The flu is wreaking havoc on Arizona this year. More than 26,000 cases have, thus far, been reported from every corner of our state according to the latest numbers from Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). That’s up 21,000 cases from a year ago! And while the flu remains widespread in our state, it appears the numbers are finally dropping. From AzCentral.com: Flu cases in … Continue reading The End May Be Near!
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, is more popular than ever and health care costs are a hot topic for voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Those two bits of news come from a recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. From the Washington Examiner: Obamacare has the support of 54 percent of the public, the highest percentage ever reported from the Kaiser Family … Continue reading Survey Says….
Interesting article on Forbes.com the other day titled, “The Healthcare Conversation You Need To Have Now.” The focus of the story is on the importance of end-of-life care issues. Below is an excerpt from the article. As the healthcare decision maker for her aging mom who had dementia, Ellen Goodman struggled because they had never had a conversation about her wishes for end-of-life care. “I … Continue reading A Critical Conversation
It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if research showed that certain diets benefit our physical health. But new research is pointing to something much more intriguing. A study just published in the medical journal ‘Lancet‘ suggests the DASH diet may influence our mental health. From CBS News: New research suggests there’s even more reason to eat fruits, vegetables and whole grains. While past … Continue reading Diet May Reduce Risk of Depression
We recently ran a blog that looked at how patients in several states are finding out the hard way that one of the nation’s largest insurers won’t cover an ER visit if the company decides it wasn’t really an emergency. The company in question is Anthem and at the time of our original story, Vox.com wrote, “The problem: These denials are made after patients visit the ER, sometimes based … Continue reading Claim Denied!
Today’s blog comes to us from Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) Program Director, Emergency Preparedness and Community Health Laura Dix. Ms. Dix is responding to a recent story on new research at Arizona State University on hospital coalitions. Once you have had a chance to read our position, we hope you will take a minute to let us know what you think. Driving important conversations around … Continue reading Health Care Coalitions Response
So many parents take great pains to make sure their children are safe and protected. The American Academy of Pediatrics just released new guidelines suggesting there is something else we can do that could make a huge difference in the lives of millions of teens……screen them for depression. From Today.com: Depression is a growing threat to American children and teens. As many as 1 in 5 teens … Continue reading Screening Teens for Depression