Archive for the 'Health Care Anyone?' Category

Accountable Care Organizations; Die, Die, Die!!

The Final rule making regarding ACO’s (Accountable Care Organizations) was released in March. Since then, no further detailed information has emerged. It appears to be an almost identical version of what was originally released in the ACA. I can’t understand why it took so long for people to review and begin digesting the ACO model. […]

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A Fat Tax We Can All Live With

Arizona’s governor, Janice Brewer, announced last April the state’s intention to consider a “fat tax” for overweight individuals on Arizona’s Medicaid roles.  The tax would cost $50 per year and only be levied on childless adults.  According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), approximately 25% of the state’s Medicaid recipients are overweight.  The tax […]

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Violence In A Health Care Setting Is Still Unacceptable

Most instances of violence against health care providers occur in relation to psychiatric patients and facilities.  Just because a patient is a psychiatric patient, doesn’t excuse the person or their behavior. But, take a step back and consider violence in the non-psychiatric patient population. I was actually considering writing about an anecdotal experience at a […]

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Customer Satisfaction Does Not Equal Quality Healthcare

The new healthcare reform law appears to be using the idea of improved quality to justify the enormous expense of changing the way care is delivered in the United States.  As a justification for the need for change is the reporting currently being touted as a great measure of quality.  This information is gathered in […]

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A Return to Simpler, Cheaper Health Care?

or I’m Not Your Daddy I’m Your Grandpa Much is being written about the ever increasing cost of health care in the US, especially compared to the rest of the developed world.  As a nation, we spend nearly 16% of our GDP on health care.  All estimates predict that this amount will continue increasing unless […]

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