Medicaid Expansion is Evidence the Health Policy Debate Defies Political Divides
By AMY LONG and JOE MOLLOY  Among all the talk of waves and tides of the close midterm races around the country, there were tremendous results on election day for Medicaid expansion. Three states – Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah – passed ballot initiatives approving the policy. On top of that, in Kansas and Maine, governors who had vetoed the policy in the past were replaced with candidates promising to enact it. This was obviously great news for supporters of Medicaid expansion with the total number of expansion states firmly at 36. What were the issues? In Idaho, the Expansion ballot initiative was designed t...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Medicaid Politics Amy Long Joe Molloy Medicaid Expansion Midterm Elections Toothpic Source Type: blogs

THCB Spotlight: Jesse Ehrenfeld, AMA
Today, we are featuring Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld from the American Medical Association (AMA) on THCB Spotlight. Matthew Holt interviews Dr. Ehrenfeld, Chair-elect of the AMA Board of Trustees and an anesthesiologist with the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The AMA has recently released their Digital Health Implementation Playbook, which is a guide to adopting digital health solutions. They also launched a new online platform called the Physician Innovation Network to help connect physicians with entrepreneurs and developers. Watch the interview to find out more about how the AMA is supporting health innovation, as wel...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Artificial Intelligence Physicians Tech THCB Spotlights AI AMA American Medical Association CVS-Aetna digital health health innovation Jesse Ehrenfeld Source Type: blogs

The Disruptive Potential of Employer-Centered Care
By LAWRENCE LEISURE  When it comes to health care prices, the burden piled on payers can seem almost cartoonishly heavy. News stories on the state of the industry read as though some satirist decided to exaggerate real systemic flaws into cost-prohibitive fiction. A particularly painful example hit the presses earlier this year, when a writer for Reuters revealed that the cost of a full course of oncology treatment skyrocketed from $30,447 in 2006 to $161,141 in the last few years. The change was so unbelievable as to verge on dark comedy — but there isn’t much to find funny in the situation when lives and...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Patients workforce Castlight Health direct primary care Employer-based insurance employer-centered care Health insurance Kaiser Permanente Lawrence Leisure Source Type: blogs

Unconsciously Chasing a Dream
You're reading Unconsciously Chasing a Dream, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Our unconscious routines are making us or breaking us. As I woke up before the sunrise I walked over to the couch and turned on a small lamp, then started my coffee and grabbed my phone. After mindlessly scrolling Facebook and Twitter which seemed like five minutes, my son woke up and came out to join me on the couch. How was the morning gone already? How did an hour and a half go by? As I was reflecting on my life, I was remin...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zech Newman Tags: featured psychology self improvement dreams happiness pickthebrain unconscious Source Type: blogs

Where to Apply Artificial Intelligence in Health Care
By HANS DUVEFELT MD  I have seen the light. I now, finally, see a clear role for artificial intelligence in health care. And, no, I don’t want it to replace me. I want it to complement me. I want AI to take over the mandated, mundane tasks of what I call Metamedicine, so I can concentrate on the healing. In primary care visits in the U.S., doctors and clinics are buried in government mandates. We have to screen for depression and alcohol use, document weight counseling for every overweight patient (the vast majority of Americans), make sure we probe about gender at birth and current gender identification, offer ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Artificial Intelligence Physicians AI Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Ten Tips to Help You Feel Happier
You're reading Ten Tips to Help You Feel Happier, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Happiness is an elusive concept, we all want it but not many of us can define what it actually is and even fewer how to get it. Unfortunately, a lot of us fall into the trap of the ‘I will be happy when’ mentality. It’s an easy fix supported by our own psychology and propagated by the modern world. You end up thinking; ‘I will be happy when I have lost 10kg’s’, ‘I will be happy when ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: WillMayo Tags: featured happiness self improvement holidays how to be happier pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

MedPAC ’s Proposed “Reforms” Should Be Tested Before They’re Implemented: CMS’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Is Exhibit A | Part II
Conclusions reached by Gupta et al. and MedPAC In November of 2017 Ankur Gupta and 10 other experts in cardiovascular medicine published an article in JAMA Cardiology entitled, “Association of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program implementation with readmission and mortality outcomes in heart failure.” The authors were affiliated with well-known universities, and three of them were also editors of JAMA Cardiology [4]. Their research was financed by grants from the NIH and Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF), a “voluntary quality improvement program” sponsored by the Amer...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Medicare Politics CMS Congress hospital readmissions HRRP Kip Sullivan MedPAC P4P Pay for Performance Source Type: blogs

Part II | MedPAC ’s Proposed “Reforms” Should Be Tested Before They’re Implemented: CMS’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Is Exhibit A
Conclusions reached by Gupta et al. and MedPAC In November of 2017 Ankur Gupta and 10 other experts in cardiovascular medicine published an article in JAMA Cardiology entitled, “Association of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program implementation with readmission and mortality outcomes in heart failure.” The authors were affiliated with well-known universities, and three of them were also editors of JAMA Cardiology [4]. Their research was financed by grants from the NIH and Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF), a “voluntary quality improvement program” sponsored by the Amer...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Medicare Politics CMS Congress hospital readmissions HRRP Kip Sullivan MedPAC P4P Pay for Performance Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 61
On Episode 61 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I are still in Tokyo—but this time we’re reporting from a famous whiskey bar. In this episode, Jess asks me about the most important takeaways from Health 2.0 Asia-Japan and the growing health tech market there. We also have two special guest stars today: Yuuri Ueda, the director of Health 2.0 Asia-Japan, tells us how loosening government regulations are opening up opportunities for more and more startups to break into telemedicine, and Fred Trotter explains how Japanese startups can learn from the U.S. in terms of data security and privacy. All this in (exactly) ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health 2.0 Health in 2 point 00 Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Data Security Fred Trotter Health 2.0 Asia-Japan Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

Is Writing Your Passion?  Really?
Conclusion It is very necessary to time and again examine yourself. That are you a writer? Is it really your passion? Or has a third party goal has set in? And for the ones who really want to be writers, this question is more important. Am I still a writer? Have I deviated from my goal? Money is important, but not more than the art. Art is important, but not more than your interest. Interests are important, but not more than you.You've read Is Writing Your Passion? Really?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articl...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: at aspiring Tags: creativity featured self improvement find your passion life lessons personal growth self awareness writing tips Source Type: blogs

MedPAC ’s Proposed “Reforms” Should Be Tested Before They’re Implemented: CMS’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program Is Exhibit A
This report card is grossly inaccurate even though it relies on medical records data as well as claims data.) By the late 1990s, conventional wisdom among health policy “thought leaders” had elevated readmission rates to the same status as mortality rates – it was a legitimate quality measure that could be safely administered to thousands of hospitals and millions of patients. However, the conventional wisdom remained unproven by the early 2000s, and remains unproven to this day. “[T]he link between early readmission and quality of care is still uncertain,” is how five experts put it in a 2004...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Medicare Politics ACA Affordable Care Act CHIP CMS Congress hospital readmissions Kip Sullivan MACRA MedPAC P4P Pay for Performance Source Type: blogs

How to Calm Your Nerves and Stay Cool: 17 Tips That Work
“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Sydney J. Harris The stress is rising. You’re starting to feel frustrated with situation you’re in. Or angry. Or maybe sad and like you just want to pack up and go home. But at the same time you also know that you need to calm your nerves and stay cool. To be able to think clearly. To not overreact, make the wrong decision or to not say the wrong thing in a moment of anger, overwhelm or confusion. I’m sure you – just like me – have been in situations like these many times. So this week I’d like to share 17 habits a...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Habits Happiness Personal Development Relaxation Success Source Type: blogs

4 Key Ingredients to Avoid in Cosmetics
You're reading 4 Key Ingredients to Avoid in Cosmetics, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. As you walk down a store’s beauty aisle, it’s easy to choose the most popular brands and products that line the shelves. After all, they are on sale and the labels claim to be organic or all natural. Despite these perks, what consumers fail to realize is that these labels can deceive consumers into believing their items are safe and toxin-free. The truth is the beauty market across the United States has lack...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Rosati Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement beauty pickthebrain toxic Source Type: blogs

Iowa Race Questions Logic of Significance of Health Policy Debate
By AMY LONG and JOE MOLLOY  According to the Democrats, their success across the country in the midterm elections has largely been due to the party running on healthcare. Indeed, surveys such as the one conducted by Health Research Incorporated indicated that health was the number one concern for voters during the midterms. In the three states where Medicaid expansion was on the ballot, voters were in favor of it. We’ve been wondering about that, so we took a look at how Iowa voted. It’s one thing for voters to support healthcare on its own. It’s another for an issue to outweigh all others. Did h...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Politics Iowa Midterm Elections Toothpic Trump Source Type: blogs

How Being Busy All the Time is Hurting You – plus 3 ways to stop
You're reading How Being Busy All the Time is Hurting You – plus 3 ways to stop, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. When you catch up with a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile, what’s one of the first things out of your mouth when they ask you how you are? Is it something along the lines of “good, but SO busy”? What if the most interesting thing about us wasn’t how busy we are? We live in a culture of more. So many people want to make more money, buy more things, and ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JesDickerson Tags: featured productivity tips self improvement boundaries busy busyiness no pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 60
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I report from a hedgehog cafe in Tokyo. In this episode, Jess asks me about Bright Health’s $200 million raise and the significance of Amazon’s new EMR product. We also talk about Health 2.0 Asia-Japan, which is happening right now (December 4-5) in Tokyo, showing us the health care market outside of the U.S. Look forward to hearing from some great speakers at the conference, including John Bass from Hashed Health on blockchain, Fred Trotter on security, David Ewing Duncan on the new wellness and personalized medicine, and Adam Pellegrini from Fitbit. And, of co...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 point 00 Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Amazon Blockchain Bright Health Health 2.0 Personalized Medicine Wellness Source Type: blogs

Integrating in Health Care: 6 Tools for Working Across Boundaries
By REBECCA FOGG  Today’s health care providers face the formidable challenge of delivering better, more affordable and more convenient care in the face of spiraling care costs and an epidemic of chronic disease. But the most innovative among them are making encouraging progress by “integrating”—which in this context means working across traditional boundaries between patients and clinicians, health care specialties, care sites and sectors. The impulse to do so is shrewd, according to our innovation research in sectors from computer manufacturing to education. We’ve found that when a produ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Hospitals Physicians collaboration health innovation Health Tech Integration Iora Health Kaiser Permanente Oak Street Health partnerships Rebecca Fogg Source Type: blogs

Hypnosis – what’s fact and what’s fiction?
You're reading Hypnosis – what’s fact and what’s fiction?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Hypnosis is a technique that is both widely used and controversial. Many see it as a form of stage entertainment. True hypnosis, however, is very different and has valuable medical and therapeutic benefits, providing effective treatment to a variety of ailments - from anxiety and depression to chronic pain. To help you gain a deeper understanding of hypnosis, let’s look at how it works and unp...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SetYourMindFree Tags: featured self improvement health hypnosis pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

The Reality of Bush I on Health Care and Its Lessons for Today
By MICHAEL L. MILLENSON  Former President George H.W. Bush may have been every inch the caring individual portrayed in the eulogies of those who knew him, but when it came to health care reform, two words characterized his attitude: Don’t care. However, compared to Congressional Republicans, Bush was a profile in conservative courage – a lesson with unfortunate parallels to now. I covered health policy as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune during the Bush years. One strong memory, confirmed by checking original sources, was the presidential debate on Sept. 25, 1988 between Bush and his Democratic challenge...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Politics George HW Bush Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing
You're reading 5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Most people think that it is impossible to make yourself into a more creative person. After all, the creative geniuses we know about all seemed to show great promise from a young age. Plus, we all have those friends who are just 'naturally' good at drawing, or music, or coding. But the idea that creativity is something we're born with is just plain wrong. Sure, some people find it easier than others to make new ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - December 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eric Jackson Tags: creativity featured psychology self improvement boost creativity exercise pickthebrain writer's block Source Type: blogs

The Mindset for Making the Right Decisions in Life
The way you make decisions is essential. After all, your life is just the result of your decisions. So how do you make the right decisions in life? I found something interesting in the book summary of Reinvent Yourself. It says that in order to advance in life, you should make growth-oriented decisions instead of fear-based ones. For example, let’s say that you are in a job that you don’t like. If you decided to stay because you are afraid that you can’t find another job, that’s a fear-based decision. It might make you feel safe in the short-term, but it would lead to regret in the long-term. The gr...
Source: Life Optimizer - December 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Attitude Thinking Source Type: blogs

Many Ways of Skinning a Statistical Cat
By SAURABH JHA MD  In this episode of Firing Line, Saurabh Jha (aka @RogueRad), has a conversation with Professor Brian Nosek, a metaresearcher and co-founder of Center for Open Science. They discuss the implications of this study, which showed that there was a range of analytical methods when interrogating the database to answer a specific hypothesis: are soccer referees more likely to give red cards to dark skinned players? What is the significance of the variation? Does the variation in analysis explain the replication crisis? Listen to our conversation at Radiology Firing Line Podcast. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Data Radiology Firing Line Podcasts data analysis Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

3 Effective Ways to Beat Morning Depression
This article is for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for individual professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you need help for an emotional or behavioural problem, please seek the assistance of a psychologist or other qualified mental health professional Greg is the director at Counselling in Melbourne, a private counselling practice in Melbourne, Australia. Greg has been involved in the medical profession for many years, and has immediate family members who also have also chosen careers in the medical field such as Theater Nurse, Midwife Sister Paramedic, GP and On...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Greg Melbourne Tags: featured self improvement depression morning morning routine pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Using “citizen scientists” and crowdsourcing to spur medical progress
Preparing for this TEDMED talk gave me a wonderful occasion to pause and reflect.  With the release of the talk I have the space to give more color to experiences and ideas I shared there. When my husband Pat and I were faced with the pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE) diagnosis of our children, we were shocked. The linear, idyllic, progression of life that we expected was derailed. Instead, a surreal unfolding ensued. Day by day we realized that we couldn’t go backwards to BEFORE. We also realized that we would have to go ahead into a space we never knew existed. This foray into biomedical research ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

It Takes a Village, and a Tribe: Women Help Women Locally, Globally
The idea that “it takes a village” to raise children and maintain a healthy community has resonated for women all over the world ever since the 1975-85 UN Decade for Women brought women together from every corner of the world. “Women hold up half the sky,” became another mantra heard often at the 1995 review of the Decade known as the Fourth World Conference on Women. I thought about both expressions, reminders of women’s solidarity, strength, survival skills and commitment to social change and human rights, when I worked with pregnant refugee women in Greece recently. The experience grew out ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Disruptive Women Celebrates Independence Day
As we get ready to celebrate July 4th I wanted to share some thoughtful words, difficult questions, and wonder how it is that in 2017, there are many in the US who do not know what it means to be free, to be independent. We have made such encouraging progress but before too many hotdogs and apple pie are consumed, join me in watching this video. You might want to go easy on the fireworks, until we can answer Frederick Douglass’ question: “What to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L60475SRXkk&sns=em The post Disruptive Women Celebrates Independence...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Tech Tonics Podcast: Margaret Laws – Where Non-Profit & For-Profit Healthcare Innovation Collide
Margaret Laws has been working at the intersection of the for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare world for many years. This world has had an explosion of activity to find solutions to major public health and personal health challenges; according to Margaret, these worlds are beginning to blur and the newest foundations and non-profits are actively trying to bring the resources and discipline of private business sector to the big problems we are facing in the social sector. Her life’s work has been to straddle both of these worlds and try to bring them together. Today Margaret is CEO of HopeLab, an Om...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

How to sleep during pregnancy ? must read
Sleeping in pregnancy! Is it comfortable for you? If you are a stomach sleeper then you have to switch sleep positions to put up your growing girth. Once you are pregnant, getting comfortable at night is no easy achievement. Finally your back is painful; your belly is threatening to take over the bed and your legs are cramping. Overall, you have to understand that which position is the safest as well as best for sleeping during pregnancy. Sleep During Pregnancy There are numerous reasons why pregnant ladies might have trouble receiving sufficient sleep, for example getting up regularly to urinate, stomach problems such as ...
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Hello world!
Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! (Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care)
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Hello world!
Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! The post Hello world! appeared first on Disruptive Women in Health Care. (Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care)
Source: Disruptive Women in Health Care - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: dw at disruptivewomen.net Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

Consumers are Dishing On Healthcare Experiences —Be Part of the Conversation
By KARYN MULLINS  Consumers aren’t taking their healthcare providers’ words for it anymore. They’re taking charge and leading a digital revolution where individuals have the power to make their own educated decisions about care. According to the Healthcare Consumer Insight & Digital Engagement report by Binary Fountain, a leading online reputation management platform, 51 percent of people who have a physician share their personal healthcare experiences via online ratings, review sites and social media. Once shared, this information is immediately available to the entire world with just the c...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Patients The Business of Health Care health consumers Karyn Mullins medical sales patient experiences Source Type: blogs

How to Overcome Victim Thinking: 3 Powerful Steps for a Happier Life
“Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.” Helen Keller How do you react if something in your life doesn’t go as you wish? Well, at first you’ll probably feel pain of some sort. But what happens after that? What do you do after the initial pain? Do you think of yourself as a victim, as someone with little or no control or power? Do you slip back into a familiar headspace where you feel sorry for yourself and where you feel like someone – or the whole world – is against you? I used to get stuck in that destructive and self-estee...
Source: Practical Happiness and Awesomeness Advice That Works | The Positivity Blog - November 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Henrik Edberg Tags: Habits Happiness Personal Development Relaxation Success Source Type: blogs

EMRs, APIs, App stores & all that: More data
Conclusion At Health 2.0 we’ve been trying to shine a light on this topic for some time, and the good folks at SMART on FHIR (the Mandel/Mandl twins, Zak Kohane et al) and the Argonaut/FHIR/CARIN crowd (Graeme Grieve, Aneesh Chopra & a cast of hundreds), have all been banging the drum as well as laying down great work for several years. And yet it’s health tech, so slow incremental progress is probably what we should expect. The state of play is that the big vendors are all now awake to the issue, but there’s lots to sort out before access to data and integration into APIs becomes as automatic as we s...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health 2.0 Matthew Holt Allscripts API athenahealth Cerner EMR Epic health technology Source Type: blogs

The Incredible Benefits of Switching Off Your Phone and Going Outside
You're reading The Incredible Benefits of Switching Off Your Phone and Going Outside, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. In today’s digital age, it’s increasingly difficult to get away from technology. Many of us are hopelessly addicted to our phones, with research showing that the average person touches their phone 2600 times in a single day. But if you want to be your best and most motivated self, this habit could be more of a problem than you think. The Problem with Excessive Screen Time All th...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RebeccaBenson Tags: featured health and fitness internet culture psychology self improvement digital detox screen time screentime Source Type: blogs

Saying No to the Drug Crisis
By BRIAN KLEPPER In a recent essay, VIVIO Health’s CEO Pramod John guides us through four sensible drug policy changes and supporting rationales that could make drug pricing much fairer. Reading through it, one is struck by the magnitude of the drug manufacturing industry’s influence over policy, profoundly benefiting that sector at the deep expense of American purchasers. As Mr. John points out, the U.S. has the world’s only unregulated market for drug pricing. We have created a safe harbor provision that allows and protects unnecessary intermediaries like pharmacy benefit managers. We have created mecha...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Pharmaceuticals Politics Brian Klepper drug prices Pfizer Source Type: blogs

Why Passion is Overrated (instead, here ’s what you should do)
You're reading Why Passion is Overrated (instead, here’s what you should do), originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. I often hear people say if they only had a real passion, they would be able to follow it, break free from their mundane job and create their dream life. But what to do when you don’t have a passion? Are you just supposed to wait until it one day magically drops from the sky to rescue you? I feel there’s this mistaken belief, that some people ‘have a passion’ for some...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christine Coaching Tags: featured motivation self improvement find your passion pickthebrain Source Type: blogs

Health Care-Related Public-Private Partnerships Will Likely Become the Norm in 2019
The objective was to test the possibility of having a private partner assume responsibility for supervision of the $203 million, 300,000-square-foot outpatient facility and the $318 million, 169-bed inpatient facility. The deadline for submitting proposals is Dec. 3. Earlier this year, Penn State Health announced plans to build a new health care facility in Cumberland County, which is the fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania. The project is planned as a 300,000-square-foot, three-story building with construction to begin in early 2019. This facility will have a 108-bed acute care hospital. Collaborative joint ventures ar...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Hospitals The Business of Health Care health care partnerships health innovation health spending Mary Scott Nabers P3 public-private partnerships U.S. health spending Source Type: blogs

6 Extraordinary Habits of Highly Self-Aware People
You're reading 6 Extraordinary Habits of Highly Self-Aware People, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. If you take a survey of most people who are considered “highly successful” in our society, you'll see that they have many different traits, but they also have many similarities. One of the biggest similarities is their capacity for self-awareness. Some people have a greater tendency to develop self-awareness than others but it isn't something that's given out for free. You are not born with self...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sim Campbell Tags: featured self improvement empathy pickthebrain self awareness Source Type: blogs

Can You Change How You Age?
You're reading Can You Change How You Age?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Anybody that knows me, knows that I am beyond obsessed with facial serums and potions, forever in the pursuit of the perfect anti-aging combination. While at first, I was interested in professional opinions and reviews by friends and colleagues, over the last few years my fascination has led me into a place that I never saw coming. I have gone from the obvious — How do I make my skin/face look younger? — to a conversati...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: featured health and fitness self improvement anti aging brain health pickthebrain science supplements Source Type: blogs

Young People Need To Turn Out For Their Health
By MERCEDES CARNETHON  Last week, we saw historic turnout at the polls for midterm elections with over 114 million ballots cast.  One noteworthy observation regarding voter turnout is record rates of participation by younger voters aged between 18 to 29 years old.  Around 31 percent of people aged 18 to 29 voted in the midterms this year, an increase from 21 percent in 2014, according to a day-after exit poll by Tufts University. Surely their political engagement counters the criticism that millennials are disengaged and disconnected with society and demonstrates that millennials are fully engaged when issue...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Politics Research clinical studies Diabetes heart disease Mercedes Carnethon Obesity voter turnout young adults Source Type: blogs

Black Friday Deal: Get 50% Off Blinkist
Quick link: click here to get 50% off Blinkist If you want to reach your full potential, you need to invest in your self-education. Knowledge is power and having a knowledge advantage will take you far in life. To help you have it, there is a Blinkist Black Friday deal for you: for a limited time, you can get 50% off Blinkist subscription. Blinkist is an app that helps you get the key ideas from nonfiction books. It solves the problem of having to spend a lot of time to read a book. With Blinkist, it takes you only 15 minutes to get all the important ideas from a book. It’s a great way to upgrade your knowledge and s...
Source: Life Optimizer - November 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: General Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00 Episode 59
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess interviews me all the way from London. In this episode, she asks me about Google, who hired Geisinger CEO David Feinberg to lead its health care initiatives, Driver, a startup which ran out of money just weeks after their launch, and HealthifyMe, which has recently raised $6 million. Jess also tells me about her recent trip to Berlin for Frontiers Health. Apparently, there’s a lot that the U.S. can learn from European startups, which have mastered regulatory and really understand how to plug what they’ve got right into pharma. Next, we’re headed to Tokyo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 point 00 Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt digital therapeutics Driver Geisinger Google Health Tech pharmaceuticals regulatory Startups Source Type: blogs

How to Become an Empowered Patient | ePatient Dave de Bronkart
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF Health “When doctors today say patients should stay off the Internet, I know they’re wrong.” — ePatient Dave de Bronkart Dave de Bronkart (aka ePatient Dave) credits online communities of other patients – and access to clinical research he found on his stage 4 cancer diagnosis – to saving his life more than a decade ago. Fast forward, and this patient advocate has taken his mantra, “Let Patients Help,” to the TedTalk stage and beyond. As health care continues to shift its focus from ‘patients’ to ‘consumers,’ how can we all...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Jessica DaMassa Patients WTF Health Dave de Brokart ePatient Dave ePatients patient advocate patient data Source Type: blogs

Death is a Tragedy that Keeps Us Going: How it feels to experience loss for the first time
You're reading Death is a Tragedy that Keeps Us Going: How it feels to experience loss for the first time, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live.” –Natalie Babbitt. Summer 2018 was supposed to be thrilling. Summer 2018 was supposed to be the summer of freedom. But I was wrong. I had recently graduated college and was excited to move back home to begin my next chapter. I w...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: rdtoro Tags: featured psychology self improvement appreciate life death grief how to deal with death how to love life Source Type: blogs

Just Published! The Power of Honest Medicine, My New Book on LDN
My new book, The Power of Honest Medicine, has just been published, and is available from Amazon.com in paperback and eBook editions.  The book, written with Don Schwartz, introduces readers to Low Dose Naltrexone—or LDN—an effective, inexpensive alternative to the costly, toxic treatments doctors routinely prescribe for autoimmune and other diseases. The Power of Honest Medicine contains contributions from eighteen people from around the world—from the US, the UK, and Europe—all of whom are eager to spread the word about this innovative treatment that has helped them, and has become a &ldquo...
Source: HONEST MEDICINE: My Dream for the Future - November 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JuliaS1573 at aol.com (Julia Schopick) Tags: Books HONEST MEDICINE Low Dose Naltrexone autoimmune autoimmune disease autoimmunity LDN Source Type: blogs

The Burning Question: Who Will Foot the Bill for America ’s Increasing Burn-Care Costs?
By CELIA BELT  Each year in the United States, half a million Americans will be treated for burns so severe as to require hospitalization. The “survivors”—including more than three hundred children each day and a drastically increasing number of U.S. military members since the turn of the millennium—can be expected to undergo arduous, agonizing surgeries and painful rehabilitation lasting for years. The emotional and physical trauma of these fellow citizens is not a pretty picture, nor is it an inexpensive one. According to estimates, patients with severe burns with no complications c...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Patients burn victims burns Celia Belt hospital bills non-profits Source Type: blogs

Mantras To Help You Get Through Hellish Times
You're reading Mantras To Help You Get Through Hellish Times, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. This post is for those who would rather eat raw chicken than meditate. I used to be one of those people. Whenever someone told me that I need to meditate I resisted it with all my might. Now, my new mantra is my favorite Star Trek quote, “Resistance is futile”. So, I have given in. I am starting to meditate. And I am doing it without kicking and screaming. I am also eating kale. Maybe it’s burie...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Banu Tags: featured meditation self improvement faith forgiveness Ganesh healing mantras om self love spirituality vibration Source Type: blogs

The MSSP Is No Silver Bullet for Healthcare Cost Control
But ACOs could pave the way for more significant cost-cutting based on competition. By KEN TERRY The Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), it was revealed recently, achieved a net savings of $314 million in 2017. Although laudable, this victory represents a rounding error on what Medicare spent in 2017 and is far less than the growth in Medicare spending for that year. It also follows two years of net losses for the MSSP, so it’s clearly way too soon for anyone to claim that the program is a success. The same is true of accountable care organizations (ACOs). About a third of the 472 ACOs in the MSSP received a tota...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Economics Health Policy Medicare Accountable Care Organizations Hospitals Ken Terry Medicare Shared Savings Program Physicians Source Type: blogs

Do You Love The Process or The Prize?
You're reading Do You Love The Process or The Prize?, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. The biggest dilemma in today's world is that we are not clear about the aim or passion of our life and that is what holds us back from becoming successful. We dream of becoming something else and we end up choosing a profession which we don't like. That's why we are going to solve this dilemma through the concept of process and prize. As a child, we dream of becoming many things and most of those professions are inspired...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Saurabh64cloud Tags: featured motivation productivity tips success best self improvement blog best self-improvement blogs good habits how to be successful inspiration life motivation tips passion Source Type: blogs

Developing a Heart of Giving
What attitude do you think would make the world a better place? While there might be other answers to this question, I believe that a key attitude is the attitude of giving. You see, almost everything that we read or hear is about getting: getting more money, reputation, or something else. Only occasionally do we read or hear about giving. That’s why I’d like to write about it today. I still have a lot to learn, but I’d like to share what I’ve learned so far with you. Why You Should Develop a Heart of Giving The main reason for developing a heart of giving is that it makes the world a better place....
Source: Life Optimizer - November 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Donald Latumahina Tags: Attitude Purpose Source Type: blogs