American Healthcare in Transition 2018-09-11T14:06:45+00:00

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… of Healthcare Insurance?  271,437 deaths per year are from health-related causes.  If six percent die from lack of healthcare insurance, 16,558 Americans could die from being UNINSURED or UNDERINSURED.

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By Author Brian Casull, MD, MPA

COL (R) US Army Medical Corps

Physician Executive with 40+ years experience in

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HEALTH CARE CONSUMER’S CONCERNS ABOUT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT — THE LAW OF THE LAND (Part A)

(THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY) One area of health care related concerns where a good majority of voters are focused is the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT or ACA.  This blog is about three components of that major driver of consumer concern. In this blog we will set the stage by describing what it is and what it isn’t. Setting the Stage-The Affordable Care Act Then came the Affordable [...]

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HEALTH CARE COSTS AND PATIENT COMPLIANCE

This blog is about a major driver of health care cost which has not received the attention I believe it should: Our own involvement in our health care and how COMPLIANT we are in doing the appropriate things to improve our health and, by extension, decrease the total cost of healthcare. Compliance Along the Health Care Continuum The last variable we will take up before we close this discussion [...]

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THE HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – Part B

Last week,  we discussed how much prescription drugs are costing you and what the drivers were for those high prices. (Read: “The High costs of Prescription Drugs, Part A”). In this, Part B, of my blog talking about the high cost of prescription drugs, we continue that discussion … RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT   To be fair, there is a cost associated with research and development. The cost of developing [...]

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THE HIGH COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS – Part A

Nationally, voters are “very concerned” about what is going on in the world of pharmacy and how it impacts you. Not only how much prescription drugs are costing you, but also how to lower those drug prices. The Cost of Prescription Drugs [1] The chart below gives you a visual example of the dramatic increase in the retail price of prescription drugs. [2]  Current trending has leveled off at just under [...]

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MEDICAL PROCEDURES AND DEVICES CONTRIBUTE TO TOTAL COST OF HEALTHCARE

If we break down the components of today’s health care concerns, one area where a good majority of voters are “very concerned” with the total cost of health care is medical procedures and devices. The cost of your healthcare procedures is dependent on where you live[1]  There were huge ranges in prices even within the same state. In the example below, a colonoscopy (a procedure that allows doctors to [...]

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This website is designed to help you, the people who require healthcare coverage, go from being a victim of the tectonic plates that rock our so-called healthcare system to an informed consumer.

I wish to reach out not only to the healthcare consumer but to the providers of healthcare who wish to support their patients in the context of an Accountable Care Organization or Patient Centered Medical Home. Another group of folks who I would reach out to are those of you who are the policy makers and decision makers when it comes to American Healthcare in Transition. And above all, I would like to reach out to patient advocates and be able to provide usable information to help you support your constituency.

The healthcare posts on this website are the means of providing regular content to support the mission of becoming informed consumers of healthcare no matter what your particular emphasis might be. I invite you to check out my BLOG page or CONTACT me for additional discussion or to ask a question. I would like to be of assistance by knowing how best to reach your stakeholders or what your particular hot healthcare topic of concern might be.

As a practicing physician and now physician executive, I have had the benefit of a forty plus year journey experiencing most, if not all, of the disparate and diverse aspects of our American game of healthcare played on tectonic plates.

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TECTONIC PLATES IN HEALTHCARE

In the American Healthcare “System”, the often-out-of-your-control occurrences are the tectonic plates moving under your feet, which lead to earthquakes.

These are the movements that disrupt American  Healthcare in Transition and keep it in ‘transition.’

And make no mistake about it, there will be earthquakes here.

What are the tectonic plates currently roiling under your feet?

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“Victim? American Healthcare in Transition”

“This Can Kill You”

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