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2020 Health Insurance Cost and Quality Ratings

Last year, health insurance for a single person in the US private sector cost $6,715 on average. Annual open enrollment is nearly here for 2020. Now is a good time to gather your research on [...]

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The $2 Million Drug: Rare Disease Drug Prices

The $2 million wonder drug is called Zolgensma. It’s made for infants and kids up to age 2 who have spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).  The rare disease is inherited. The new gene therapy drug can [...]

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Mourning Neil Armstrong: Healthcare’s Test Pilot

We had just finished celebrating the 50-year anniversary of man’s landing on the moon.  When abruptly, troubling news appeared that famed astronaut Neil Armstrong may have died from hospital [...]

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Medicare Hospital Fund Runs Out in 2026

The future of Medicare is still in jeopardy. The hospital fund, known as Part A Medicare, will be depleted in just seven years according to a new report. The annual Medicare Board of Trustees [...]

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How Fast Is the Hospital ER Near Me?

Speed is probably the first thing you think of, if you need an Emergency Room. Should consumers be concerned about waiting time at their nearby hospital’s Emergency Department?  Check the [...]

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Hacienda Board of Directors: Time to Leave?

Based on DNA evidence, a male LPN was arrested Jan. 23 and charged with sexual assault and abuse of a vulnerable adult who resided at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix. He allegedly raped and [...]

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How Much Does an ER Visit Cost?

The short answer is a lot.  The average cost for people visiting the Emergency Room in 2014 was $1533, up 7.7% from 2013.  The median “typical” cost was $749 per person.  If you bring that cost [...]

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Time to Improve Mental Health Care

The case of 17-year old Jordan “Jordie” Binion highlighted once again the heartbreak of mental health care in the US. This week, NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden interviewed the young man’s parents, [...]

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Better, Safer Healthcare: Take the Pledge

This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week. Part of me delights in the idea of championing better, safer healthcare. It’s a time to celebrate the improvements made over the past ten to [...]

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Going Home at Last: Hospital Instructions

“You’re going home today” may be the sweetest words when you’re in the hospital. Whether you are taking a new baby home with you, or going home with a walker at the age of 85, getting out of the [...]

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