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Hospitals inflate price of some services by 20 times or more, study says
Stephen FellerBALTIMORE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Huge price markups at hospitals, with some as large as 20 times the actual cost, are based on increasing revenue simply because they can, researchers say.
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Vote for Lakewood Hospital issue on Nov. 8 ballot to keep city strong: Jennifer Pae (Opinion)
During 2015, Lakewood's elected officials had a tough decision to make. The decision was the future of the community's century old hospital. It has not been operated by the City since 1986 when voters overwhelmingly decided to get out of the city hospital business. The City leased the hospital building to the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA). Jennifer Pae is director of finance for the city of LakewoodJennifer Pae  Do you know what will make Lakewood strong? You can make Lakewood strong by voting on Nov. 8 for the ballot issue to uphold the ordinance supporting the transition of Lakewood Hospital. Anything else will detrimental to our city.  A vote against the ballot issue will not "save" the hospital, but will ensure entanglement in expensive litigation on the taxpayers' dime for an indeterminable amount of time. The legally binding contract has already been executed. At risk is more than $100 million of investment in health care currently underway. The claims that the transition has economically devastated this community are simply not true. The city's tax collections are higher now than at the same point last year even after the hospital's inpatient services ended on Feb. 5. The emergency department and outpatient services still continue to operate at the facility. Read more: Mayor Michael Summers describes 'orderly wind down' of Lakewood Hospital inpatient services During 2015, Lakewood's elected officials had a tough decision to make. The decision was the future of the community's century-old hospital. The hospital had not been operated by the city since 1986, when voters overwhelmingly decided to get out of the city hospital business. The city leased the hospital building to the Lakewood Hospital Association (LHA). In order to pacify the bondholders of outstanding hospital debt, the city retained title to the properties in case LHA defaulted on the bond payments. Ten years later, in 1996, LHA entered into an agreement with one of the best hospital systems in the United States, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, to fold its operations into CCF's system. The hospital financially struggled over the years and needed significant capital improvements, while changes in health care delivery reduced the number of inpatient stays. LHA and CCF drastically cut expenditures, and to increase revenues, brought in a lucrative orthopedic practice from Lorain County. However, this was a temporary fix because that practice was moving back once the CCF facility opened there.    LHA knew it had to act, and it worked with CCF to develop a nonbinding proposal for a new outpatient facility ensuring top-quality medical care and continuation of a 24/7/365 emergency department. LHA would use its remaining funds to pay for the transition, establish a community-run health and wellness foundation, and provide the city with funds to redevelop the former hospital site, which is a prime downtown location. Using the recommendations from two separate consulting firms, Subsidium and Huron, which each described the competitive Northeast Ohio health care market; the emphasis on outpatient care as a result of the Affordable Care Act; and the limited availability of doctors in the area, as well as information from dozens of public meetings, our elected officials had the following options: 1. Negotiate a better deal than originally proposed by CCF and legally enter into an agreement to construct and operate the new facility, since the city still had title to the properties. 2. Hold LHA to its lease with the city, which would have expired in 2026, and let another mayor and city council worry about it. This would have not prevented LHA from declaring bankruptcy. 3. Believe that the MetroHealth System would run Lakewood Hospital even though its CEO notified city officials -- not once, but twice -- that it was no longer interested in pursuing a prior proposal due to that organization's shift in focus to outpatient expansion. 4. Pursue an 11th-hour proposal that offered few specifics from a Nashville-based medical management business that highlighted they are simply a turnkey operation and have no presence in Northeast Ohio. 5. Become party to the $400 million taxpayer lawsuit filed by five residents, which would mean the city would be suing itself at the expense of all other residents with no guarantee that the result will be continued health and emergency care within the city. More on lawsuit: Lakewood spends more than $125,000 defending Lakewood Hospital lawsuit 6. Take back the hospital from LHA, and issue a request for proposals hoping any system other than CCF would respond, with no guarantee of continued health and emergency care within the city. By choosing Option 1, our elected officials realized the significant risk they would put the community in if they pursued any one of the other options. A vote FOR the referendum will uphold their tough decision. A vote against will not strengthen our great city. Jennifer Pae is director of finance for the city of Lakewood.
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Bel Air finance director honored for town employee health and wellness programs
Bel Air Finance Director Lisa Moody is in charge of looking after the Town of Bel Air's budget, but she has taken on an additional effort in the past decade, looking after the health and well being of her co-workers. She was honored for that effort Tuesday evening with the Silver HEAL Leader award...
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Marylanders face hefty rate increases for Obamacare
The cost of health insurance plans offered under the Affordable Care Act will jump 20 percent or more next year under rates to be announced Friday by Maryland regulators. The CEO of Maryland's largest insurer defended the hefty rate increases and said the federal law that expanded health insurance...
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Join Cleveland rally for women's abortion-care access on Saturday: Angel Rucker (Opinion)
Ohioans have faced an onslaught of unconscionable restrictions designed to limit access to abortion for the women of our state, many passed by politicians in recent years, writes certified nurse practitioner Angel Rucker. Angel Rucker is a certified nurse practitionerAngel Rucker   The biggest lie I have ever been told about abortion was that I couldn't be both a good mother and a woman who has had an abortion. I've had three abortions, and I have a beautiful daughter, too. Now I know that isn't just possible, it happens all the time. I also am a health care provider at Preterm, which provides sexual health services including birth control, sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment, wellness care, and abortion care. Every day, I see the barriers to accessing health care faced by the women in our community. Ohioans have faced an onslaught of unconscionable restrictions designed to limit access to abortion for the women of our state, many passed by politicians in recent years. One of the oldest and harshest of these restrictions is the federal Hyde Amendment, which has been used to ban Medicaid coverage for low-income women. So while women enrolled in Medicaid have coverage for other reproductive services, one procedure is barred from being covered: abortion. Read more: Where do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on abortion The impact of all these restrictions, including the Hyde Amendment, is clear: preventing low-income women, especially women of color, from making their own decisions about what is best for their families and their lives. For 40 years, politicians have used the Hyde Amendment to take away low-income women's ability to make meaningful decisions about pregnancy. This has caused real harm to women's health and lives, especially because so many women in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio are qualified for Medicaid health insurance. We know that restricting Medicaid coverage of abortion forces one in four poor women nationally to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. Women who are denied an abortion are more likely to slip into poverty. In my experience at Preterm, I have seen women in our community who have been forced to carry a pregnancy to term. I have also seen women who had to sell their possessions, lose their homes, and stay in abusive relationships in order to find the funds to access an abortion -- health care that should be their legal right. Many of these women experience judgment from the people who are closest to them. The good news is that we can raise our voices in support of abortion access here in Cleveland. On Saturday, Sept. 10, the eyes of the nation will once again turn to our city for a groundbreaking event: All Access. Sia to headline free abortion rights event at Wolstein Center as part of nationwide program Abortion-rights supporters from around the country will come together in Cleveland for All Access at Cleveland State University's Wolstein Center, with satellite events in Miami, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. The event will feature some of the biggest names in comedy and music, and shows support for abortion access. At All Access, people will show respect and support for women who have abortions and the important role that abortion care plays in the lives of women we know and love -- our daughters, mothers, sisters, neighbors, and friends. I am hopeful that it will be a powerful way to shift the conversation about abortion in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio, away from judgment and shame and toward openness, affirmation, and love. Abortion is part of the spectrum of reproductive health care that every woman and family should have access to, regardless of their ability to pay. We have to stop whispering and instead raise our voices, and feel empowered to share our abortion stories boldly. As our region faces more than our share of poverty, we should be giving women the tools to live their lives with strength and dignity. Access to health care strengthens individual lives and whole communities. When I look back on my abortions, despite all the myths, I see my abortions as positive, life-affirming experiences that allowed me to live my best life. Many women view their experiences with abortion the same way. We all want to be able to make our own decisions about our families and our future. And however we may feel personally about abortion, none of us want politicians standing between a woman and her decisions about health care. Wednesday: Proposal would brand abortion as aggravated murder in Ohio Imagine living in a community where women have access to the health care they need. Imagine living in a community where women feel respected and valued. Imagine living in a community where all women have the ability to have children, not to have children, and to parent the children they have with dignity. That's the vision of Cleveland I'm striving for. That's the type of community we all want to live in. Please join me Saturday at All Access. Angel Rucker is a certified nurse practitioner and director of clinical services at Preterm in Cleveland.
566 points by The Plain Dealer | Health care Pregnancy Reproductive health Health care provider Health Health insurance Family planning Reproductive rights
Health perks of pet ownership
Living with an animal can help people mentally, physically and emotionally.        
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Portland Public Schools employee tests positive for lead
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Multnomah County health officials say an adult employee with Portland Public Schools has tested positive for state action levels of lead. Tests for three other employees also indicated they had elevated levels of lead but two of the tests were found to be false positives. The ...
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Teen wants to die. These groups are saying no.
Several groups have asked for child-protection authorities to investigate the case.         
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Home healthcare workers worked 24-hour shifts without overtime
Thousands of workers could be eligible for a class action suit against First Chinese Presbyterian Community Affairs Home Attendant Corp.
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Why insurance denies your claim, but pays your neighbor's
Tracey Stahl lost part of a leg to bone cancer last fall, and she has to wince through bouts of crippling pain from an ill-fitting artificial limb because of a strange health insurance limit: Her plan covers just one limb…
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Why insurance denies your claim, but pays your neighbor's
Tracey Stahl lost part of a leg to bone cancer last fall, and she has to wince through bouts of crippling pain from an ill-fitting artificial limb because of a strange health insurance limit: Her plan covers just one limb per lifetime.She now has to weigh whether to dump the nearly $9,000 cost of a new leg on her credit card as she fights her insurance company over the restriction. "I feel — it's embarrassing to say — paralyzed about what to do," said Stahl, from her home in Penfield, New York.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Insurance Health insurance Health care Health economics Deductible Medicine Obesity Disability insurance
Scott pushes to scrap Vermont's health care exchange
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Phil Scott says he wants to abandon the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange. Scott, a Republican running for governor, made the announcement Wednesday in Burlington. He says his health care proposals would play a part in making the state more affordable. Scott has been ...
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Costs not all that ails Obamacare exchanges
Proving identity can be harder than paying for insurance for some.         
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Seattle hospital to open gender clinic for transgender youth
SEATTLE (AP) - Transgender youth will have a place to go for coordinated medical care when a new clinic opens at Seattle Children's Hospital next month. KING-TV reports (http://goo.gl/pDovJa ) that doctors trained in transgender care will provide services to transgender kids entering puberty at the hospital's new Gender Clinic. ...
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Why insurance denies your claim, but pays your neighbor’s
Tracey Stahl lost part of a leg to bone cancer last fall, and she has to wince through an ill-fitting artificial limb because of a health insurance limit: Her plan covers just one limb per lifetime.
1 points by The Denver Post | Insurance Health insurance Health care Health economics Medicine Deductible Obesity Disability insurance
Costs not all that ails Obamacare exchanges: Try proving legal status
Proving identity can be harder than paying for insurance for some.       
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Academic hospital forms partnership with Hays hospital
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Kansas' only academic hospital is working with a hospital in the western part of the state to improve rural health care. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/2c9W0rz ) reports that leaders of the University of Kansas Hospital and Hays Medical Center signed a letter Wednesday formalizing the ...
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Air pollution costs global economy over $5tn annually – World Bank
Premature deaths due to air pollution cost the global economy $5.1 trillion annually which is roughly twice the economic output of the UK, according to a World Bank report released on Thursday. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Drinkers don’t sweat death — or medical debt — if they exercise
Gym rats can drink to their health - and a fatter bank account.
63 points by Daily News | Medicine Weight loss Health care Physical exercise Health Exercise Sports training Obesity
Child neglect claimed in teen's plan to end her own life
Child protection authorities were first asked to investigate an Appleton teenager’s decision to die more than a month ago, according to referrals obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.         
-1 points by Arizona Republic | Spinal muscular atrophy Health care Hospice Palliative care Muscle Disability Medicine Cicely Saunders
Maryland ranks 31st nationally in obesity, study finds
Maryland remains solidly in the middle of the national pack when it comes to obesity. About 29 percent of the state's residents were obese last year, ranking it 31st among other states , according to a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America's Health. Louisiana...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Nutrition United States Health U.S. state Health care Diabetes mellitus Obesity Hypertension
Chase Brexton Health Care's board agrees to collective bargaining with new union
After a vote last week among workers at Chase Brexton Health Care to form a union, the health care provider's board of directors said Friday that it has voted to accept the outcome and move forward with collective bargaining."We recognize the past few weeks have been difficult for our organization...
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Maryland has second best health care system in the country, analysis finds
Maryland has the second best health care system in the country, according to an analysis of 29 metrics by personal finance website WalletHub. The report compared factors such as health care costs, access to health care and outcomes among Washington, DC and the 50 states. Here were some of Maryland's...
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Dr. Laurine Tibaldi of Health Plan of Nevada offers tips to stay healthy while on vacation
Dr. Laurine Tibaldi, chief medical officer of Health Plan of Nevada, has advice for staying healthy on vacation whatever time of year. Her information is valuable as travelers begin to worry about the Zika virus spreading globally, including in Nevada and the United States.
9 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Health care Medicine Health insurance Medicare Illness Health economics Medicare and Medicaid Health care provider
Government survey shows health insurance gains slowing
The nation's progress in getting more people covered by health insurance slowed significantly this year, the government confirmed Wednesday in a report that tempers a historic achievement of ...
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Teen's plan to die has disability groups seeking intervention
Several groups have asked for child-protection authorities to investigate the case.       
6496 points by USA Today | Disability Health care Medicine Spinal muscular atrophy Health care provider Muscle Self-advocacy Illness
McLaren: State workers ‘covered up’ Flint cases
McLaren Hospital lawyers: State health workers engaged in a “cover-up” of a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease        
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’Politics of Zika are garbage’: Florida lawmaker brings 100 mosquitoes onto House floor
To overcome the unwillingness of Congress to pass a bill to combat Zika, Representative David Jolly (R-Florida) decided to put the fear of God ? or, more specifically, disease-bearing mosquitoes ? into his fellow House lawmakers. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Child neglect claimed in teen planning to end life
Child protection authorities were first asked to investigate an Appleton teenager’s decision to die more than a month ago, according to referrals obtained by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.         
198 points by Arizona Republic | Spinal muscular atrophy Health care Hospice Palliative care Muscle Disability Medicine Cicely Saunders
Phys Ed: What’s the Value of Exercise? $2,500
An analysis of more than 26,000 men and women found that a little exercise can result in big savings on medical bills.
9644 points by The New York Times | Health care Medicine Health economics Physical exercise Obesity Public health Exercise Epidemiology
Colorado is the leanest state in the nation, again
Colorado ranked as the leanest state in the nation in 2015, according to newly released data, but health officials warn that the state is far from the healthiest it could be, as obesity rates have nearly tripled in the last 25 years.
11946 points by The Denver Post | Nutrition Obesity Health Body mass index Health care Healthy diet Diabetes mellitus Hypertension
The attacks on Hillary Clinton's health are nasty. They're also failing.
In a new poll, voters didn't see Trump as any healthier.
2192 points by The Washington Post | Health Medicine Hillary Rodham Clinton Health care Nutrition
Most Mich. House GOP disappointed by pulled health bill
“We had an opportunity. Many of us are disappointed,” said Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, after the health bill was pulled        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Health care Health insurance Health economics Barack Obama Medicaid Medicine Massachusetts Healthcare reform
Former physician assistant faces federal charges in opioid kickback scheme
A former physician assistant was paid more than $41,000 by a drug manufacturer in exchange for writing hundreds of prescriptions for a powerful fentanyl spray in New Hampshire, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Christopher Clough, 43, of Dover was arrested Friday and charged with conspirac...
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Ryan falls short in first test of Trump presidency
House Speaker Paul Ryan guaranteed a win on the Republican plan to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law. Instead, he suffered a brutal defeat, canceling a vote and admitting “we’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”Friday’s stinging rebuke is an ominous sign for Presi...
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State suspends license of Lansdowne assisted-living home
State regulators have suspended the license of a Lansdowne assisted-living home where inspectors earlier this month determined 16 residents were living in a facility with permission to operate just four beds. The "emergency suspension" came March 10, a day after authorities received a complaint...
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How Trump botched health reform
With a whimper, the incoherent monstrosity that was the American Health Care Act ran into a ditch yesterday in the U.S.
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Planned Parenthood president says Ivanka should 'stand for women'
The leader of Planned Parenthood says it's time for Ivanka Trump to "stand for women" and speak out against the Republican health care bill.
-1 points by Daily News | Barack Obama Health care Massachusetts President of the United States Republican Party George W. Bush Ivanka Trump Health
After health care bill's withdrawal, elation and anger
NEW YORK (AP) — Some Americans breathed a sigh of relief, others bubbled with frustration, and nearly all resigned themselves to the prospect that the latest chapter in the never-ending national debate over health care would not be the last.
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With Obamacare repeal dreams dashed, what can GOP accomplish?
Republicans suffered a bruising, self-inflicted blow Friday when they tanked their own health care bill.       
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Battenfeld: Deal’s off for health care, but artful turn for Donald Trump
It’s the best defeat he’s ever won.The demise of the GOP’s health care reform plan may look like a devastating loss for President Trump right now, but in the long term, it’s a political gain. He should bid Trumpcare good riddance.This bill was a loser from the start, and would have tarred Trump for the next four years. He doesn’t want to be responsible for the exploding costs of health care and read endless stories about poor people losing their insurance.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Health care Barack Obama President of the United States United States House of Representatives United States Congress Health insurance George W. Bush Republican Party
CBO says latest GOP health care bill would cost more
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the changes recently introduced to the GOP's health care bill could add billions of dollars to the bill's cost, without increasing the number of those insured.         
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Proposed Medicaid cuts will pit needy groups against each other, advocate fears
Replacing former President Barack Obama’s signature health care reforms would bring the biggest changes ever to the government health care program for people who are poor and disabled, opponents of the replacement bill said Thursday.
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House GOP withdraws health care bill
House Republicans, short of votes, withdrew the health care bill.
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Medical costs could cause Nevada corrections budget to soar
Prison medical costs are climbing as Nevada’s inmate population ages and more expensive treatments become available, leading to a significant increase in requested funding to provide necessary care, a legislative budget panel was told Friday.
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Living in fear of the world's most infectious killer
The roads are bright orange and unpaved through the agricultural district of Memot in Cambodia. Along the sides lie miles of maize fields and a few farmers tending to them.
142 points by CNN | Tuberculosis Infectious disease Medicine Health care Clinic Healthcare World Health Organization Health economics
Global challenge: How health care works around the world
In a doctor's waiting room in South London sit three people of varying ages and ethnicities, waiting among a sea of empty green plastic chairs.
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What next? Health care bill debate and vote
The House Rules Committee cleared Friday morning the Republicans' health care bill to repeal and replace Obamacre out of committee by a vote of 9-3, setting up for a final floor vote later in the day.
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Live updates: Health care bill and Trump
TODAY'S BIG STORY: After a long night, House Republicans will try to get enough votes to pass their health care bill. It's a big moment in Trump's young presidency. Here's the latest.
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High stakes for Trump as vote looms on US health plan
Republicans are careening toward a House vote on repealing and replacing Obamacare in a moment that has huge implications for Donald Trump's presidency and the GOP's hopes of enacting an agenda that will change the face of American life.
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