Survey Says….

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….

A Critical Conversation

Interesting article on 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

Diet May Reduce Risk of Depression

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

Claim Denied!

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, wrote, “The problem: These denials are made after patients visit the ER, sometimes based … Continue reading Claim Denied!

Health Care Coalitions Response

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

Screening Teens for Depression

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 Depression is a growing threat to American children and teens. As many as 1 in 5 teens … Continue reading Screening Teens for Depression