Author Archives: Linda Barlow

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Tough Choices Await ACA Exchange Applicants

After more than two decades of being covered under employer-sponsored medical plans, my consultant husband and I (a freelance writer) are now in the position of having to purchase our own health coverage. We both have found the online Health Insurance Marketplace fairly easy to navigate. After entering our zip … (read full article)

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Support and Health Information for Breast Cancer Patients Just a Click Away

As we saw in last week’s post, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is helping to change the way those living with breast cancer access the information they need to live healthier.  But ACS is not the only organization that’s empowering patients, especially women, to take control of their health through innovative … (read full article)

Categories: Access to Care
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American Cancer Society Empowers Women to Make Health Decisions with Online Tools

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when our nation’s collective psyche is meant to focus on the research and support needed by the millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with or have survived breast cancer. For those of us living with breast cancer, that focus extends beyond … (read full article)

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We Need a Little Certainty

When you’ve been diagnosed with cancer like me, you’re faced with an overwhelming amount of uncertainty. Did they catch it in time? Will the treatments work? And for many cancer patients, can I afford good treatment? The Emergency Cancer Relief Fund (ECRF) could answer this question, but only if the … (read full article)

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(Medical) Home is Where the Care and Cost-Savings Are

The word “home” has many connotations: the building in which you live, the place you come from, and even the end point of a game. Now, there is a new type of home: The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH is a model of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible … (read full article)

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Cleveland Clinic’s Value-Based Care Team Improves Patient Wait Times, Saves Costs

Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Toby Cosgrove, MD, believes that the medical center is ready to “lead the charge” in delivering better patient outcomes and faster care, all at a lower cost. To that end, the Cleveland Clinic has established a Value-Based Care Team, made up of physicians, nurses and … (read full article)

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Hospitals See Early Signs of Cost-Savings through Energy Efficiency Project

Hospitals are notorious for being energy hogs. With 24/7 operation, lots of energy-consuming equipment, and strict codes for lighting, air circulation and heating/cooling, there should be little wonder why. In fact, it’s estimated that the operation and construction of hospitals uses five percent of all the energy consumed in the … (read full article)

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When the Health Care Blogger Becomes the Cancer Patient

The call came the day after my 48th birthday in April. “The radiologist saw something suspicious on your mammogram from last week…an undetermined mass,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. “We’d like you to come in for an ultrasound so we can see better.” During the ultrasound … (read full article)

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World Hepatitis Day Spotlights Importance of Early Detection to Improve Prevention and Treatment Strategies

This Sunday, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day, an observance that reminds us that hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) remains largely unknown as a major health threat. Approximately half a billion people worldwide and 4.4 million people in the U.S. live with chronic viral hepatitis, with one million deaths resulting … (read full article)

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Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month Underscores Efforts to Identify Causes and Develop Treatments

That’s right. Children get arthritis too. In fact, according to the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF), nearly 300,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA) – one of the most common childhood diseases in the country. When Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) first shows its symptoms in a child’s … (read full article)