I remember 7 South at the Children’s hospital very well. I remember the distinctive smell, the large rooms, the friendly nurses, and Shantel. For a brief period of time, Shantel and her little boy — a too skinny child named James — were there every time I was there with my little girl. 7 South was the GI floor — Shantel and I were there because our children had the same dastardly liver disease that, for the time being, was winning. And that was it. We had nothing else in common.

She grew up…

Lobbyists have a favorite maxim: If you don’t have a seat at the table, it means you’re on the menu. And that is certainly true for those left out of the top-secret, closed-door creation of the Senate’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act.”

If you were expecting health care policy that maintains current insurance levels to emerge from the ACA repeal effort, you’ve not been paying attention. The stated reason for the Senate and House bills is to deliver on the GOP’s election promise to repeal Obamacare. …


Picture this. Amy becomes pregnant while working as a high school teacher. Her employer’s health insurance plan pays bill was covers the maternity bills and she happily raises her twins.

Fast-forward a few years. She’s decided to become an entrepreneur and runs a small business. She becomes pregnant again but, this time, finds that her $400 a month individual health insurance policy won’t cover the expenses. In fine print, she discovers that she needed to purchase a special rider to activate maternity care benefits. …

You already know what cavities are, and probably knew that cavities — or tooth decay — is caused by bacteria. The great majority of us have had at least one dental restoration (the process you undergo to remove and replace a part of a tooth damaged by decay). It’s an almost universal experience.

There have been studies which have linked oral decay and an increased risk of respiratory infections, bloodstream infections, heart issues, diabetes, pregnancy complications, osteoporosis and arthritis. …


… There is a far more fundamental issue affecting the overall success of our healthcare system. Doctors and patients need more transparency when it comes to health care costs.

Healthcare is becoming more expensive by the year. In 1960, healthcare costs accounted for 5% of the gross domestic product. In 2015, they made up 17.8 percent. Although the rates of spending growth actually decreased since 2010 when the Affordable Care Act was enacted, a recent study demonstrated that for employees under 65 with employer sponsored health insurance, the proportion of income consumed by health insurance premiums has…

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Fake news has replaced responsible journalism. It’s hard to know what to believe. It wasn’t long ago that supermarket tabloids like National Enquirer were considered fake news. Now it seems the Enquirer and TMZ may be more reliable sources of accurate news than the New York Times or Washington Post.

Government agencies aren’t immune from the fake news trend either. The Congressional Budget Office describes itself as, “Strictly nonpartisan; conducts objective, impartial analysis; and hires its employees solely on the basis of professional competence without regard to political affiliation.”

I’ll bet most newspapers and television news…


THCB readers are well aware this coming week Senate Republicans plan to begin debate on passing their amended version of the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act. As of today, June 23rd, immediate reactions by Republican senators to the June 22ndreleased discussion draft have been limited largely because members immediately left town after the draft’s release. The Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO’s) score, that will again be influential, is expected this Monday or Tuesday. Senate debate on the legislation will likely begin next Wednesday with a vote expected late Friday or early…


Is health insurance a plan to help healthy people mitigate against an unexpected illness, or an income subsidy to help the sick pay for medical care?

Conservatives ought to have a clear answer to that question. Not long ago Congressman Morris Brooks from Alabama did not and found himself on the receiving end of liberal ridicule.

By suggesting that those who take better care of themselves should pay lower health insurance premiums, Brooks implied that health insurance is indeed a type of insurance arrangement. After all, the risk adjustment of premiums is a practice proper to…

Proposed rules released by CMS concerning the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act contain some notable changes for the 2018 reporting year (the 2020 payment year). The overall feel of the changes is a slowdown of MACRA progression, which should come as no surprise considering that CMS has already made 2017 a “transition” year for providers and delayed many of the requirements involving financial risk. The newest round of changes would further delay serious financial ramifications, adding bonus points, higher thresholds, and caveats to rules that will help providers avoid penalties.

Many of the changes will mainly affect the Merit-based…


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