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Medicare Won’t Go Broke-Take Advantage of Medicare’s 5 Star Quality Rating

As we discussed previously, starting in 2011, the subsidy that the government has been giving to private Medicare plans will decrease over the next three to seven years. At that point, Medicare Advantage plans will get about the same dollar amount per member as original Medicare does. The government will also reward Advantage plans that provide […]

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Ashamed to be a Democrat

I never thought I would say this, but I am ashamed to be a Democrat. I’ve worked tirelessly over the last 7 months trying to help inform my friends and neighbors about why health insurance reform is critical for us and future generations (please excuse my ranting). I watched as the party who was given […]

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Don’t Shed Tears Over Proposed Cuts in Payments to Doctors

You read alot about doctors threatening not to take care of Medicare patients if their reimbursement rates are cut.  There was an interesting story that was posted by Dr. Christopher Hughes, a member of Doctors for America who tries to put the compensation “wows” of American physicians into perspective: Dr. Y was residing in Louisiana at […]

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Support Long-Term Care Reform

The problems with long-term care in this country became strikingly evident to me as I witnessed both my own and my wife’s parents suffer not only from chronic illnesses and other end-of-life issues, but also from a woefully inadequate system of care. We had to deal with an ineffective, fragmented healthcare system that provided expensive, duplicate, and […]

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Make No Mistake PSA Is A Bad Screening Test for Prostate Cancer

Please don’t be confused with the recent reports about PSA testing; it is crystal clear that PSA is not a good test to screen asymptomatic men for prostate cancer. Although it has been used as a screening tool for more than 2 decades, it wasn’t until this week that the results of a clinical trial […]

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