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WHO Wants Healthcare Reform

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Jun 7, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Last week, we spoke about the Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and member Patty Murray (Washington) introducing a draft package of legislation. The draft packages goal is to cut healthcare cost (Click "here" if you want to go to that blog to catch up on that news).

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Topics: Doctor-Patient Relationships, Affordable Healthcare

Healthcare Reform is Coming

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on May 31, 2019 6:45:00 AM

In hopes to end surprise medical billing, Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and member Patty Murray (Washington) introduced a draft package of legislation. The draft package aims to cut healthcare costs, starting with surprise medical billing and drug prices. The lawmakers believe they can pass the bill on a bipartisan basis. Alexander thinks it can be moved through the health committee in June and have it hit the Senate floor as early as July.

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Topics: Ask the Doctor, Medical Law, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Abortion Laws on Trial

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on May 24, 2019 6:45:00 AM

   Recently, Alabama's governor signed into law the country's most restrictive anti-abortion bill, which could put doctors who perform abortions with life in prison. The Republican governor, Kay Ivey signed the bill following approval by the Alabama Senate. Physicians who perform abortions could face up to 99 years in prison. Even attempting an abortion will be seen as a Class C Felony, putting the physician at risk of a 10-year prison sentence.

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Topics: News, Doctor-Patient Relationships

A Look at Types of Universal Healthcare

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on May 17, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Americans all around the nation are giving their support for Medicare for all. On March 29 of this year, we wrote a blog called "Is Medicare For All the Solution?" In case you don't know what Medicare For All is,

"Medicare For All is a universal health care plan that was developed by Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders. This would be built off what former President Barack Obama had with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Medicare For All is a solution that would help give health insurance at affordable rates, covering primary and specialty healthcare, vision, hearing, dental, mental health, addiction services, and many other essential health care solutions."

Niran S. Al-Agba, MD, explains universal health care through the following four points:
1. Most universal health care systems are not highly centralized,
2. Most universal coverage systems offer narrow benefit packages and incorporate cost-sharing for patients.
3. Private health insurance plays a significant role in most developed countries with universal coverage.
4. Countries with universal coverage have strict immigration policies to control health care expenditures.

The Commonwealth Fund recently compared universal health care systems around the globe with the United States single-payer bills proposed in Congress. The country that most resembles the US proposal (where decision making is centralized) is France. In France, the government is responsible for 77 percent of total health expenditures. However, there is an out-of-pocket cost share for patients that is around 7 percent, annually. A few other countries that also use a highly centralized system are the Netherlands, Singapore, and Taiwan. However, these countries have populations that are more similar to that of only one state in the US.

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Topics: News, Medicare, Affordable Healthcare

Take Care of Yourself

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on May 10, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Working in the medical field is no easy task, daunting hours, stressful situations, and maybe a negative work environment can lead to depressing thoughts, poor diets, and lack of exercise and sunlight.

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Topics: Mental Health, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Ongoing Opioid Guideline Issues

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on May 3, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Authors of the 2016 opioid guideline are now bringing more heat to medical professionals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recently clarified the opioid guideline, but the authors said in a new paper that medical professionals had misapplied the recommendation they had made.

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Topics: Opioids

New Tech Means Better Living

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Apr 26, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Israel is making a large payment on big data in medical research and treatment. There are plenty of startups and large companies that are parsing anonymized medical data, outcomes and results for patients, and patient data for signs on how diseases develop, how they can be treated, and how they can be prevented. The large payment is a $300 million investment in the big data digitization project. This would help make anonymized data available to researchers, pharmaceutical companies, and medical institutions.

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Topics: Doctor-Patient Relationships, Affordable Healthcare

CDC is Listening

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Apr 19, 2019 6:45:00 AM

In March of 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its guideline in an attempt to control widespread opioid abuse that claimed 20,000 U.S. lives in 2015 alone. The guideline was intended for primary care clinicians and advised them to prescribe other treatments before jumping to opioids for chronic pain outside of active cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

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Topics: Medical Law, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Weight-Related Cancers on the Rise

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Apr 12, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Recently, J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, the interim Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the American Cancer Society posted some findings by the society,

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Topics: News, Prevention, Doctor-Patient Relationships

Insurance Struggles?

Posted by Emerald Coast Medical Association on Apr 5, 2019 6:45:00 AM

Any medical professional knows how difficult it can be to deal with some insurance companies and helping their patient get what they need to better their health. However, before we get into the topic, we want you to know that this is a safe and fantastic place to share your opinion and give feedback on our forum.

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Topics: Doctor-Patient Relationships

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