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Health Care Innovation is a Game That Everyone Can Play

Why?  Because everyone has been a patient, experienced a pain point, identified an unmet need, or had an idea to improve the health care experience.  However, one of the really challenging parts of health care innovation is that, while there are a lot of respectable ideas out there, the vast … (read full article)

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The Caregiver Act and AARP’s CARE Act Aim to Reduce Readmissions

Hospitals nationwide have gone to great lengths in an effort to reduce readmissions and improve patient quality. However, despite these concerted efforts, hospitals continue to incur fines from Medicare for excessive rates of patient readmissions, which are projected to total more than $428 million. Even worse, readmissions cost patients a … (read full article)

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Many Insured Americans Not Getting the Healthcare They Need

Last month, FamiliesUSA.org issued a sobering report about the disconnect between having medical insurance and receiving the healthcare one needs. The report concluded that for many Americans with non-group coverage (as opposed to having insurance from an employer or a public coverage program), deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs are prohibitively … (read full article)

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Awareness and Assistance Are Crucial to Fighting Hepatitis C

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a time when the healthcare and patient advocacy communities rally support for the millions of Americans afflicted with the disease, including an estimated 3.2 million suffering from chronic Hepatitis C (also known as HCV). Over time, chronic Hepatitis C can cause serious health problems, including … (read full article)

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A Tale of Two Liver Transplants: Altruistic Compassion for a Compassionate Altruist

“Talk about your life changing in an instant,” Helen said, remembering her first diagnosis of acute liver failure. The doctor told her family there was nothing more to be done, and she was given two weeks to live. Helen Bozzo had spent most of her time being a mother. Her … (read full article)

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ACA Update: When Medical Insurance Doesn’t Result in Medical Care

Amid continuing partisan debate on Capitol Hill about the Affordable Care Act, the facts are clear: the law has significantly reduced the number of uninsured Americans. Last week the federal government issued a report indicating more than 16 million people who did not have health insurance before have gained coverage … (read full article)

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Speaking With: Neil Smiley on the Advantages of Narrow Healthcare Networks

Editor’s Note: Narrow healthcare networks have evolved as health insurance companies attempt to control costs and manage care. Even though these systems limit participants’ choice of doctors and hospitals, they are serving to better align services with patient needs. Neil Smiley, CEO, Loopback Analytics shares his thoughts on why the … (read full article)

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How HealthWell Foundation’s MS Fund Helped Charlie Get His Life Back on Track

A Note from Our Sponsor: March is National MS Education and Awareness Month. Are you, or is someone you love, an MS patient on Medicare in Need of Financial Assistance? Click here to visit the HealthWell Foundation’s eligibility page. Charlie Barron was raised to set goals, make plans, get things … (read full article)

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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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Elder Care: Living Independently Thanks to Coordinated, Compassionate Care

Vera Brown of Churchville, Pa., was like many elderly Americans. She had multiple health issues including decreased mobility, degenerative joint disease, progressive dementia and aphasia from a stroke. But unlike some in her situation, she was able to live comfortably in her own home until her death in October, thanks … (read full article)