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No Means No Except When It Comes To Healthcare

Over the past couple of years we’ve heard a lot about “comparative effectiveness research”. In medicine, it’s used used to determine which medical tests and procedures work best so we can get more value for our dollar and better healthcare. These are the clinical trials which either compares a new drug to a placebo or […]

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Help Contain Healthcare Costs and Get Better and Safer Healthcare

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to contain our skyrocketing healthcare costs. To me it appears that healthcare costs started going up once Medicare was passed into law. Fundamentally, it’s the way Medicare reimburses providers. They use a pay for procedure system that has not fundamentally changed in decades. Insurance companies similarly reimburse by procedure. This type of payment system […]

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Medicare Won’t Go Broke-But It’s Time To Stop Wasting Money

We hear a lot about cutting government spending, but what exactly do we cut? In David Leonhardt’s article in today’s Times, he states that if we make modest cuts to all programs, excluding Social Security and Medicare, we might save $200 billion by 2035. By then annual spending for Medicare will have grown more than $1 […]

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Comparative-Effectiveness Research Will Lead to Value-Added Healthcare

We’ve all heard about “comparative effectiveness research”. The new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, will establish a panel of professionals to determine which medical practices provide quality and value. I mean value not only in the monetary sense but also in the human sense; what is best for the patient and his own values and […]

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Misinformation About Healthcare Reform

With my duties as a volunteer for AARP, I have had the privilege and honor to participate in health fairs and town hall meetings concerning healthcare reform. However, I must admit that I have been astonished and dismayed at some of the rumors that are going around. Chief among them, is that healthcare reform will […]

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