Eliminating The Medicaid Expansion May Cause More Damage Than Congress Realizes
web.healthaffairs.org The American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Senate’s ill-fated Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) attempted to deliver on two promises: 1) protecting patients with pre-existing conditions, and 2) eliminating the Medicaid expansion. Though repeal efforts seem to have stal...
Treating Children with Electroconvulsive Therapy
bbc.co.uk Electroconvulsive therapy - in which a small electric current is passed through the brain causing a seizure - is now used much less often than it was in the middle of the last century. But controversially it is now being used in the US and some other countries as a treatment for childr...
Why Execs Are Leaving Google And Twitter To Start Health Care Companies
fastcompany.com When Stephanie Tilenius, a former senior executive at eBay and Google, decided to start a health-coaching app, many in her network were incredulous. "Everyone thought I was crazy," she recalls. "Some people loved that I wanted to do something to help others, but a lot socially os...
When babies need donated breast milk, should states pay?
statnews.com Taxpayers in New York may soon be covering the cost of a new kind of medicine: Breast milk. A bill on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk would require Medicaid to pay for donor breast milk for certain premature babies. The bill reflects a scientific consensus that breast milk can...
Depression: A revolution in treatment?
bbc.co.uk It's not very often we get to talk about a revolution in understanding and treating depression and yet now doctors are talking about "one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry for the last 20 years". It is based around the idea that some people are being betrayed by their fiercest...
Structured Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose
A majority of type 2 patients do not understand the benefits of structured self-monitoring of blood glucose and healthcare professionals lack the time to explain the values and the time to review the values themselves. What is the benefit of structured self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients wi
No Car, No Care? Medicaid Transportation At Risk In Some States
khn.org Unable to walk or talk, barely able to see or hear, 5-year-old Maddie Holt waits in her wheelchair for a ride to the hospital. The 27-pound girl is dressed in polka-dot pants and a flowered shirt for the trip, plus a red headband with a sparkly bow, two wispy blond ponytails poking out o...
Hospitals Find Asthma Hot Spots More Profitable To Neglect Than Fix
khn.org Keyonta Parnell has had asthma most of his young life, but it wasn’t until his family moved to the 140-year-old house here on Lemmon Street two years ago that he became one of the health care system’s frequent customers. “I call 911 so much since I’ve been living here, they know my name,...
Why Prescription Drugs Cost So Much
aarp.org For Susan Goodreds, Repatha has been as close as you can get to a miracle drug. The 74-year-old resident of Delray Beach, Fla., has a hereditary disorder that causes dangerously high cholesterol levels. Without medicine, her “bad” cholesterol count was in the 300s; statindrugs brought t...
Trump, GOP Cutting Holes in Family Health Safety Nets
cnn.com Nearly two years ago Abby Holmes and her husband Jeremiah left their home and jobs in Brooklyn for Columbus, Ohio. Between 45% rent hikes and hyper-competitive hunts for a preschool for their son, the couple was ready to leave behind the big city life. In Columbus they had extended famil...