Author Archives: David Sheon

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Lowering Hospital Readmissions through Remote Monitoring of Post-Acute Patients: The University of Virginia Health System – Broad Axe Care Coordination Model

One of the less known policies of the Affordable Care Act, the Hospitals Readmission Reduction Program, requires that hospitals with higher than national average readmission rates for certain medical conditions and surgical procedures be penalized.  For many hospitals, the readmission penalties result in millions of dollars in profit lost. A … (read full article)

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How to Manage an Outbreak: The Ebola Story

Last week, Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gave an update explaining how the current Ebola epidemic is being managed, avoiding an even more disastrous outbreak and avoiding many deaths worldwide.  Dr. Frieden spoke at a joint conference held by the Kaiser … (read full article)

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What Happens When an Investigational Drug Cures Some Patients, but not Most?

To date, 179,158 clinical studies have been registered on ClinicalTrials.gov. Though the majority of these trials result in unsuccessful attempts to bring a drug to market, an untold number of lives have been saved or extended as a result of the successes. But how many lives were saved by drugs … (read full article)

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The 21st Century Cures Initiative…And a Bold Plan

The one thing that Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives agree on is that they just don’t agree. It’s an old, tired state of affairs and the resulting gridlock affects everything from education to crime to defense. Thanks to two typical party rivals, this unfortunate paradigm may be … (read full article)

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Inspiring Older Patients to Seek Online Communities: How the National Osteoporosis Foundation Engages Over 19,000 Middle-Aged and Senior Women and Men

By David Sheon   When it comes to talking about health, online communities are turning shades of gray. Websites hosting online patient communities, such as Inspire.com, are bringing seniors together on a common platform where they can learn about their condition from other patients in similar situations.  Inspire offers discussion … (read full article)

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Artist Turned Health Advocate: An Interview with Regina Holliday

By David Sheon Artist Regina Holliday uses her talent to change the way health care professionals see and experience their patients.  Her innovative approach to draw attention to the needs of patients to be treated as individuals has already impressed thousands of health care practitioners.   When her husband suddenly … (read full article)

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Research America Wants YOU to Support Public and Private Sector Investment in Research!

We’ll be live blogging today from the National Health Research Forum: Straight Talk about the Future of Medical and Health Research at Newseum.  Sponsored by Celgene, Johnson & Johnson, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, TEVA, Genentech, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, we’re pleased to bring you updates … (read full article)

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How a Teaspoon of “Exponential Growth” Learning Can Help Keep the Doctor Away

A certain doctor of mine, who shall remain nameless, refuses to use anything but the fax machine to communicate with his patients when they are not in the office.  Need a copy of your invoice with his name, license number, and the billing codes for service? His office is happy … (read full article)

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Keeping Minds of Seniors Sharp: Some Answers Emerge

As a member of the Atari Generation, I remember my parents telling me to limit my time playing video games. Well guess what? Now I can tell them that if they want to improve their ability to fight cognitive decline, they should increase their time playing video games – at … (read full article)

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Live Updates from 15th Annual Patient Assistance & Access Programs

Because this blog is all about increasing access, lowering costs, and improving patient outcomes, we think there’s no better place for us to share ideas that work than to report live from the 15th Annual Patient Assistance & Access Program, in Baltimore, March 5-7.  Check back often as we publish … (read full article)

Categories: Access to Care