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Archive for October, 2010

Prevent versus Delay

October 23, 2010

A commenter (I believe a physician) on one of my posts wrote the following: I can prevent heart attacks and strokes (caused by atherosclerosis – “blockage”) in people (minimal cost) who have NO symptoms. If I wait for their heart attack or stroke – it costs a WHOLE lot more. The...
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Time Magazine Doesn’t Understand

October 17, 2010

The science is a little complex, but the reporter should still get the bottom line right. A story by Time.com entitled Study: Putting More People on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Could Save Money was published Sept. 27, 2010. It referenced Stanford researchers who published a study on the cost-effectiveness of statins to treat...
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Why are we doing this patient-centered medical home thing?

October 9, 2010

When I first stared hearing about the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) concept, I perceived it to be a euphemism. For whatever reason, the concept of primary care or family medicine hasn’t resonated with politicians, corporate benefits managers, or the general public. To me “medical home” was just a warm fuzzy term...
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How much longer will we pay so much for healthcare?

October 2, 2010

According to the Milliman Medical Index, the average health insurance premium for employees choosing a PPO family plan was $15,069 in 2010. The employers contributed $10,744 and the employees $4,325. Add in the out-of-pocket expenses for employees, $3,005, and that brings the total annual family healthcare bill to $18,074. This total...
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