Deja Vu All Over Again With Health Care Reform

Two admittedly left-leaning columnists, a married couple (he a pollster, she a lawyer), have produced a comparison of polling results then and now. “Then” refers to the Hillarycare hubbub in 1993-1994, and “now” refers to the Obamacare hubbub in 2009-?. Results are a bit different than you would expect if you listen to or read […]

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WalMart Set to Cash in on EHR Boom

You don’t get to be the world’s largest retailer without having some chops. Evidently reading the Obamaic tea leaves during the 2008 campaign, WalMart set in motion a plan to market Electronic Health Record (EHR) computer systems to physicians, and in so doing has come up with a system that shaves 50 percent off the […]

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Health Care Reform: How Gurneys Become Beds

To be frank, I share neither the euphoria nor the enthusiasm that seem to surround the rush to “reform” health care. Of course, the optimistic aura surrounding Obama’s push for reform is largely media induced, leaving us little hope that we’ll see or read anything to detract from what’s going on. My position is that […]

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All of You Who Think Health Care Reform=Free Care, Read On

I just read a polling result that said three out of four Americans now favor health care reform. That’s all well and good, but I bet you that at least three of every four who said they favored reform also believed that it meant they would soon be getting health care for free, or that […]

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If You Like EMRs and EHRs, You’ll Love PHRs

I‘m still not clear on the difference between EMRs (electronic medical records) and EHRs (electronic health records), but now we have PHRs (personal health records). At least PHRs I think I understand. Back to the first two: I’ve read where there’s no difference between EMRs and EHRs except that EHR is designed to be more […]

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Tom Daschle Lives On in the Stimulus Package

Those who were fretting that the extinction of Tom Daschle as potential secretary of Health and Human Services might delay health care reform needn’t worry. The inclusion of several stealth provisions in the stimulus package now sailing through Congress will implement, mostly unnoticed, provisions from Daschle’s government-heavy idea of reform in his book, Critical: What […]

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Whole Lotta Health Care Day Dreamin’ Goin’ On

As I noted in a previous posting, our current health care delivery system logs in as a $7,000-per-person-per-year behemoth. And I mean per all 300 million of us. (Do the math: $2.1 trillion divided by 300 mil.) That’s why I get a good laugh everytime I read the results of a new survey. The one […]

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Group Says Single-Payer Can Be Created for $50 Billion

A group going by the name of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has solved the Riddle of the (Health Care) Sphinx, or so it proclaims. The PDA folk claim that, by just extending Medicare to all Americans (thereby jettisoning, one would presume, all other current health care delivery systems), the country could–bugles blaring, drums rolling–create […]

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Stop Making Sense; No One Is Going to Listen Anyway

If you’re been following the ongoing cyber-debates about how to reform health care, you’ve no doubt run into a lot of wishful thinking, as in, “If the government pays for health care, then it’s free.” Wrong for all kinds of obvious reasons, most notable of which is that either you or your employer is going […]

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Will Health IT Solve This Regulatory Mess?

I‘m usually not a fan of the stuff in the Huffington Post since it’s–let’s just say–a bit past center politically, but in my ongoing research on HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), I came across a first-person account of how HIPAA and other medical regulations affect the delivery of health care in America. […]

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