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Why Telehealth Services Are Underused

Doctors Slow To Embrace Telehealth Tech

TelehealthAccording to a U.S. Government Office of Accountability report, only a tiny percentage of doctors are using telehealth and remote patient monitoring.  The biggest reason sited is lack of Medicare reimbursement and cumbersome point of origin requirements.  Between 2014 and 2016,  Medicare, Medicaid, the Veterans Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense used telehealth to treat only 12 percent of their beneficiaries. A mere 1% of Medicare beneficiaries used this service.

But lack of Medicare reimbursement was only one of a few impediments to using the service.

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How Two Red States Faired So Differently Under Obamacare

Is it the law or its inconsistent application that’s killing the ACA?

The failure or success of Obamacare in two red states has been linked to whether their officials fought or embraced the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the New York Times.  New Mexico, which leaped at the chance to support the program, saw its uninsured rate drop from 18.6 percent in 2013 to 10.9 percent in 2015.  While in Oklahoma, where officials have steadfastly resisted the ACA, the 2015 uninsured rate was 13.9 percent (the third highest in the country) — down from 17.7 percent.

Unlike New Mexico, Oklahoma allowed 45,000 people to keep old policies rather than requiring that they shift to ACA coverage. The article speculates that this led to healthy people not making the switch, thereby stressing the system.

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Why Is Aloe Vera The Best Relief for Sunburn?

Aloe Vera PlantWith summer and our chances of suffering a sunburn quickly approaching, those who need to know that Aloe Vera is the go-to for relieving pain and swelling.  It’s history dates back to the ancient Egyptians, and in the 1930’s it became an alternative skin treatment for the growing number of radiation patients who were accidentally overexposed.  Up until then, the only treatment was to remove the affected skin.

To find out what properties make Aloe Vera an effective skin burn treatment, check out this JAMA Dermatology article.

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Proof Obamacare Is Working

80 Million Adults Went Without Care in 2012 Due To Cost

The Commonwealth Fund recently released an analysis of the health insurance market before and after the Affordable Care Act. Here are some key findings from the report:

  • In 2012, 80 million adults went without care or medication because of the cost.
  • 63 million in 2016 went without healthcare or medication because of the cost.
  • 43% buying plans on their own in 2010 said it was difficult or impossible.
  • 1 in 4 adults in 2016 said it was difficult or impossible to find a plan.
  • In 2012, 29% did not go to a doctor when they were sick because of the cost.
  • 1 in 5 didn’t go to a doctor when they were sick due to cost in 2016.

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Skin Cancer Screenings Lead To Dramatic ROI

Skin Cancer Screening

According to the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Dermatology, several epidemiological studies show an alarming global increase in incidence of melanoma and non melanoma skin cancer.  A recent study showed that the total cost of total body skin examination (TBSC) can result in $37,365 in quality-adjust life-year (QALY).   For men, the QALY value is $20,044.  The researcher concluded, after studying 1,668 participants, that a one-time TBSC for adults over 18 are a cost-effective way to extend life.

 

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Source:  JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(2):147-153. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.4518

 

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