Shefali S. Kulkarni

Decision Day: How It’s Playing On Twitter

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We’re watching Twitter so you don’t have to. We will update this page throughout the day with the most interesting and provocative reactions from social media. 6:25 p.m. update: VIDEO: #SCOTUS confirms what I have consistently said, #Obamacare is a #TaxHike and we need #FullRepeal #idpol youtube.com/watch?v=s-WnFC… — Senator Mike Crapo (@MikeCrapo) June 28, 2012 […]

Health Policy Groups Prepare For Day Of Spin

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Updated at 9:15 a.m. on June 28. The anticipation over the Supreme Court’s health law ruling has the health policy world busy with activity. Interest groups, advocates and other stakeholders are not only awaiting for the Court’s decision, they are strategizing and agonizing over the best ways to get their reactions out to the public — […]

Alzheimer’s Researcher Turns To Drug She Helped Invent

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Every week, KHN reporter Shefali S. Kulkarni selects interesting reading from around the Web. The Atlantic: An Alzheimer’s Researcher Ends Up On The Drug She Helped Invent Given her relatively young age, Dr. Rae Lyn Burke didn’t think much about her family history of Alzheimer’s disease — a grandmother and an aunt had suffered from […]

LGBT Community Still Has Hurdles In Health Care Equality

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This year the Healthcare Equality Index, a report produced by the Human Rights Campaign that shows which hospitals and health care facilities score best on measures relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, visitors and employees, is flashing some big numbers: A 40 percent increase in the number of health care facilities volunteering to participate in […]

Battling HIV In Washington; Adderall Use Among U.S. High Schoolers

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Every week, KHN reporter Shefali S. Kulkarni selects interesting reading from around the Web. Global Post / PBS NewsHour: Groups Fighting HIV In D.C. Find Lessons In Africa On a recent day not far from Capitol Hill and the White House, about a dozen HIV outreach workers toting bright yellow duffle bags stuffed with condoms and prevention […]

Toobin’s Tips On SCOTUS Decision

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Every week, KHN reporter Shefali S. Kulkarni selects interesting reading from around the Web. ABC News: Health Scare: How Much Will You Pay For Health Care? When the nurse calls my name, I head up to the check-in desk. “I’m sorry,” she says as she lowers her eyes and hands me the phone. On the […]

Leavitt Talks Prevention, But Not Politics On Bipartisan Panel

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Just a few days after he was tapped to be a part of presidential-hopeful Mitt Romney’s transition team, Michael Leavitt Tuesday took on a very different mission: obesity. Leavitt was one of four former cabinet officials presenting a report on the economic impact of the obesity epidemic at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington. The […]

The Cost Of Dying; Insuring Fertility

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Every week, KHN reporter Shefali S. Kulkarni selects interesting reading from around the Web. Newsweek: Why Did Her Husband’s End-Of-Life Care Cost So Much? During those four days Terence had his blood drawn—eight times. Urine collected at least twice. There was a CT scan of his chest and an MRI of his brain. A physical […]

Need Help Navigating Patient Data Laws? New Website Offers One-Stop Shop

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As more patient information goes digital, health providers, insurers and government officials are having a tougher time navigating the patchwork of state and federal laws that dictate what information can be shared without violating patient confidentiality. “Frankly there’s a lot of confusion out there about what types of information can be shared, what parties can […]

When Is A Life Too Long?; The Rising Cost Of Children’s Health Care

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Every week, KHN reporter Shefali S. Kulkarni selects interesting reading from around the Web. New York Magazine: A Life Worth Ending I will tell you, what I feel most intensely when I sit by my mother’s bed is a crushing sense of guilt for keeping her alive. Who can accept such suffering—who can so conscientiously […]

Is The U.S. Military Too Soft On Fat?

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It’s not just military retirees and veterans who are packing on the pounds. At a policy summit Wednesday, health and military experts said the obesity epidemic has become a significant threat to national security as the waistlines of military enlistees are expanding. Overweight and obese enlistees and soldiers are making it harder for recruiters to find physically […]

Today’s headlines – May 23, 2012

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Middle of the week! Here are your morning headlines: The New York Times: Recession Possible If Impasses Persists, Budget Office Says The economy could relapse into a recession if President Obama and Congress remain at an impasse and allow several big tax increases and spending cuts to take effect at the start of 2013, the […]

Targeting Diabetes Prevention Among Medicare Beneficiaries

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Recent studies might suggest an increase of Type 2 diabetes among children and young adults, but the real low hanging fruit, according to diabetes and policy experts, may be among the Medicare population. Those 65 and older tend to be a costly population for health care services, according to Michael Mawby, the government affairs officer […]

More 20-30 Somethings Are Taking Care Of Elderly

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Every week, Kaiser Health News reporter Shefali S. Kulkarni selects interesting reading from around the Web. ABC News: Early Burdens: Eldercare Falls on Young Shoulders At 30, Suzette Armijo cares for her widowed 86-year-old grandmother, a retired National Park Service ranger in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, while holding down a fulltime job, a […]

Study: Dental Therapists Thrive On A Global Scale

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More than 50 million Americans lack access to dental care, but only two states — Minnesota and Alaska — allow mid-level dental providers to practice basic dental services on low-income, low-access communities. Today a report released by the the W.K. Kellogg Foundation looks at 26 nations and territories’ experiences with mid-level dental therapists, and found that they […]

Social Media Rundown: Three Days At The Supreme Court

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This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the 2010 health law, in what court watchers are calling the biggest case at the high court in decades. Here’s a rundown from the social media-sphere of what happened in those three days. Day 1: Can We Even Argue About The Health Care Law? Mon., March 26 […]

New Report Identifies Barriers To HIV Care In U.S.

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In July 2010 the White House created the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) that set out to decrease HIV-related health disparities, to increase access to care for the disease and to improve health outcomes for HIV patients. But in order to effectively measure the success of this plan, the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP) commissioned […]

More Americans Head To The ER For Dental Emergencies

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Americans who turn up in the emergency room to get dental care aren’t lost, they’re probably just running out of options. According to a new report from the Pew Center on the States, more than 800,000 visits to the ER in 2009 were for toothaches and other avoidable dental ailments. “People showing up at emergency […]