David Longworth, MD

David Longworth, MD, is Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Medicine Institute, Medical Director of Health Hub from Cleveland Clinic and a respected expert in infectious diseases.
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4 Things You Should Know About High-Deductible Health Plans

High-deductible health plans are on the rise. For example, according to a recent study, by 2015, nearly one in three large companies will offer only high-deductible health insurance plans to employees. If you’re unfamiliar with these plans, here is the basic idea: You buy an insurance plan that comes with lower premiums than traditional plans. … Read More

4 Reasons You Should Go Digital for Health Records

If you’ve noticed your doctors using tablets in the exam room, don’t fret — they’re not playing games or watching Netflix. They’re using electronic health records (EHRs). As of 2013, 78 percent of office-based doctors were using some form of EHR, and paper files are on their way out. You don’t get to choose your … Read More

The 9 Best Ways to Be a Better Patient

You sit in an exam room and let the doctor lecture you. You don’t take notes. You don’t ask questions. As a result, you leave unsatisfied — and without understanding what comes next. Don’t be that patient. In the past, I’ve talked about the things you should expect from your doctor. But as a patient, … Read More

10 Things You Should Expect From Your Doctor

You just waited two hours for a doctor who’s running late. Once in the office, the doctor zips through a jargon-filled speech, orders a test, writes a prescription and sends you on your way. You leave in a cloud of confusion, realizing that you never even asked a question. Don’t accept this. It’s the worst-case … Read More

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Busting 4 Myths About Healthcare Reform

The national discussion about healthcare reform continues, especially as the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace coverage is set to take effect in January. Healthcare reform is a heated topic, and there is plenty of confusion about what is fact and what is fiction. As we all talk about the future of healthcare, our discussion … Read More

Healthcare Reform: 4 Changes That Affect Patients

It has been more than three years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law. In that time span, the debate over healthcare reform has remained as heated as ever. However, all politics aside, many patients wonder how the practical aspects of the law have affected their care — or will affect it … Read More

What Accountable Care Means for Patients

Let’s say you are a full-time office worker (which you may be). Is your salary based on how many tasks you perform during the day? How many reports you file? How many people you call? With some exceptions, the answer is probably no. Your salary is based on how well you do your job, including … Read More

How Is Healthcare Like Football?

Too many patients use the emergency room for primary care. Too many people have different doctors who don’t talk to each other. Too many chronically ill patients slip through the cracks of our healthcare system. There are ways to fix these problems. One of them is the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The PCMH is not … Read More

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4 Ways Value-Based Care Will Improve Your Health

You have probably heard a lot of heated debate about the future of healthcare. But have you heard a lot of helpful information? What do coming changes really mean for you, the patient? Take the concept of value-based healthcare, for example. At its most complex, value-based healthcare is an equation that balances lower cost and … Read More