Jessica Marcy

Perry’s Personal Health Policies; 5 State Medicaid Strategies; Medical Illiteracy

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Time: Gov. Rick Perry’s Weird Science When defending his 2007 attempt to make human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations mandatory for young girls in Texas, (Gov. Rick Perry) pointed out that both of his parents were cancer survivors and proclaimed, “I hate […]

Who Is Influencing Health Care?

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Salon / Global Post: What’s Happening To A Model Healthcare System? Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh once vowed to flee to Costa Rica if President Barack Obama’s health care reforms took effect. Limbaugh might have overlooked a couple of critical […]

Doctors Advocating Less Care; Addiction As A ‘Disease’

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. The Daily Beast: One Word Can Save Your Life: No! These physicians are not anti-medicine. They are not trying to save money on their copayments or deductibles. And they are not trying to rein in the nation’s soaring health-care costs, […]

The Long View On Long Term Care, California Style

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People in the Golden State who are approaching their golden years do so with trepidation, according to a new survey. Sixty-six percent of California voters over 40 are concerned they won’t be able to afford long-term care and 63 percent are worried about future health care costs. At least another 70 percent are worried about […]

A Break For Sleep-Deprived Docs; Gruber Profile

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. New York Times: The Phantom Menace Of Sleep-Deprived Doctors Last month something extraordinary happened at teaching hospitals around the country: Young interns worked for 16 hours straight — and then they went home to sleep. After decades of debate and […]

The Effect Of Bedside Manner; Migraines And Sexism

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. The Economist: Looking To Uncle Sam Politicians want to lower spending, or at least they say they do. But in all the to-and-fro over raising the debt ceiling, little sensible has been said about lowering spending in the long term. […]

Expensive Cities For Health Care; Mapping Medicaid

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Bundle [a financial-analysis website]: The Most And Least Expensive Cities For Health Care It’s bewildering for anyone who has ever paid for a health procedure out of pocket when health insurance doesn’t cover the full cost (or when the person is uninsured […]

The Effect Of Bedside Manner; Migraines And Sexism

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Time: Your Doctor’s Bedside Manner Could Affect Your Health Even if your doctor doesn’t have the best beside manner, you’re probably willing to excuse her behavior as long as she treats your condition and makes you healthy again, right? Well, […]

Advocates Press For Federal Aid In Making Mental Health Records Electronic

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Joan Sivley believes that health information technology could have helped her son Dan from unnecessary suffering as he struggled for eight years to get an accurate diagnosis of schizo-affective disorder. During that time, he shuffled through various psychiatric hospitals and residential centers, paying as much as $30,000 a month out of pocket, only to receive […]

Penalties For Doctors Who Keep Patients Waiting

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. MedPage Today: Time Is Money And Some Doctors Are Paying The Price When she makes a doctor’s appointment, Cherie Kerr makes it clear that she better not be kept waiting long. She said she usually tries to schedule the first appointment […]

Oregon Program Builds On British Model

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. American Medical News: HIV In Primary Care: Treating An Aging Epidemic Of the 3,155 U.S.-based members of the HIV Medicine Assn., 45% are older than 50, according to a March 17 Institute of Medicine report on HIV screening and access […]

Community Mental Health Centers Welcome Proposed Regs

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Mental health advocates are welcoming an effort by federal officials to better regulate community mental health centers, calling it a long-overdue step. “It’s important because right now community mental health centers are the only group of providers that operate in Medicare without conditions of participation. It’s important for there to be standards to make sure […]

A Medicare Compromise; Improving Mental Health Policies

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Jessica Marcy selects interesting reading from around the Web. Time: What If There Was A Reasonable Compromise On Medicare? Sen. Joe Lieberman has found an ally for the middle-of-the-road Medicare reform proposal he laid out a few weeks ago. On Tuesday, the independent Senator from Connecticut and conservative Republican […]

Governors’ Wish List For Medicaid

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A sampling of Medicaid changes some state chief executives would advance if they were given more flexibility from the federal government. This issue is likely to be a hot topic this weekend as the governors convene in Washington, D.C. for their winter meeting.