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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.
  • What America’s Decline in Economic Freedom Means for Entrepreneurship and Prosperity April 16, 2015
    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 …
  • Health “Coverage” is Just a Distraction April 10, 2015
    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 …
  • Text Neck – Your Phone is Causing You Pain April 8, 2015
    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 …
  • Fat-Burning Foods Help with Weight Loss April 3, 2015
    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 …
  • Small Business Coverage Uncertain Future with Association Health Plans March 23, 2015
    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 …
  • Outpatient Surgery Saves Patients Time and Money March 20, 2015
    The death of Joan Rivers after a routine procedure has some asking about the safety of outpatient surgical centers. First off, it is important to make sure to know if you are a good candidate for surgery and what to …
  • Study Finds Hormones Can Help Younger Women Through Menopause March 18, 2015
    Hormone replacement therapy used to only be given to women who had completed menopause, relieving hot flashes, sleeplessness, and other symptoms. In 2009, about 8 million women used HRT, most over the age of 60. A recent Cochrane review finds …
  • Retail Health Care Clinics Multiply with Increasing Demand March 16, 2015
    Integrated care facilities offer primary care, specialty services, labs, and diagnostics all under one roof. These clinics follow a model common in Latin America. This consumer-focused type of providing medical care is gaining in popularity and increasing in number since …
  • Avoiding Caregiver Burnout March 13, 2015
    Over 43.5 million Americans care for older parents, grandparents, spouses, or other loved ones. Most family caregivers are spouses or children. The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming and can take a toll on your health, relationships, and sanity – …
  • It is Safe to Assume They Lie March 11, 2015
    by G. Keith Smith, MD I laugh every time I see headlines bragging about the number of people enrolled in “Obamacare.”  What choice to people have, after all?  ”Buy this crappy insurance plan (that you wouldn’t buy unless you were …
  • FinalHayes1 March 11, 2015

Last Week Was Busy in Regard to Health Care Reform…Here are the Updates

legal, illegal, insurance, medical, healthcare Last week was busy in regard to Health Care Reform. Here are some of the updates:

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a joint filing by 26 states, led by Florida, that challenges Obamacare. Five and a half hours of oral arguments are scheduled, and they will broach the subject of the constitutionality of the law’s key provision, the “individual mandate”, and whether the entire law with its 450 sections must be scrapped if it is proved to be unconstitutional. The justices also announced that they will also consider a challenge to what many consider an even more central provision of the statute, the extension of Medicaid to cover a greater number of the poor. Individual states provide part of  Medicaid’s funding, and they say the expansion amounts to an unconstitutional coercion of state governments. Joining Florida in the challenge are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Virginia and Oklahoma have filed separate challenges, along with other groups and individuals opposed to the law. Friday, the Supreme Court announced two veteran Washington, D.C., attorneys, H. Bartow Farr III and Robert Long will be arguing the health care case. Long, a partner at Covington & Burling, will argue that lawsuits challenging the insurance purchase requirement, a provision known as the individual mandate, are barred because the penalty has yet to be imposed. … Farr, a partner at Farr & Taranto, will argue that if government cannot require people to buy health insurance, all other provisions of the law can go into effect (Vicini, 11/18).

Last Wednesday, health care reform took a step in the right direction when the House unanimously voted 422-0 to undo the health care reform provision allowing some individuals of middle class status to qualify for Medicaid. This is the most substantial change to Obamacare since the repeal of 1099 reporting requirements, and it is fully supported by the Obama Administration.

The subject of Medicare’s physician payment system was also approach Wednesday when Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) sent the deficit-cutting supercommittee a detailed proposal to overhaul the current system. The proposal outlined a 2.5 percent annual bump in pay for generalists in hopes to attract more medical students to primary care, and for specialists, a flat payments in 2012 with an annual increase of 0.5 percent from 2013 through 2016. This bill was proposed to replace the currently scheduled 27.4% cut in Medicare reimbursements to be implemented on Jan 1st. This cut has been postponed by temporary patched for years, and Schwartz’s plan would save money in comparison to implementing another patch. Her plan also calls for reimbursement based on coordination and quality of care rather than the standard fee for service, and a gradual decrease in payments start with  2% in 2018, 3% in 2019, 4% in 2020 5% in 2021.

 An exemption for medical plans sold to Americans overseas was requested Wednesday by four health insurers led by Cigna Corp. (CI). If the request is denied, the insurers threaten to move the management of the plans to offshore locations, which would lead to the loss of about 1,100 U.S. jobs. Fifteen members of Congress signed a letter detailing this threat to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and they ask for quick action to save the jobs, almost half of which would be at Cigna’s international unit in Claymont, Delaware.

 

 

 



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