March 2019 | Volume 1
Accountability is the key to transforming health care. Revelations of insurance discrimination, inflated pricing, hidden safety data — it’s all evidence that confirms many patient and family members’ distrust of those who hold the keys to their care and well-being. If we’re relatively healthy and follow the rules for good preventive care, smart utilization and faithful payment of insurance premiums, we should be at least offended at the blatant efforts by any organization to manipulate data, research or policy decisions to serve profit first and patient second. For those dealing with chronic or catastrophic illness, as well as those without coverage or the means to pay for it, this violation of trust is bigger: it has consequences for life. We read so much about patient-centered health care in this country. When will we begin to actually see evidence that it’s real? My sense is that those who elevate the concerns, voices and inputs of patients and their caregivers are doing the difficult and critical work to hold all actors accountable.
Clinical Transformation Must Be Rooted In Patients’ Realities—And The Evidence Base
As clinicians, we witness firsthand the barriers patients face when they need mental health care—barriers with deep roots in our culture and in the systems that dictate how we treat patients and pay for care.
Mental Health Treatment Denied to Customers by Giant Insurer’s Policies, Judge Rules
In a scathing decision released Tuesday, a federal judge in Northern California ruled that a unit of UnitedHealth Group, the giant health insurer, had created internal policies aimed at effectively discriminating against patients with mental health and substance abuse disorders to save money.
Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused By Scores Of Medical Devices
Dr. Douglas Kwazneski was helping a Pittsburgh surgeon remove an appendix when something jarring happened. The surgical stapler meant to cut and seal the tissue around the appendix locked up.
Why Food Could Be the Best Medicine of All
When Tom Shicowich’s toe started feeling numb in 2010, he brushed it off as a temporary ache. At the time, he didn’t have health insurance, so he put off going to the doctor. The toe became infected, and he got so sick that he stayed in bed for two days with what he assumed was the flu. When he finally saw a doctor, the physician immediately sent Shicowich to the emergency room. Several days later, surgeons amputated his toe, and he ended up spending a month in the hospital to recover.
New ways to detect cancer early will help pave the way for precision health
Precision medicine aims to carefully target cancer and other diseases with the right drug at the right time for the right patient (a mantra that is getting a bit old). It’s a worthwhile goal, but it spends a lot of health care time, energy, and money on the tail end of disease.
Another Obstacle for Women in Science: Men Get More Federal Grant Money
For ambitious young scientists trying to start their own research labs, winning a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health can be career making.
But when it comes to the size of those awards, men are often rewarded with bigger grants than women, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA, which found that men who were the principal investigators on research projects received $41,000 more than women.
The Jail Health-Care Crisis
As a child growing up in Pueblo, Colorado, Jeremy Laintz travelled widely with his father, an aeronautics engineer at Lockheed Martin, who sometimes took his four kids along on business trips. ... As a teenager, though, he slipped into trouble—he was arrested first for driving under the influence, and then, in his late teens, for felony car theft.

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