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2018 goal—fix health care

So that might not happen, but at the very least a continuing resolution for CHIP, children’s health insurance that covers nearly 9 million kids, is achievable. As for the rest; it is important to have goals. I’ve got faith. http://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/366668-from-chip-reauthorization-to-drug-prices-heres-whats-in-store-for-2018

Friendly neighborhood sick person weighs in on health care debate.

When I used to freak out about losing my health insurance/access to care, not being able to afford medicine, I always pictured my parents losing their house to pay my medical bills. It was the greatest loss imaginable. In the past months my catastrophizing has changed. Now, my mother won’t sell her home, cash out […]

Last week in health care

As far as health news for Americans last week was, much like a circus fire, INTENSE. Here in the Capital “Thunder” Dome there was the braying of donkeys, the stampeding of elephants, the crunching sound of every member of the health care community beating their skulls against the walls, and the immense heat of electronic […]

Must Watch: Xeni Jardin and having cancer before the ACA

Health care is life. Losing your insurance because you need care is punishment for getting sick. What would repealing the Affordable Care Act mean for those fighting cancer? pic.twitter.com/0SAeU3heX7 — AJ+ (@ajplus) February 8, 2017 I know my fellow old timers in the health care business can remember a time when patients would ask, beg, […]

Medicaid block grant HC Triage and a quiz.

So you’re an audio/visual learner. Maybe you prefer to watch Aaron Carroll talk about Medicaid block grants on Healthcare Triage. Five minutes to being smart enough to policy wrestle any date in the D.C. metro area this week. THERE WILL BE A QUIZ. 1.) What are some of the “perverse incentives” created by Medicaid’s current […]

I got Obamacare 

No big story here. I got myself some Obamacare. Except this is a life changing event for little-old lupus having me who in my early 20s could not imagine a day when I was not somebody’s full time employee and/or spouse. I feel like some dependent wife in the fifties who needed her husband’s signature […]

Cancer is expensive and price transparency is a little bit helpful.

I intend to triple with this piece: deets about the cost burden of cancer, a bit of personal history, and a plug for the ACA. Cancer is an industry that for many reasons that make sense and some that are disgusting and controversial (but I’m not fighting that battle today) is full to bursting with […]

Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings | Kaiser Health News

Of the 102 hospitals that received a five-star rating, few are among the elite generally praised for great care. Major academic health centers did not shine. Is the star rating an unfair measure? Source: Many Well-Known Hospitals Fail To Score 5 Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings | Kaiser Health News My hospital scored four stars, […]

United States Health Care Reform:  Progress to Date and Next Steps | JAMA | JAMA Network

The president got published in JAMA! This is a lovely, academic, chock-full-of line graphs sum up of the past 6 years of changes. Uninsured rates are way down, access and quality measures improving. The economy has responded positively. The health care world is topsy-turvy, and it is undeniably rough in the ranks of hospital management. […]

Universal health care through the lens of national history, identity.

The Lancet-The Trap of History Every country has its own story, its own fears and dark shadows. One of the biggest unacknowledged challenges facing global health is adapting evidence to these national stories, resolving a persistent and troubling discrepancy between knowledge, history, and identity. A MUST READ. Also though not directly related, an argument for […]

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