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12 Ways ObamaCare Has Failed The Working Class

Jed Graham | Investor's Business Daily | October 25, 2015

How could a law intended to make health care affordable and reduce inequality end up failing — or even hurting — millions of working-class Americans who were supposed to benefit? At least a dozen different ways.ObamaCare is helping millions of people, as one would expect of such a vast and costly undertaking. Yet the law has so many serious flaws that it's hard to keep track of them. This accounting, or cheat sheet, of ObamaCare flaws that hit the working class especially hard, reveals why the law will yield more bitter fruit as it ages.

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Destructive Doctor Relationships Will Destroy Hospitals' Success

Dave Chase | Forbes | September 2, 2016

The highest-performing healthcare organizations fundamentally understand the importance of the forgotten aim in the Quadruple Aim (caring for the caregivers). It’s common sense. My observation turned my inbox into a virtual confessional once I started focusing on the quadruple aim. The bad behavior of far too many hospital CEOs has created collateral damage for the economy and doctors. The only surprise is how most hospital CEOs aren’t recognizing how their actions are self-destructive.

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Diabetics Receive Better Care from Docs with EHRs

Dan Bowman | Fierce EMR | September 1, 2011

Although meeting Meaningful Use hasn't exactly been the easiest of feats for hospital CIOs, perhaps they can take solace in knowing that their patients will receive vastly superior care to those treated by doctors using paper records, according to the results of a new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read More »

GEICO Selects ForgeRock To Support Online Customer Portal Initiative

Press Release | ForgeRock, Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) | July 18, 2013

One of the fastest-growing major auto insurers in the US leverages ForgeRock’s Open Identity Stack to create a secure, modern online experience Read More »

Health Care, Stop Using: Insurance, Market, and Quality (Part 1 of 2)

Andy Oram | EMR & HIPAA | August 22, 2016

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industry in the world. When we think of insurance, we think of paying semi-annually into a fund we hope we never need to use. But perhaps every twenty years or so, we suffer damage to our car, our house, or our business, and the insurance kicks in. That may have been true for healthcare 70 years ago, when you wouldn’t see the doctor unless you fell into a pit or came down with some illness they likely couldn’t cure anyway.
The insurance model is totally unsuited for health care today...

 

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Insurance Industry Myths About the Uninsured

Wendell Potter | iWatch News | June 11, 2012

In 2007, a few months before I left the health insurance industry, I was tasked to write a “white paper” designed to help convince media folks and politicians that the problem of the uninsured wasn’t much of a problem after all. If demographic data was sliced just so, I was expected to write, it was easy to conclude that many of the uninsured — some 46 million at the time — were that way by choice.

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Medicare is Part of Us

Roy Romanow | The Globe and Mail | July 2, 2012

July 1, the birthdate of our great nation, is also the birthdate of Canada’s emblematic health-care system...Now often referred to as unsustainable, this milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on the hardfought accomplishments of the past, to re-evaluate today’s system and to consider the growing debate about its future. Read More »

Three Words That Health Care Should Stop Using: Insurance, Market, and Quality (Part 2 of 2)

Andy Oram | EMH & HIPAA | August 23, 2016

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Endless organizations such as the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) collect quality measures, and CMS has tried strenuously to include quality measures in Meaningful Use and the new MACRA program. We actually have not a dearth of quality measures, but a surfeit. Doctors feel overwhelmed with these measures. They are difficult to collect, and we don’t know how to combine them to create easy reports that patients can act on. There is a difference between completing a successful surgery, caring for things such as pain and infection prevention after surgery, and creating a follow-up plan that minimizes the chance of readmission. All those things (and many more) are elements of quality.

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Translating the Insurance Industry's Feel-good Rhetoric

Wendell Potter | iWatch News | July 2, 2012

Health insurers avoided their worst case scenario last week — the prospect of the Supreme Court striking down the individual mandate but letting the rest of the health care law, especially profit-threatening consumer protections, go forward. Now the industry can focus on a goal it has had all along: getting rid of those pesky consumer protections. Read More »

Why Medical Costs are Rising

Steve Jacob | United States of Health | May 14, 2012

Wealthier nations all spend more on health. However, the U.S. spends well above what would be expected, compared with its peers...Analysts said the condition of Americans’ health did not explain the higher costs. Read More »