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The Higgs Field and Health Care Reform

The Higgs Field and Health Care Reform

The Democratization of Health Care: The Higgs Field and Health Care Reform Huffington Post: Posted: 07/24/2012 4:04 pm Almost simultaneous with the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the announcement by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) of the identification of a subatomic particle that appears to confirm the existence of […]

Smallers Call for a Round Three

Smallers Call for a Round Three

The Democratization of Health Care: Smallers Call for a Round Three Huffington Post: Posted: 07/17/2012 The Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act brought to a grinding halt in the second round of the great American health reform debate. The first round culminated in President Obama signing the bill […]

50% of People Living with Diabetes Require Hospital Care Every Year.

50% of People Living with Diabetes Require Hospital Care Every Year.

Diabetes hospitalizations in the United States have been rising steadily since 2000.  About half of all people with diabetes are now either visiting the emergency room or being hospitalized every year.  Costs of hospitalization have increased as well, totaling about $85 billion in 2008. We analyzed data from the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare […]

Who are Dual Eligibles and Why is Government Giving them the Shuffle?

Who are Dual Eligibles and Why is Government Giving them the Shuffle?

Texmed.org: 9-4-202 Hundreds of patients and their doctors joined forces Tuesday in McAllen, Texas, urging state legislators to rescind budget cuts that are harming access to care for thousands of dual-eligible patients — those who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid. Texas’ new payment policy on services doctors provide to these patients has created a […]

The Independent Payment Advisory Board

The Independent Payment Advisory Board

The Democratization of Health Care: The Independent Payment Advisory Board Huff Post: Gary Puckrein –  Posted: 03/ 4/2012 2:46 pm. You probably missed this one, but this bit of legislation will have profound implications not only for your health, but the health of our economy. A provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) created […]

Whose Money Is It?

Whose Money Is It?

The Democratization of Health Care: Whose Money Is It? Huff Post: Gary Puckrein – Posted: 02/16/2012 2:36 pm. I hate to say “I told you so” but, as we discussed in my Jan. 31 post, (The Case Against Individual Retail Transactions), with the democratization of health care we can expect moments when we will hear cries […]

Clinical Research and Quality Health Care for Minority Populations

Clinical Research and Quality Health Care for Minority Populations

The Democratization of Health Care: Clinical Research and Quality Health Care for Minority Populations Huff Post: Gary Puckrein – Posted: 02/ 7/2012 5:38 pm. A just released report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) has triggered for me, yet again, a concern: The America clinical research system is not designed to maximize the potential for the best […]

The Democratization of Health Care: The Case Against Individual Retail Transactions

The Democratization of Health Care: The Case Against Individual Retail Transactions

Huff Post: Gary Puckrein – Posted: 01/31/2012 9:07 pm Many of us would like to disavow it, but the federal government, with all of its dissonance, is a walking manifestation of our collective voice — 130 million voting Americans (last presidential election) pulling in as many different directions. When we look at the resulting odd […]

The Democratization of Health Care: A Frame of Reference

The Democratization of Health Care: A Frame of Reference

Huff Post: Gary Puckrein – Posted: 12/15/11 04:11 PM ET. In the pre-release preface to Essential Benefits: Balancing Coverage and Cost, the Institute of Medicine articulated the purpose of the report as giving guidance to the secretary of health and human services regarding the “essential health care benefits that must be offered to individuals and small […]

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