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, with lots of personal attention. But as doctors, we need to ask ourselves what’s best for the patient. Many people believe that healthcare is best delivered by larger practice entities – and I agree.

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

Would You Share Your Doctor’s Visit?

Imagine a different kind of doctor’s visit: You’re sitting in a room with a group of patients as your doctor and other medical staff address the group. It’s still a doctor’s visit — your vitals are taken and your medications and lab results may be discussed — but it’s done in a group setting. It’s … Read More

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Redefining ‘Cancer’ in a New Age

This post by Dr. Mikkael Sekeres is in response to a National Cancer Institute-backed group’s recommendation to change the definition of cancer, published July 29, 2013 in The Journal of the American Medical Association. The group recommends eliminating the word from some common diagnoses in an effort to change the approach to cancer detection and treatment.

Healthcare Changes Happening Now

America, get ready. You’re about to wake up to a whole new world of healthcare. We are moving from a healthcare system of the 1950’s into a model better suited for a population of the 21st century. The old-fashioned hospital is about to be integrated into a regional system of specialized facilities that will streamline care, avoid duplication of services and deliver better outcomes. And that’s only one of many changes.

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

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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

How a Healthier Lifestyle Will Reduce the Deficit

Our nation faces two grave challenges: the federal deficit and the rising cost of healthcare. I would like to suggest that both of these challenges can be addressed by a single transformation. I truly believe that if we can get our nation healthy, we can save a lot of money and a lot of lives.