First introduced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2011, the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is an effective health benefit for keeping the senior population healthy as they age. A Medicare annual wellness visit is free of charge for beneficiaries and is a great way for you to connect with your primary care physician. … Continue reading How to make the most of your Medicare Annual Wellness Visit
This is one of six articles in the Business of Health Care series. When it comes to hot button issues in the ongoing debate over what to do about health care, there is perhaps no button hotter than Medicaid. Unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of misconceptions about this program. Medicaid is not the same … Continue reading Business of Health Care: All about Medicaid
Lung cancer remains a “stubborn killer” with a low survival rate. But there is new hope for the prospects of combatting the disease thanks to the results of a large, years-long study and the recent decision by Medicare to pay for lung cancer screening for those at high risk. The study that preceded that decision … Continue reading Medicare coverage of lung cancer screening explained
Ongoing work at Baylor Scott & White to stabilize rising health care costs continues to serve as a model “of the kinds of changes to health care that we need to be successful,” The Dallas Morning News writes in an editorial today. The piece specifically highlights the recent announcement that the system’s Accountable Care Organization, the Baylor Scott … Continue reading Dallas Morning News: BSWH slows rise of health care costs
HealthCare.gov and the state health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be open for business again from Nov. 15 until February 15. Some policy experts say it will be difficult to duplicate last year’s roughly 10 million signups. Attrition brought that number closer to 8 million, based on how many actually paid … Continue reading As HealthCare.gov opens, a DFW outlook
Health care costs have grown faster than the U.S. economy for most of the past 50 years. Costs are on a trajectory to account for nearly 20 cents out of every $1 spent by 2020. Therefore, it was a stunning development when the Congressional Budget Office estimated Medicare spending would be $1,000 lower per beneficiary … Continue reading Improved palliative, hospice care may be a factor in lower Medicare spending
This blog post is the fifth in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. What patients want most out of any health care experience is a good outcome at a reasonable cost. That’s also what your health care provider wants out of each and every patient encounter. But transforming the way health care is delivered in … Continue reading Aiming High: 3 Big Goals for Better Health Care
If you’ve been casually following the roll out of health care reform over the past few years, you are probably already familiar with the acronym ACA, or Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). Continue reading High Quality Health Care at the Lowest Possible Cost – Can It Really Happen?