4 Tips for Navigating Open Enrollment for Insurance

When open enrollment season for insurance arrives, you’ll face a wider range of choices than ever before — especially with a second round of enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges starting in November. Heed this expert advice: Do your homework. When shopping for a plan, start with the basics of what you’re … Read More

5 Ways to Stop Being a Passive Patient

It’s high time for patients to take an active role in their own healthcare. There was a time when many people had long-term relationships with a family doctor – someone who knew them and their families well. But today, that kind of relationship is a thing of the past. Primary care physicians move around, care … Read More

As Your Medical Care Advances, Is There a Price?

In many ways, the rising cost of healthcare is the price of a job well done. American medicine has made astonishing strides over the past 50 years. It’s given people longer, better lives. Training, research and technology advancements have enabled us to lengthen the average person’s life by nearly a decade. We’ve also improved quality … Read More

The Day of the Passive Patient Is Over

Healthcare is a team sport. And you – the patient – are the No. 1 draft pick. It’s your body, your health, your life. Why shouldn’t you have a voice – and a strong one – in your own care? The day of the passive patient is over. It’s time to take charge of your … Read More

When Caregivers Become Patients (Video)

Imagine you work in the health care industry: You have the knowledge. You make the rules. Until one day you yourself experience a major health problem. Suddenly, everything changes. Now, you’re the patient in the bed. You’re the one who’s helpless and dependent. That’s what happened to the health care workers in this video. The … Read More

Medical Cost Control Is a Patriotic Duty

In 1960, President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Now, as 2013 winds down, we’re all wondering:  What will the government do for healthcare – and what will healthcare do for the people of the United States. We’ve gotten ourselves … Read More

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

Taking Expense, Unpredictability Out of Healthcare

Americans talk about our healthcare “system.” But it’s not really a system at all. It’s a hodgepodge. We have about 800,000 doctors in the United States. Some doctors work in hospitals. Some work in groups. About 40 percent are on their own. These small-scale practitioners deliver healthcare as kind of a cottage industry: intimate, craftsmanlike, … Read More

Electronic Medical Records Transform Patient Care

Contributor: A. Marc Harrison, MD, CEO, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi When it became possible to digitize medical records, it made life better for patients. The Electronic Medical Record (EMR) has had far-reaching effects on medicine – driving up access, safety, transparency, operational excellence and quality. Very few patients around the world have free access to … Read More