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I treat patients on Medicaid, and I don’t see undeserving poor people

I treat patients on Medicaid, and I don’t see undeserving poor people

Medicaid is health insurance provided by the government for the most vulnerable among us – the poor, disabled, and elderly. The coverage is not generous, but it is comprehensive. It provides a safety net.

March 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
Scrutinizing Medicare coverage for physical, occupational and speech therapy

Scrutinizing Medicare coverage for physical, occupational and speech therapy

For years, confusion has surrounded the conditions under which older adults can receive physical, occupational and speech therapy covered by Medicare. Services have been terminated for some seniors because therapists said they weren’t making sufficient progress. Others have been told that they reached an annual limit on services and didn’t qualify for further care.

March 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

At least 40 percent of active drug users wrestle with depression, anxiety or another mental health issue that increases the risk of suicide.

March 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense?

Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense?

A decade ago, most patients were informed over the phone or in person by the doctor who had ordered testing and could explain the results. But in the past few years, hospitals and medical practices have urged patients to sign up for portals, which allow them rapid, round-the-clock access to their records.

March 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it’s not clear who should pay for them

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it’s not clear who should pay for them

Gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Yet many people with rare diseases that could be treated in this way may never benefit from these therapies because they are too expensive for drug companies to develop, or too costly for the patient or health service to afford.

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Six ways to get teenagers more active – suggested by the teens themselves

Six ways to get teenagers more active – suggested by the teens themselves

Researchers who design physical activity schemes often do not speak directly to the groups they want to target. For our latest project, we wanted to give young people the chance to make their own recommendations to help others of the same age be more active now, and carry on being active in the future.

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
As Trump targets immigrants, elderly brace to lose caregivers

As Trump targets immigrants, elderly brace to lose caregivers

Nationwide, 1 million immigrants work in direct care — as personal care attendants or home health aides. Immigrants make up 1 in 4 workers. Turnover is high, he said, because the work is difficult and wages are low

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Federal ban on methadone vans seen as barrier to treatment

Federal ban on methadone vans seen as barrier to treatment

Mobile methadone vans have served people with opioid addiction in rural towns and underserved inner-city neighborhoods for nearly three decades. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which regulates dispensing of the FDA-approved addiction medicine, has refused to license any new methadone vans since 2007 over concerns about potential diversion of the medication.

March 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Poll: Americans aghast over drug costs but aren’t holding their breath for a fix

Poll: Americans aghast over drug costs but aren’t holding their breath for a fix

Of those polled, 72 percent think the drug industry has too much influence in Washington —outweighing the 69 percent who feel that way about Wall Street or the 52 percent who think the NRA has too much power. Only the large-business community outranked drugmakers.

March 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washington Healthplanfinder Enrolls Record Number of Residents

Washington Healthplanfinder Enrolls Record Number of Residents

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that 209,802 customers used Washington Healthplanfinder to purchase a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) for 2018 coverage during the most recent open enrollment period. This total is a nearly three percent increase over last year and is 50 percent higher than the number of enrollees recorded following the first open enrollment period in 2014.

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More