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Patient of the Month: Charles Fazio’s recovery from heart bypass surgery, kidney failure, and financial crisis

Patient of the Month is a new regular feature from Real World Health Care to illustrate the challenges and successes of the American health care system through the experiences of inspiring survivors. Charles Fazio wasn’t sure how he could survive another health crisis. Just three years after his four-way heart … (read full article)

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Four benefits of electronic health records

Leaders from industry, academia, and health care discuss the rollout of this technology at The Atlantic’s sixth annual Health Care Forum Today The Atlantic Health Care Forum brought together leading policymakers and industry experts in medicine, public health, and nutrition to have conversations about the state of the nation’s health … (read full article)

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The Hospital Fast Food Debate: How a Simple, Low-cost Idea can Improve What People in Hospitals Eat

Back in April 2012, nearly two dozen hospitals that host fast food restaurant chains received a letter from an advocacy group asking them to evict their fast food tenants and to “stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health.” But as it turns out, many of these outlets … (read full article)

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It’s Not Over Yet: Addressing Part Two of the Door-to-Balloon Time Initiative’s Success

From the very first sign of a heart attack, the clock starts ticking in the race to save a patient’s heart muscle and even his or her life. Thanks to technology and finely tuned systems of heart attack care that are now available in communities throughout the United States, we … (read full article)

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Why We Give to HealthWell Foundation – and Why You Should Too

As the head of a communications strategy shop that helps clients in science, technology, and health care, I encounter a seemingly endless number of organizations that want to do good for society and the planet.  Why then have the WHITECOAT Strategies employees – who serve as editors of Real World … (read full article)

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Why Revenue Matters to Patient Care

What approaches can pharmacists embrace to more effectively adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of U.S. health care? It’s exactly this question that Philip E. Johnson, RPh, FASHP, the oncology director for Premier, Inc, a health care improvement company, explores in the December edition of Pharmacy Practice News: “Protecting oncology … (read full article)

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Striking the Right Balance for Better Patient Outcomes

A recent article in Health Affairs reports that ChenMed – which serves low-to-moderate income elderly patients primarily through the Medicare Advantage program – is achieving better health outcomes for Medicare-eligible seniors, including those living with five or more major and chronic health conditions.  Dozens of Chen and JenCare Neighborhood Medical Centers are helping tens of thousands of seniors … (read full article)

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Are Shorter Doctor’s Office Wait Times Just a Phone Call Away?

Nobody likes to wait, especially at the doctor’s office. No one knows for sure what will happen to wait times, which average from about 16 minutes to just over 24 minutes nationwide according to Vitals – as 30 million more Americans obtain health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. But it stands to reason … (read full article)

Categories: Access to Care
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More Patients Choosing Hospice “Comfort Care” Option

In today’s health care environment, so much attention is paid to preventing and eradicating disease to improve health outcomes. But for patients facing terminal illness or life-limiting conditions, accessing quality care can be a frightening and lonely challenge. That’s where hospice comes in as an option for more and more people. … (read full article)

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This is Not Your Father’s Oldsmobile, Nor Your Child’s Social Network

Does social networking conjure images of teenagers who share seemingly worthless online videos of watermelons dropped from atop buildings? Well get this: Americans OVER age 45 represent the largest percentage increase in social media usage in the past year, now up to 38 percent in 2012, compared to 31 percent in 2011 (Source: Edison Research). … (read full article)

Categories: Access to Care