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Foundation Funding to Educate, Train, and Expand the Health Professions Workforce

With implementation of the Affordable Care Act moving forward, one of the major challenges confronting US health care is determining how many health professionals will be needed, especially in primary care, to treat those who will be newly insured in 2014. Separately, as has been well documented by the John A. Hartford Foundation and others, millions of baby boomers are reaching their sixties, and many will need care by professionals well versed in geriatric care. Read more

Is ‘good’ cholesterol actually bad?

Remember when we learned that hormone replacement therapy might harm—rather than help—postmenopausal women?  Or when the new PSA testing guidelines turned conventional wisdom on its head?  Remember the droves of anxious patients who worried that they had been mistreated, overtreated, or misled?  Read more

Taking the Patient Into Consideration

I just read a very thought-provoking article in a recent New England Journal of Medicine that discussed the concept of goal-oriented patient care. Read more

Removing Barriers to Diabetes Treatment

The Diabetes Working Group, composed of representatives from various medical associations, recently released a white paper containing recommendations for addressing barriers that prevent providers from delivering appropriate care to patients with diabetes. Read more

National Public Health Week

This week is National Public Health Week.  Start small, think big: We can make it happen! Read more

The Patients Have Spoken…

In overwhelming numbers, patients express interest in exploring the notes that their primary doctors write about them after an office visit, but doctors worry about the impact of such transparency on their patients and on their own workflow, according to a study just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Read more

Social Barriers Impact Health, Too

An on-line survey of 1000 primary care physicians suggests that social barriers–such as a lack of access to basic housing, transportation, and nutritious foods–can impact patient health as much as access to direct medical care.  The survey was conducted in September and October 2011 on behalf of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   Read more

Linking Insurance Premiums to Wages

A recent article in the Washington Post describes an interesting scenario, whereby health insurance premiums within a company are linked to workers' wages.

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When “More” is not “Better”

Once again, it appears that ‘more’ medical care is not necessarily the ‘best’ medical care. Read more

Do We Really Need to Screen All Children for High Cholesterol?

An expert panel has recently recommended that all children, regardless of family history, undergo universal screening for elevated cholesterol levels. The panel recommends that adolescents undergo lipid screening for non-fasting non-HDL-cholesterol levels or a fasting lipid panel between the ages of 9 and 11 years followed by another full lipid screening test between 18 and 21 years of age. Read more

Blogging, Linked-in, Facebook? Oh my!

I’m finally able to define social media–

“Social media is the process of people using online tools and platforms to share content and information through conversation and communication.”

Sounds like a perfect vehicle for healthcare organizations!

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When the Hype Outpaces the Medical Evidence

What’s a responsible healthcare provider to do when the hype for an unproven medical procedure far exceeds the evidence?   Read more

Reimbursements for “Traditional Medicine”

Molina Healthcare, one of the two administrators of Utah’s Medicaid program, will now reimburse native American patients who choose to use the services of a traditional healer. Read more

Dr. Google?

A new survey of 2,983 U.S. physicians suggests that among doctors, Google outpaces medical search engines by a factor of 2:1.  Among those surveyed, 87% turned to Google for medical reference compared to 43% each for WebMD and PubMed.   Read more

Free Webinar Series for People with MS

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America and the National Disability Institute are presenting a free, four-part webinar series designed to assist the MS community in learning about strategies to protect and improve their financial well-being.  For more information, go to:

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