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Integrating Our Way Toward Universal Health Care in America

Source: Consumerist Mike Magee Would you be willing to subject yourself to a 3.3% payroll tax (and your employer to a 6.7% payroll tax) to gain access to reliable simple universal health coverage – one that provided choice in and out of network, one that would cover all citizens, and one that has drawn the […]

How Do We Compare To Ourselves in Health Care?

          David Blumenthal M. D. of the Commonwealth Fund did a little comparison shopping in a JAMA article on Health Care Reform. But instead of simply comparing our system to those in Europe, he compared us to ourselves. Here’s what he had to say: “Given some Americans’ skepticism of foreign experience, […]

Audit for the New Health Care Professional

Mike Magee In the shift from old models of paternalistic, reactive and interventional care to anticipatory, team-based, inclusive preventive care, health professionals need to think more strategically about their roles as leaders of the health delivery team. What is health really but the maximization of human potential? How do we best connect patients to information, […]

Lewin Report: “Uh Oh – Health Care Costs Are Skyrocketing Again!”

Jack Lewin Health care costs went up by over 5% in 2015 after a mind boggling 7-year run of relatively flat costs.  But in 2016 — and for the next few years — the annual increase is thought by CBO and others to be 8% or more. Private insurance and even the new Affordable Healthcare Act […]

Collapsing Databases in Health Care

Mike Magee Three enormous health databases are in the process of going virtual or electronic. The first of these is the Clinical Research Database or CRD. On the back end of the Vioxx withdrawal, conflict of interest concerns, and legitimate health consumer desires for early access to discovery information, major research databases moved toward open transparency. […]

Listening Roadtrip on Education: A Model for Health Care?

Marc Porter Magee Ever wonder if people in New England think differently about education than people in the South? The West vs. the Midwest? We did and the result is 50CAN’s Education Roadtrip, an interactive journey through the education views of 6,400 Americans across the eight major regions of the country. The idea for this project […]

The 62 Billion Dollar Question: Can Health Care Overcome Geography?

Mike Magee Sixty-two billion. That is what Medicare spent in 2012 on post-acute care. (1,2) “Post-Acute Care” is the term applied to various types of intermediate care provided to newly released patients from an acute care hospital. The care is provided by home health agencies in the home or by brick and mortar employees at […]

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