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  • Using Mobile Devices at Night is Bad For Your Brain April 27, 2015
    Dr. Daniel Siegel, a psychiatrist from UCLA, states that staring into a glowing screen late at night is harmful to your brain and body. Staring at any screen at bedtime, be it computer, smartphone, or ipad, is worse than previously …
  • Few Patients Use Quality, Price Information To Make Health Decisions April 24, 2015
    by Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News Despite the government’s push to make health information more available, few people use concrete information about doctors or hospitals to obtain better care at lower prices, according to a poll released Tuesday. Prices for …
  • Shopping Tools Save Patients Cash on Medical Care April 22, 2015
    Vicki Burns of New Mexico needed a total hip replacement in 2012, but could not afford the hospital’s non-negotiable cash estimate of $79,000. Within two days of placing a patient request on MediBid, she received two bids. She chose a …
  • Hysteria’s History Episode 3 April 21, 2015
  • 20th Century Experiment Attempts to Turn Back Time April 20, 2015
    Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist, conducted a radical experiment in 1979 – the results of which were never published. Last fall, this study was featured in the New York Times. The study examined how aging’s effects could be altered or …
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  • Make Spring Cleaning a Workout April 17, 2015
    Chores you do around the house and garden can burn calories and stretch and tone muscles if done correctly. Short episodes of mild exercise can improve your fitness level if done with intensity and speed. Adding 30 minutes of chores …
  • Provisioning for the Opt Out Journey April 17, 2015
    Ophthalmologist David Richardson, MD on how to prepare for opting out of Medicare. From AAPS 70th Annual Meeting, September 2013, Denver, Colorado.
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    The United States was once considered the land of opportunity where entrepreneurs such as Henry Ford, Ray Kroc and Steve Jobs contributed to a flourishing economy by providing new products and services at prices people were happy to pay.Today America’s …
  • Obamacare Fines Debut This Tax Season April 15, 2015
    Taxes for 2014 are due this week, and your tax bill could be affected by your health insurance. If you had insurance during the entire calendar year of 2014 through an employer, a state exchange, or Medicare Part A, you …
  • Blood Transfusions: Less is More April 13, 2015
    The most common inpatient medical procedure in 2011 was the blood transfusion, with 12% of all hospitalized patients receiving one. The accrediting nonprofit Joint Commission reports transfusions as one of the five most overused hospital procedures. Now, there is a …
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    by G. Keith Smith, MD I think it is good to be alert to any discussions that are “downstream of a flawed premise.” Let me explain. When I hear, for instance, that the “flat tax” is preferable to the current income …
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    In the last few years, more and more young people have come in for chiropractic care with symptoms of neck pain, headaches, shoulder pain, or numbness and tingling in their arms. This condition has been named “text neck”. A study …
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    Many people include losing weight as one of their personal goals. The benefits of losing weight go beyond the outward appearance. Fat-burning foods can help you lose weight, reverse diabetes and risk of obesity, and boost energy levels. Certain foods …
  • Monitoring Patient Compliance with Mobile Devices April 1, 2015
    Company iGetBetter hopes that remote patient monitoring with phone apps and wearables will reduce hospital admissions and increase patient compliance after procedures. The platform allows patients to access post-op directions on a mobile device, ask questions, and send data directly …
  • Americans Can’t Afford to Use Insurance They Own March 30, 2015
    One in three Americans have delayed medical treatment for themselves or a family member because of cost. Many patients, 25% of the non-elderly, don’t have enough cash to cover a mid-range deductible of $1,200-$2,400. These patients need to shop around …
  • Third Party Free Medical Practice Case Studies March 28, 2015
    Dr. Kathy Brown, Jack Brown, and Dr. Keith Smith speak at the 69th Annual Meeting of AAPS, September 2013. http://www.oregonderm.com/ & http://surgerycenterok.com
  • A Tale of 2 Prices…or 3?‏ March 27, 2015
    by Ralph Weber About a year and a half ago, Perry Hunt needed a hip replacement. He had been in constant pain for years and owned a construction company, and could not afford to take the 6 months off that …
  • Tisha Casida interviews Ralph Weber: Free Market Solutions to Healthcare March 25, 2015
    Tisha Casida with Rebellion.life interviews CEO of MediBid, Ralph Weber, about his work educating the public and the government about common sense health care solutions. MediBid is an online marketplace with true transparency, listing not only prices, but qualities and …
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    For the last 20 years, small businesses in Washington state have relied heavily on associations and trusts to provide healthcare insurance for their workers at lower cost than in the open market. The system is popular and works well, a …

Using Mobile Devices at Night is Bad For Your Brain

PHONE-IN-BED-facebookDr. Daniel Siegel, a psychiatrist from UCLA, states that staring into a glowing screen late at night is harmful to your brain and body. Staring at any screen at bedtime, be it computer, smartphone, or ipad, is worse than previously thought. The photons emitted send a message to the brain to stay awake and prevents the production of melatonin. As you stay awake longer, you may continue to use your device, which leads to less sleep for the night. Most people need seven to nine hours of sleep for their bodies to be fully rested. Getting less sleep keeps toxins from being flushed from your system. This makes you have poor ability to focus, impaired memory, and weight gain. Dr. Siegel suggests shutting off your devices at least an hour before bedtime so your brain has time to unwind.

http://www.businessinsider.com/health-brain-body-smartphone-before-bed-2015-4?

Gmoser, Justin. “This is what happens to your brain and body when you check your smartphone before bed.” Science. Business Insider, 8 Apr 2015. Web. 27 Apr 2015.

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Few Patients Use Quality, Price Information To Make Health Decisions

by Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News

Despite the government’s push to make health information more available, few people use concrete information about doctors or hospitals to obtain better care at lower prices, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Image courtesy of [cooldesign] FreeDigitalPhotos.netPrices for the health care industry have historically been concealed and convoluted, unlike those for most other businesses. The 2010 health law aimed to make such information more transparent. People shopping for insurance can now compare the prices of competing plans through online marketplaces, including premiums, deductibles and their share of any medical expenses. The federal government also publishes more than 100 quality ratings about hospitals, as do some large private insurers. Private groups such as Consumer Reports and U.S. News & World Report also rate providers, and Internet forums such as Yelp are now littered with easily accessible opinions.

The poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that about two of three people say it is still difficult to know how much specific doctors or hospitals charge for medical treatments or procedures. (KHN is an independent program of the foundation.) Only about one in five people said they had seen specific cost or quality information about a hospital, insurer or doctor.

The poll found that this information rarely makes a difference. About 6 percent of people ever used quality information in making a decision regarding an insurer, hospital or doctor. And fewer than 9 percent used information about prices, most commonly in relation to health plans. Only 3 percent said they used price information about physicians, the poll found.

This lack of practical information may be related to another major finding from the poll: people are overconfident about their ability to pay medical bills without financial strain.

A majority of people told pollsters they had enough insurance coverage or money to pay for their usual medical costs or for an unplanned hospitalization. A majority also said paying insurance premiums, deductibles and their share of medical costs was relatively easy.

However, when asked how they would handle an unanticipated $500 medical bill, only 47 percent of insured adults under 65 said they would pay the bill in full immediately. The others said they would put it on a credit card and pay it out over time, borrow money or not be able to pay the bill at all. Not surprisingly, those bills would be a bigger problem for those who lacked insurance.

If the medical bill were $1,500—a sum that is less than the deductible in many insurance plans— 25 percent of people with insurance thought they could pay it off immediately. Another 29 percent said they would add it to their credit card debt, and 25 percent said they could not pay it at all.

The poll was conducted April 8 through 14 among 1,506 adults. It has a +/- 3 percentage point margin of error.

Kaiser Health News (KHN) is a nonprofit national health policy news service. 

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Rau, Jordan. “Few Consumers Are Using Quality, Price Information To Make Health Decisions.” News. Kaiser Health News, 21 Apr 2015. Web. 23 Apr 2015.

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Shopping Tools Save Patients Cash on Medical Care

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Vicki Burns of New Mexico needed a total hip replacement in 2012, but could not afford the hospital’s non-negotiable cash estimate of $79,000. Within two days of placing a patient request on MediBid, she received two bids. She chose a surgeon in Glendale, CA who offered a price of $13,400 – including hospital stay, anesthesia, pre-op tests, and post-surgical visits. Joint replacement surgeries and common procedures, such as colonoscopies, are the most frequent requests on MediBid. Dr. Peter LePort, a surgeon in Fountain Valley, CA who participates with MediBid, has seen a rise in patients with high deductible health insurance plans looking to pay cash for lower prices. As expenses increase, patients are demanding prices that have historically been unavailable.

When shopping around for medical care, do not assume that more expensive is better, as price does not equal quality. Prices can vary widely from website to website. Negotiating a cash price not only saves money, it can save a patient’s savings account or retirement fund.

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-healthcare-watch-20150420-story.html

Zamosky, Lisa. “Shopping tools help patients find cash prices for medical procedures.” Business. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr 2015. Web. 21 Apr 2015.

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20th Century Experiment Attempts to Turn Back Time

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Ellen Langer, a Harvard psychologist, conducted a radical experiment in 1979 – the results of which were never published. Last fall, this study was featured in the New York Times. The study examined how aging’s effects could be altered or even erased by an intervention. Nursing homes are not a stimulating environment. When removed from those surroundings and placed into an area that reminds them of their youth, the mind changes. Langer created a world of 1959, as she writes in her 2009 book “Counterclockwise”, instructing elderly men to behave as if it were really 1959. They talked about historical events as if current news, and no one carried their bags or helped them up stairs. After a week in this time warp environment, they showed improvements in strength, posture, memory, hearing, and vision – more significant changes than those of the control group. Your own expectations and those of others are powerful, the power of the mind over the body. Many negative effects of aging may be environmentally determined and can be reversed by changing the environment. Langer plans to test her theories in a new study with cancer patients, who will live as if it were 2003 (pre-illness). Some may be skeptical of the aging experiment, but evidence shows the benefits of allowing people their independence and social interaction as they get older.

http://www.businessinsider.com/ellen-langers-reversing-aging-experiment-2015-4

Friedman, Lauren F. “A radical experiment tried to make old people young again — and the results were astonishing.” Science. Business Insider, 6 Apr 2015. Web. 20 Apr 2015.

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Make Spring Cleaning a Workout

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Chores you do around the house and garden can burn calories and stretch and tone muscles if done correctly. Short episodes of mild exercise can improve your fitness level if done with intensity and speed. Adding 30 minutes of chores to a 30-minute traditional exercise activity makes for a full hour of exercise. The following are ways to change up your standard cleaning technique to get more exercise.

  • Putting on upbeat music helps you speed up.
  • Do all chores with tightened abs, which prevents slouching.
  • Stretch to knock down cobwebs or prune branches. You will feel it in your side.
  • Use large up/down movements, such as big circles for cleaning a shower.
  • Carry heavy baskets of laundry or other cleaning supplies up (or down) stairs.cleaning_supplies
  • Get on a stepladder as much as possible – making your own step class.
  • Get on your hands and knees to scrub floors, pulling dust bunnies, debris, and clutter out from under furniture.
  • Do lunges while vacuuming, bending knees no further than 90 degrees. Your thighs will feel the stretch. Use your legs to vacuum, not the arms and shoulders, which is hard on the neck and upper back. Push the vacuum from behind like a lawnmower, walking in rows across the room.
  • Put away dishes by facing forward and twisting at the waist to reach cabinets.
  • Lunge toward weeds in the garden. Some have tough roots that will require the strength of your whole body to pull.
  • Pruning requires and develops forearm strength and reaching up on your toes.
  • Pouring mulch or fertilizer from a large bag should be done in squatting position, using your legs – not your back.
  • Operating a weed-eater is a fencing-like motion, and good form should be used.
  • Beat area rugs with a clean broom rather than vacuuming, making more exercise for your arm muscles.
  • Mop with your hand on top of the handle, keeping your back straight. Use your legs to mop and lunge on each stroke.
  • Never lean over to lift anything! Bend your knees, squat down, or kneel on one knee – even to clean the toilet.

 

More physical activity in your daily routine can result in long-term fitness gains. The American Heart Association rates housework as moderate exercise. A 150-pound pervacuumson doing 30 minutes of chores can burn 92 calories cooking, 123 calories vacuuming, and 157 calories trimming shrubs. Compare this to walking for 30 minutes, which burns 155 calories. You can also lose track of time cleaning, something people at the gym never do. Every little bit of activity helps. Besides the fitness benefits of spring cleaning, you also end up with a cleaner house, nice-looking yard, and a sense of satisfaction.

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/spring-cleaning-calorie-burn

“Spring Cleaning Calorie Burn.” Fitness & Exercise. WebMD, 2005. Web. 16 Apr 2015.

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Provisioning for the Opt Out Journey

Ophthalmologist David Richardson, MD on how to prepare for opting out of Medicare. From AAPS 70th Annual Meeting, September Continue reading

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What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity

The United States was once considered the land of opportunity where entrepreneurs such as Henry Ford, Ray Kroc and Steve Continue reading

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Obamacare Fines Debut This Tax Season

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Taxes for 2014 are due this week, and your tax bill could be affected by your health insurance. If you had insurance during the entire calendar year of 2014 through an employer, a state exchange, or Medicare Part A, you can simply check that box off on your tax form. If you didn’t have coverage last year or for only part of the year, you must complete Form 8965 and calculate your penalty. This penalty is $95 or 1% of the family’s income, whichever is greater. To avoid this penalty for 2015, there is a special open enrollment period through April 30 on the exchange. The penalty increases to $325 or 2% of income for 2015 and rises to $695 or 2.5% of income in 2016.

If you received subsidies to help purchase insurance and underestimated your 2014 income, you may have to pay back the government. Subsidies make coverage more affordable to people with income 100-400 % of the federal poverty level. While 76% of people eligible for subsidies between 100-150% of poverty level enrolled in plans during 2014, only 41% of those with income 150-200% of poverty and 30% of 201-250% of poverty signed up. Those with income 400% of poverty level had only 2% sign up for health insurance on the exchange, having little motivation to do so and most likely bought coverage outside of it.

http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/khn-video-tax-deadline-meets-the-health-law/

“KHN Video: Tax Deadline Meets The Health Law.” News. Kaiser Health News, 2 Apr 2015. Web. 14 Apr 2015.

http://kaiserhealthnews.org/news/many-people-entitled-to-hefty-subsidies-still-opt-against-coverage/

Andrews, Michelle. “Many People Entitled To Hefty Subsidies Still Opt Against Coverage.” News. Kaiser Health news, 27 Mar 2015. Web. 14 Apr 2015.

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