Author Archives: Laura Newman

Lay Off the Ageism
About Sen. John McCain

Tweet Guest Post by Thomas Goldsmith All you amateur MDs and gerontologists, _lay off_ Sen. John McCain. Yes, he appeared confused in questioning Comey. But you have no idea from watching TV whether he is “senile,” has a neurocognitive disorder, … Continue reading

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About Sen. John McCain

He Changed His Mind: Reflections
On Decline and the End of Life

Tweet Guest Post By Richard Krawiec Three weeks ago Monday I got a call saying my sister had found my 92-year-old father, who had been living on his own, on the bathroom floor, where he’d lain for 12 hours after … Continue reading

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Commercial Physician Review Sites Tend to Miss the Mark

Tweet Are you hoping that you’ll find a new doctor by looking at online physician review sites? About 60% of people look there, but a new study suggests these sites offer little. Many physicians are not rated at all. For … Continue reading

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Healthcare Price Transparency: A Look at Aetna’s Web-Based Tool

Tweet   Illustration source: Vermont Health Connect, Vermont.gov Would you look at comparative price information for procedures like an MRI, sleep study, or colonoscopy before you selected where to have a procedure done? Would you like to have fewer surprises … Continue reading

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Answer Paul Ryan’s Quick Phone Survey on Whether You Back ACA/Obamacare

Tweet You have a chance to weigh in on whether or not you back Obamacare today. Paul Ryan has a phone survey for you. It takes a short time, with a support/no support answer. These calls are logged in so … Continue reading

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Seven Days in November:
Healthcare and the Road Ahead

Tweet As if an acrimonious campaign and stunning election were not enough, the past seven days have been rife with anxiety and fear that the Republic is crumbling. In healthcare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare, Medicaid–and you name it–many federal … Continue reading

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Healthcare and the Road Ahead

PatientPOV to Look at Dollars
And Value in Healthcare

Tweet Today, I am announcing that PatientPOV will make a concerted effort to take up economic issues and value in healthcare because changes are afoot. Everyone from health policy wonks, elected officials, and health insurers are pressing for getting value … Continue reading

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Moving the Goal Posts to Catch the Ball and Other Hazards of A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Treatment Trial

Tweet When it comes to offering patients high-quality care for a poorly understood disease, solid, well-funded research, medical education, and respect go a long way. In a masterful report today in STAT, Julie Rehmeyer sets the record straight on chronic fatigue … Continue reading

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Appendicitis in America: Time for Practice Change?

Tweet Chances are good that most readers have had personal experience with appendicitis. Appendectomy is the top inpatient surgery for kids and it far outpaces all other pediatric surgeries. Also, appendicitis is the most frequent reason adults make it to … Continue reading

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AARP: Stakeholder for Waste and Moneyed Interests?

Tweet AARP, you lost whatever presumed credibility you thought you had with one article in the current issue of your magazine. I am talking about the hard copy of “All the President’s Scans: Our Commander in Chief Regularly Gets An … Continue reading

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