ Declaration of Independence.” Doctors. Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., July 2013. Web. 3 July 2014.

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Ralph Weber: Healthcare with Transparency in Quality & Pricing

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MediBid helps patients find the best treatment solution for them at the best quality and price. Physicians set their own prices and this transparency allows for competition. MediBid started as a means for Canadians on waiting lists to get timely medical care in the U.S. Most patients save almost 80% of what insurance charges.  Patients should do their homework and research the physicians who have offered them bids for care. The best choice may not be the cheapest.

To listen to the complete podcast, CLICK HERE

http://healthcareelsewhere.com/2014/06/30/059-ralph-weber-talks-about-health-care-with-transparency-in-quality-and-pricing/

Jaeger. “Ralph Weber talks about Health care with Transparency in Quality and Pricing.” Healthcare Elsewhere Podcast, 30 Jun 2014. Web. 1 Jul 2014.

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Steps to Increase Price Transparency

Summary by The Market Institute

Transparent-Market1The Center for American Progress recently published a brief detailing their opinion on how hidden health care costs are hindering market competition and ultimately making healthcare expensive for consumers. Unlike almost every other scenario in which a consumer receives an estimate for services, health care prices are not realized until after services rendered. This allows for patients to have virtually no idea what their care will cost. Even in cases where prices are listed prior to care, they typically mean little to the patient because out of pocket costs are not known. Health care prices must be transparent in order to transform the whole system and make it cheaper for consumers.

In the case of physicians, doctors make referrals without knowing the prices charged by other providers; they select medical devices for use in procedures without knowing the costs of the products or whether less-expensive alternatives may produce similar or even better outcome. There are promising changes to transparency, over 30 states have enacted legislation requiring providers to state some sort of minimum cost to patients and recently Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released large amounts of Medicare claims data for the first time. Despite these advances, there is more to be done to make health care costs less opaque. The Center for American Progress recommends the following:

  • HHS must ensure that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurers provide cost-sharing information is implemented in a consumer-friendly way.
  • The ACA’s cost-sharing disclosure requirements should be modified so that the plan’s quoted costs for episodes of care are guaranteed.
  • HHS should encourage the development of statewide, all-payer claims databases.
  • Hospitals and other institutional health care providers should provide uninsured and out-of-network patients with episode-based costs, which would also be guaranteed.
  • Insurers’ provider directories should include rankings of higher-value providers to encourage patients to seek out their services.
  • Medicare’s Compare websites’ star rating systems should include an overall “value” score for each health care provider, calculated using both quality and price data.
  • Federal law should increase price transparency in the device industry, allowing hospitals and physicians to comparison shop without revealing prices to competitors.

 

The Obama Administration needs to be more aggressive in implementing transparency provisions of the Affordable Care Act. There is already a requirement for health insurers to provide cost sharing data. Enforcing this requirement would go a long way towards making health care costs more known and ultimately reducing them.

http://www.aapsonline.org/index.php/site/article/shining_light_on_health_care_prices_steps_to_increase_transparency/

The Market Institute. “Shining Light on Health Care Prices, Steps to Increase Transparency.” DC Rounds. Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc., 5 Apr 2014. Web. 29 Jun 2014.

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