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Healthcare Reform

News and opinion articles related to healthcare reform laws and initiatives, including technological, political and institutional implications.

Use of Preventive Services Lacking Among Americans | News Brief

CDC researchers have found that nearly half of American adults missed out on 15 key preven­tive services prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. The report, available at www.cdc.gov/mmwr, suggests that several other impor­tant disease states will likely improve should the ACA survive Supreme Court scrutiny.…

Is High Health Spending Justified? | News Brief

An international analysis has found that the higher cost of cancer care delivery in the United States appears to be worthwhile. The greater survival gains experienced by cancer patients generated $598 billion of additional value for those diagnosed between 1983 and 1999.…

Managing HIV: A Call to Action for Primary Care Physicians

Managing HIV: A Call to Action for Primary Care Physicians | Feature

A survey of HIV primary care providers has revealed a shifting landscape in their ability to treat the growing number of patients living with HIV.

Our Broken Healthcare System – Feeding the Fat Cats

Our Broken Healthcare System – Feeding the Fat Cats | Guest Blog

All of this money is thrown at care, and what does it get us? Does it get us better care? Does it get us longer lives? Does it get us happier patients, or satisfied doctors?

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Meaningful Use

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Meaningful Use | Guest Blog

At one time we were using our computers in a meaningful way for the benefit of our patients, but now we are being pressured to abandon the patients in order to qualify for “meaningful use.”

Supreme Court: Health Insurance Mandate Constitutional

Supreme Court: Health Insurance Mandate Constitutional | Medical Blog

The Supreme Court ruled today that the individual mandate requiring all Americans to obtain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is constitutional — what many described as the “heart” of the law.

In addition, insurance companies cannot discriminate against those with a pre-existing condition.…

68% of Physicians Unsatisfied with Affordable Care Act

68% of Physicians Unsatisfied with Affordable Care Act | Feature

The mean average grade the Affordable Care Act received by nearly 2,700 physicians in a recent survey was a "D."

Health Reform Reverses Drop in Medical Access, Study Says

Health Reform Reverses Drop in Medical Access, Study Says | Medical Blog

Most Americans have experienced a decade-long decline in access to medical care that may continue to spiral downward if President Obama’s healthcare law is repealed by Congress or overturned by the Supreme Court, according to a study released this week.

Published in this month’s issue of Health Affairs, the study found that access to care for Americans aged 19 to 64 significantly deteriorated between 2000 and 2010 – even among patients with private health insurance.…

The Income Divide in Healthcare | News Brief

A survey of American adults indicates that 57% of those living in families that earn less than 133% of the federal poverty level were uninsured at some point in 2011. Just 12% of those living at 400% of the poverty level were uninsured during the year.…

Young Docs Pessimistic About the Future

Young Docs Pessimistic About the Future | Medical Blog

A new survey by The Physicians Foundation found that 57% of physicians age 40 and younger are pessimistic about the future of the U.S. healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was cited as the leading source of their pessimism, as well as concerns over increased regulatory burdens and medical liability insurance premiums.…