Thirty years ago, Bonnie Svarstad and Chester Bond of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison discovered an interesting pattern in the use of sedatives at nursing homes in the south of the state. Patients entering church-affiliated nonprofit homes were prescribed drugs roughly as often as those entering profit-making “proprietary” institutions. But patients in proprietary homes received, on...Read more
Hospitals' uncompensated care costs, which include unpaid medical bills and charity care expenses, rose to more than $41 billion in 2011, according to the American Hospital Association. Such costs, however, should decline a year from now in 2014 once broader health coverage is available under the Affordable Care Act. Read more about it here: @Forbes.com...Read more
Thank you for your support in 2012. Wishing you a safe and fun filled New Year's Eve! May 2013 be everything you wish. =)...Read more
This Kaiser Family Foundation annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing provisions, and other relevant information. The survey continues to document employer's implementation of health reform with question on the percent of firms with grandfathered health plans and enrollment of adult children due to...Read more
>> 1.37 millionNumber of people who need mental health, substance abuse and/or developmental disability services in N.C.
>> 135,536Number of people in North Carolina who were seen in a hospital emergency room for a mental health crisis in 2010
>> 239Number of those people who...
Many preventive services are covered under the new health care law.The Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. Many insurance plans are now required to cover the full cost of important preventive services, like medical tests (screenings) and shots (vaccines). Ask your insurance provider what’s...
Happy Holidays everyone from all of us at SOS; have Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!...Read more
Much like Santa, Fierce Healthcare made a list and checked it twice. And although 2012 saw hospitals making great efforts to improve care and cut costs, some healthcare organizations deserve a stocking full of coal. Here is a link to the six hospitals and health systems that made headlines for all the wrong reasons. >>
Most people think they know the basics about health insurance reform in 2014: If they do not have access to medical insurance, they will be required to purchase insurance (costly) or they will be taxed (also costly.) What many people don't know is that based on their income, age and family size, they may be eligible...Read more
Insurers pursue multiple strategies to reduce the cost of covering enrollees with pre-existing conditions, or medical conditions and health problems that existed before the individual enrolled in a health plan. One strategy, the pre-existing condition exclusion, allows insurers to refuse to cover any costs associated with care for a pre-existing condition permanently or over a...Read more