A proposed “Medicare Essential” plan, that bundles all parts of Medicare services – hospital, clinician, prescription drug, and commonly purchased supplemental coverage – could save the system $180 billion over the next 10 years while improving care for recipients. According to a new report from the Commonwealth Fund and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public… Read More Medicare Essential plan worth considering
Secretary of Health and Human services Kathleen Sebelius announced the department’s 2014 budget today, with strong support for mental health and anti-gun violence services. Flanked by a dozen agency heads, including CDC, NIH, Indian Health, and Department of Aging, Sebelius discussed the need to balance fiscal responsibility with ensuring the nation’s health and scientific leadership.… Read More Focus on Mental Health in New HHS Budget
It’s always exhilarating watching a Presidential inauguration. The pomp and pageantry celebrates more than 200 years of orderly transition of government. Under the mantle of our 44th President, the next four years hold some exciting changes for health care. Here’s a brief look at what 2013 will bring. 2013 is primarily a transition year. By… Read More Obama 2.0 – What’s next for healthcare?
Should you be fired for refusing a flu shot? That’s apparently the fate of some health care workers, according to recent news reports. It is a front page story in this week’s issue of Modern Healthcare. Health workers are also patients; the Patient’s Bill of Rights says they may accept or refuse any proposed treatment… Read More Patient Privacy vs. Public Health Interest
If Romney gets elected the pro-consumer provisions in the Affordable Care Act disappear.… Read More Health Under Mitt