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Eliminating Waste in our Medical System

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog, Stories | 5 comments

Eliminating Waste in our Medical System

By Kevin Mikielski “I told them that I just had a stress test two months ago.” This was the quote from one of my patients that I have been seeing for the past six years in my private cardiology practice. She is a 72 year old with diabetes who presented two months prior with worsening dyspnea. An exercise stress test with nuclear imaging was performed with normal results. She was then admitted at a local hospital with atypical chest and midepigastric pain. The EKG was normal and cardiac enzymes x 2 were negative. The admitting physician, not knowing previous tests were already performed,...

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What’s Good for the Back Isn’t Good for the Wallet: A Patient’s Story

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog, Stories | 3 comments

What’s Good for the Back Isn’t Good for the Wallet: A Patient’s Story

By Caren Gussoff Sumption The pains in my back and hip started in my mid-­twenties, but it wasn’t until my first plaque psoriasis outbreak at 35 ­­ both palms peeling off like a combination of a bad sunburn and dried airplane model glue ­­ that physicians could stop tossing theoreticals at me (Fibromyalgia! Lyme Disease! The fact that humans are inefficient bipeds!) and diagnose me with psoriatic arthritis. X­rays of my spine revealed an advanced case of ankylosing spondylitis, as well.  My rheumatologist went straight to TNF inhibitors; Enbrel, specifically, for no other...

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How does population health impact health care costs?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog, Stories | 2 comments

How does population health impact health care costs?

By Sophia Bernazzani The concept of population health is an increasingly important topic to consider when discussing the cost of health care; however, a recent article produced by MHA@GW, the online master of health administration offered through the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, pointed out that it is a relatively new concept that is not yet universally understood. Along with the original definition of population health proposed by David Kindig and Greg Stoddart in 2003, “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the...

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High Costs of Important Procedures

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Blog, Stories | 2 comments

High Costs of Important Procedures

By Bridget Lovett In 2008, at the age of 22 I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and began my experience with the American health care system and how to care for myself in it. When I was in the process of diagnosing my illness I went to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland to meet with an endocrinologist and have my ultrasound results interpreted. The reason I went to OHSU is because my school health center recommended it and OHSU is nationally known for their health services. I figured it was the best choice. Once there I found out that my health insurance would not cover it, but...

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Lack of Price Transparency

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Blog, Stories | 4 comments

Lack of Price Transparency

 By Hannah Hayes  Das Boot While there are worse times to sprain an ankle and chip a bone than just one week before a long­awaited trip to Venice, I couldn’t think of one as I sat in the Emergency Room for eight hours last fall. Venice, the place of canals and not cars; ancient bridges sans escalators. How ironic that just a few days before I was crowing to my husband over my hotel coup. A quaint, 18th century hotel in the heart of Venice, right off the Rialto Bridge for less than 100 euros a night! Just because people did not like to climb stairs! Two ­hundred and...

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