Election Day 2016 should have been Christmas morning for Republicans. Long awaited control of the White House and both houses of Congress. A chance to deliver on an every two-year election cycle promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. In 2010 Republicans needed the House. They got it. In 2014, it was the Senate. Delivered. But we still need the White House they said. Asked and answered with President Donald Trump. So, ...

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As the repeal of Obamacare is debated in the halls of Congress and on cable TV, one common theme is: “What will happen to patients?” Questions loom about what might change with coverage, about cost, about whether you’ll still be able to keep your doctor, and if medications will still be covered But what about doctors? What about how they’re doing? There are things doctors want to tell their patients, not only about ...

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Anyone with a computer or smartphone is well aware of the incessant alerts that flash across the screen, often accompanied by a beep or exclamation point. The alert may be for an upcoming appointment, a reminder of an acquaintance’s birthday -- or a just-announced sale at your favorite online retailer. How many of these alerts are really important? It’s easy to ignore a media news flash -- but what if you ...

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Supporters of the health care status quo are outraged, predictably, over what they see as Donald Trump’s search-and-destroy mission on Obamacare. They cite all of the newly insured people under the Affordable Care Act -- then turn to gloom-and-doom scenarios, insisting everyone will lose insurance, especially those who are low-income and on Medicaid. Change is never easy, and it can sometimes be scary when facts aren’t known. So will millions of ...

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With Donald Trump’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare on many Americans’ minds, there are numerous questions about how the health care system will work in the very near future. There are equally as many, if not more, outlandish speculations. Donald Trump was elected a week ago and doesn’t assume office for two more months. Much of what will get changed and how is yet unknown. Yet the mainstream media has been quick ...

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United Healthcare announced that it plans on exiting most of the Obamacare insurance plans by 2017. Not their traditional commercial insurance plans or Medicare supplements, but specifically the insurance plans offered through the state exchanges of Obamacare. Didn’t President Obama tell Americans that if they liked their insurance plan, they would be able to keep it under Obamacare? Actually he did, at least 36 times. So what happened? In ...

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Last year, several scandals unfolded involving the Veterans Health Administration. Close to home, the Fort Collins VA hospital falsified its wait times for clinic appointments. To meet the VA goal of clinic appointments within 14 days, the hospital instructed its clerks to “cook the books,” falsifying appointment records to give the illusion that the vets were being seen in a timely manner. Farther away in Phoenix, the local VA hospital had ...

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UnitedHealthcare (UHC), the nation’s largest health insurer, will likely pull out of Obamacare in 2017. Citing high costs and huge potential losses, they warned that 2016 will probably be their last year offering health insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. Is this another example of greedy insurance companies with fat cat CEOs gouging the system? Or are economic realities interfering with the “hope and change” of Obamacare? UHC isn’t really selling insurance. Instead ...

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Daraprim is a drug that no one ever heard of unless they are taking it. It is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection, has been around for decades, and is prescribed typically in patients with weakened immune systems, such as those with AIDS. Daraprim has been newsworthy because a small company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, recently purchased the drug from Impax Laboratories for $55 million, and promptly raised ...

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ICD-10 is not a character in an upcoming fall TV show, but instead something far less glamorous. ICD stands for International Classification of Diseases and is a list of codes used by doctors and hospitals when billing insurance companies. It’s been around since 1946, with the 10th iteration going into effect on October 1st. And it may be an unpleasant October surprise for doctors and hospitals. Don’t blame Obamacare. Don’t blame ...

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