Different Takes: Lessons On Guarding Information About The President’s Health; Reckless Leaders Cost Lives

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Guarding The President’s Privacy Is Key For A White House Physician 

Before deciding to take a photogenic, early-evening helicopter ride from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center back to the White House, President Trump toyed with an even more dramatic idea. He discussed wearing a Superman T-shirt under his dress clothes, coming out of the hospital looking exhausted, and then tearing off his outer shirt to reveal himself as the ever-strong Superman. Made-for-tweeting publicity stunts that are rejected can still teach us something: In this case, it is about the power of costumes and the narratives they bring with them. (George J. Annas, 10/14)

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‘Burdensome’: High Number Of Probes Into Health Care Fraud Cost Providers

Modern Healthcare looks at what’s behind a spike in investigations launched by prosecutors that sometimes seem to be fishing expeditions.

Modern Healthcare:
Healthcare Fraud Probes Grow In Number, Intensity

The possibility of scoring a lucrative healthcare fraud settlement may be spurring broad information requests by the government that look more like “fishing expeditions” than targeted investigations, and as a result are driving up providers’ costs, legal experts said. Healthcare fraud investigations have consistently netted the government more than $2 billion in settlements a year since 2010, with whistleblowers recouping hundreds of millions of that share annually, according to U.S. Justice Department data. A “historic” $6 billion healthcare fraud investigation unveiled last week will likely fuel more federal and state probes. (Kacik, 10/3)

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Imagine Health Partners with Tenet Healthcare to Lower Cost of Healthcare for South Florida Employers

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Imagine Health and Tenet Healthcare have partnered to expand access to a new type of health plan throughout South Florida. Through direct contracting and built-in price protection, the Imagine Health plan will cut costs and provide direct access to high-quality care for self-insured employers and employees in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.

Through the relationship, self-funded employers and their employees can save as much as 20% on healthcare costs while gaining direct access to Tenet Healthcare’s 10 hospitals, including Palm Beach Children’s Hospital and two Level-1 trauma centers; eight ambulatory surgical centers; 20 urgent cares; and hundreds of primary care physicians and specialists throughout the region. An experienced Imagine Health member advocacy team will provide care navigation services, ensuring members get the most out of their health plan.

“In Florida, health insurance premiums rose 60% over

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One dad’s 10-day hospital stay cost $97,000

At just 18 years old, John FitzGerald signed up to serve his country in World War II, survived being a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over Germany in 1944, and went on to serve 40 years with the military. But at 96, the coronavirus was a foe he couldn’t beat.


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He died May 10, after a 10-day stay in isolation at Riddle Hospital in Delaware County.

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“They’d call us every day to give us an update, but he just got progressively worse,” his son-in-law Patrick Thompson recalled. The family knew their patriarch wasn’t invincible, “but we didn’t think it was going to be a virus.”

Months later, as the family was still grappling with a loss they hadn’t expected, they got another surprise: an explanation of benefits from FitzGerald’s health insurer that showed the hospital had

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Cosmetic Dentistry Cost and Benefits

Living with missing, gapped or decayed teeth can be limiting, inconvenient, and embarrassing. The innovative cosmetic dentistry can bring back the appearance and function of natural teeth, and can correct almost any deficiency in a person’s smile.

Today, dentistry is more than just pulling a tooth. Cosmetic dentistry is a new area of dentistry, which is different from general dentistry in many ways.

In the traditional dentistry, the dentist focuses on the patient’s dental health as well as general monitoring for possible oral diseases and hygiene, while the cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the aesthetic appearance of the patient’s teeth, mouth and smile.

Some of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures include dental implants, tooth-colored restorations, fillings, tooth whitening, veneers, crowns/bridges, braces, dental bonding, gum de-pigmentation, gap closures, lip and cheek injections, orthodontics, and more.

Using one or more of these cosmetic dental procedures, combined with the latest advances in … Read More

Pulling My Own Tooth Because of the Prohibitive Cost of Dentists

Jersey Channel Islands has no N H S Dentists:

I live in Jersey in the Channel Islands and I can tell you for a fact that there is no financial help for Dentist treatment available in the island, the Hospital do nothing but send you off with a couple of pain killers and tell you to go to a dentist for treatment, end of.

Now a few years ago I cracked a tooth in half, I was in agony; my tooth had split in half right into the gum. I went to the Jersey General Hospital with it; it felt like I had a sharp knife stabbing at the root of my tooth.

After waiting at the hospital for nearly three hours to be seen I was sent away with a couple of morphine tablets and told to go and see a dentist the following morning, they refused point blank … Read More

Where to Get Low Cost Minnesota Health Insurance

Looking for a health insurance plan in Minnesota that won’t cost you an arm and a leg? Here’s how to find low cost Minnesota health insurance with a reliable carrier.

Minnesota State Health Insurance

Minnesota has a number of state-sponsored insurance programs for low income individuals and families. These include:

* The Minnesota Medical Assistance program, which provides health care for low income Minnesotans. This program is different than Medicare which is a federally sponsored program for people over 65 and people with disabilities.

* The Minnesota General Assistance Medical Care program, which provides health care for low income Minnesotans who are not eligible for state sponsored or federally sponsored health care programs.

* The Minnesota Care Plan, which provides health care for low income, uninsured working Minnesotans.

For more information about these Minnesota health insurance programs call your county’s human services agency, or go to the Minnesota Department of … Read More

Cost of Elderly Health Care

On average, the cost of elderly health care is $5,531 annually. Family members not only provide hands-on care but often dig into their own pockets to pay other expenses which include groceries, drugs and medicines, medical equipments such as wheelchairs, toilet seat risers and transportation. Many times family members have to miss work and lose out on their income to take care of elderly family members.

Many family members take loans, skip vacations and often ignore their own health. Government must start providing tax deductions and tax credits to family caregivers.

The expenditures incurred for elderly health care is increasing rapidly and reaching astronomical heights. Elders have many special needs when it comes to health care. One is often left frustrated when there are gaps in insurance coverage. Medicare programs offer only minimal assistance for serious health disorders.

There are some programs that cover senior citizens. It covers hospital expenses … Read More

The Cost of Invisalign – Is it Justified?

How much does Invisalign cost? Invisalign gained popularity when it provided the option of teeth alignment without the ugly metal wires sticking out in your mouth. You certainly will feel self-conscious meeting people with your wired teeth so visibly obvious. Consequently, the thought of not looking good will result in an unfavorable decrease in self confidence.

Invisalign is the latest breakthrough in orthodontic care that provides an alternative method to conventional metal braces. These are transparent, plastic aligners that are produced in a series of created models that can be custom fit onto your teeth. Invisalign clear aligners effectively push on to the teeth and continuously correct the teeth position using the specified pressure in each aligner. The said pressure is created by consistent resetting of these braces by replacing the aligners every two weeks.

Another similarly striking feature that makes these Invisalign invisible braces interesting is they can be … Read More

Whatever Happened to the Simple Yet Cost Effective Dental Office Visit?

A few weeks ago one of my back teeth, a tooth crowned and capped a number of years ago, started acting up and became sensitive. There was no apparent swelling in my jaw and no pain but I decided to make an appointment with my dentist and let him investigate the problem further. After all, I thought, my dental professional has the tools, the expertise and the training to recommend a course of action for me to follow.

I had not visited this particular dental clinic (the former word office now seemed so gauche and out of place) in quite some time. Dental surgeons and not dentists populated the building now. The physical remodeling of the building combined with a staff restructuring left me at the mercy of a supposedly knowledgeable receptionist who would eventually connect me with a dentist who would help me with my problem. So I thought.… Read More