Two basic premises behind the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law last year by President Obama, were the high costs of healthcare and the sizable number of Americans lacking health insurance. A seemingly even more basic premise is that advances in biomedical research and development will only drive healthcare costs up, for example, biotechnology-derived drug regimens costing over $100,000 per year. With notable exceptions, that has been true in the past, will tend [...]
On August 16, 2011, Dr. Alfred Hamilton from the School of Public Health and Health Service at George Washington University and Dr. Jay Conyers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health) moderated a symposium on the George Washington University campus titled, “The Role and Future of Health Information Technology in an Era of Health Care Transformation.” The symposium featured keynote speakers from the White House Office of Science and Technology [...]
Understandably, the attentions of health-policy watchers are focused intently on the implementation of the landmark 2010 health reform law. The future of the law seems as unsettled as ever. “Obama-care” draws sharp barbs in the nascent presidential-nominating race. Meanwhile, appellate review of constitutional challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) grinds toward a Supreme Court showdown. Closer to home, New Jersey — and indeed most state governments regardless of party control — [...]
New federal guidelines are eliminating out-of-pocket costs for women’s preventive care – including birth control.
New federal guidelines are eliminating out-of-pocket costs for women’s preventive care – including birth control. These new guidelines are part of the affordable care act which requires everyone to have insurance and the goal is to stop health problems before they start. Starting next year new health insurance plans will be responsible for covering co-payments and deductibles for women’s preventive care such as annual exams, birth control and breast pump rentals. Local health experts say [...]
Many rural physicians don’t have access to newer technological advances to help them sort through patient information easily. But, thanks to a new federal initiative, paper patient charts can now be obsolete. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley made a stop in Selma and visited Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, Inc. on Medical Center Parkway Thursday morning to emphasize the importance of rural physicians moving to the electronic medical health records, or EHR, system. Demopolis’ Fitz-Gerald Clinic is among [...]
Up to $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be awarded to help hospitals and providers improve care with new technology-backed programs, training and monitoring, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid announced June 22. The funding, part of the public-private Partnership for Patients program, will be awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center. The program aims to stop millions of preventable injuries and complications related to healthcare acquired conditions [...]
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