Health insurance exchanges open their doors today despite gov. shutdown!

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After all of the controversy and planning for the central element of the Affordable Care Act, the day has arrived. Following considerable controversy and attempts to put a stop to the healthcare reforms, the most public-facing portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s crown jewel, has now arrived for Americans in the form of health insurance exchanges that are opening their doors for enrollment in every state across the country. Regardless of the government shutdown, Obama has announced that millions of Americans can begin shopping for…

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Healthcare reforms in China simplify process for patients, not providers

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Hospitals are finding that this new system is not working out as well for them as for the people using them. According to the latest data that has been issued by analysts, while the Chinese government has intentions to lower the bills, and its healthcare reforms have been applauded by the industry, it is lacking in details that are needed to correct the hospital finance shortfalls. The government has made the effort to reduce the size of medical bills central to its massive overhaul. The central government has made its…

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Healthcare study identifies possible savings of $2 trillion over 10 years

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The researchers are now calling for a new spending target that may be highly effective. According to a study that was just released on Thursday, the United States would be able to save $2 trillion from its spending on the healthcare system over the next 10 years if the federal government would help to influence the rapidly increasing costs in both the public and private sectors, so that they would more effectively align with economic growth. The study was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonpartisan group. In the report…

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As people lose their health insurance, the number of emergency room visits skyrocket

New figures about hospital use have shown that there has been a sharp increase in the number of visits to emergency rooms, and that – according to physicians – the rising numbers are the result of an intensifying demand for improvements and services that would permit emergency departments to provide patients with faster treatment. Early estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that in 2009, the number of emergency room visits increased by nearly 10 percent, which was the most significant rise in visits since…

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Official goals and challenges of U.S. health care reform – A hope for better care, delivery, and costs – Part II

Needless to say, health care reform is a hot issue now-a-days, and will remain as U.S. citizens rifle through information with the hope of making sense of it all. Part two of our series will easily outline the issues that are of extreme concern, look at how funds are being allocated and the avenues that are being taken to solve America’s health care situation. These tactics are in addition to part one of this article series:  Attempting to provide all Americans with the necessary healthcare within reasonable time Prevention –…

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Official goals and challenges of U.S. health care reform – A hope for better care, delivery, and costs – Part I

The reforms to healthcare delivery being made by the Affordable Care Act are making an historic attempt to bring its costs under control by improving the quality and efficacy of the system. According to an official fact sheet, among the key reforms being made in this effort are as follows: Rewards for quality  Hospitals – this includes the first Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program of its size, which will give funding to more than 3,500 hospitals across the country based on how much they have improved and whether or not they…

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