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The Forces Behind Our Opioid Crisis

If you can’t trust your pharma rep, who can you trust? The US uses 80% of all the prescription opioids in the world, with only 5% of the world’s population.  This does not include the street equivalents (heroin, fentanyl). The lack

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Posted in Consumer News

Presentation: How To Never Lose An Insurance Appeal

2 Upcoming Dates and Locations   Presented by Michael Newell, RN, MSN with Jodi Bouer, Esq. Increase your understanding of insurance plans, benefits, eligibility, industry jargon and all the players who contribute to decisions about coverage.  The politics of insurance coverage are

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Posted in Insurance

Are Medicare Cost Containment Strategies Working?

Trends in hospital inpatient stays (2005-2014) show they are. Between 2005 and 2014, the inflation-adjusted mean cost per inpatient stay increased by 12.7 percent, from $9,500 to $10,900. Inflation-adjusted cost per stay for patients covered by private insurance or Medicaid increased

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Posted in Hospital Care

Where You Were Born Increases Chances of Cardiac Death and Dementia

Birthplace linked to higher cardiac mortality & dementia risk. Those born in high stroke-mortality states (the so-called stroke belt) in the South: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and West Virginia, are much more likely to develop dementia,

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Posted in Health Risks

“Against Medical Advice” Discharges Flummox Doctors, Patients And Families

Patients, Families & Healthcare Professional At Odds “AMA discharges” — patients who leave the ER or hospital “against medical advice” —  have long been a source of consternation in the hospital, the ER and with families who’s loved one is not able

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Posted in Healthcare Advocacy, Hospital Care

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