Federal Changes in Lab Results Access Can Make Personal Health Management Easier

Terri Prof Headshot 0412Have you ever received a phone call from the doctor’s office with the message, “Hello Ms. X, Your test results are normal.  Make an appointment next year.”?  All you know is what the healthcare provider tells you over the phone.  Maybe this conversation happened in the physician’s office during your visit.  Your doctor swoops in, glances at your test results and breezes through the test results.

If you are healthy and have never had any major health issues, this may be enough information.  You continue on for another year, or 6 months, without a worry.  But, maybe you wonder, “What does ‘normal’ mean?  Can I do anything to improve my health?”  How do you know?  Are you at the high end, the low end, just barely in the range? (more…)

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Calling all women for a unique hackathon

It is our pleasure to invite you to join us at a unique hackathon being presented by Intel-GE Care Innovations™, in collaboration with MIT and Stanford University.  This hackathon will generate answers for one of the biggest hurdles in health care today: connecting patients to their health and health care providers to patients outside of a hospital or physician’s office. Because of your expertise and innovative leadership in the field of health care and technology, we think you would enjoy our keynote speakers and the energy and ideas the hackers will create as they work on innovative solutions at the hackathon.  The hackathon will also feature a pre-event for women in healthcare technology that will bring together hackers, entrepreneurs, investors and clinicians for the opportunity to network and share success stories.  This will take place on Friday afternoon at 2pm and an invitation can be secured by contacting Karissa Price, Chief Marketing Officer, Intel-GE Care Innovations, at Karissa@Careinnovations.com.  Our goal is to encourage as many women as possible to participate in our hackathon and in stepping forward into leadership roles in healthcare in general. (more…)

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Consumer Centricity: The Market and Employer Must Focus On Building Better Decisions

Cyndy NayerThe NYTimes highlights the news on employer sponsored insurance:  premiums have not risen at the expected rate, rather they are staying under 8%, mostly around 6%.  This can change, however, based upon risks and percentage of insured from one city or state to another.

There is still more in the Kaiser Foundation survey that shows the changes over time in employer/worker payments. What this means for employers and employees, however, is a new focus and determination to keep people well.  Worker premiums have gone up year over year from 2006 till now, and at a significant rate.  More of the cost burden has shifted to the insured worker.  As the small business exchanges are starting to open, more workers will get their insurance in the exchanges.  That means that care coordination and chronic care (more…)

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Why I Fight for Change in Domestic Violence Legislation

In 2009 I became the victim of a violent crime, domestic assault with a weapon. The local newspaper’s front page story included the following phrases: “Felony Assault,” “Domestic Assault with a Weapon,” “False Imprisonment,” “beaten,” “hit about the head and body,” “beaten with hands, knees and feet,” “urinated on,” “beaten with a wrought iron cross,” “refused to let leave or use the telephone,” “numerous injuries,” “numerous bite marks about her body,” “lost consciousness,” “escaped.” Lucky to be alive should have been included.  (more…)

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The Hospital Discharge Race: is Sooner Always Better?

They say that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t there. I do remember this about 1966, however:  I spent my birthday that year in a hospital bed, where I’d been a patient for a full month recuperating from a ruptured appendix and a nasty case of peritonitis.  Back then during the dawn of civilization, it was common for patients to spend far longer in hospital than we ever would now. For example:

  • For North American maternity patients during the same era, the average length of stay in hospital for uncomplicated vaginal deliveries was about seven (more…)


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Back to School… Co-Parenting Style

Amber Coleman-MortleyIt’s back to school season!  Malls and stores have had their sales; schools have requested their info; doctors’ offices are quickly fulfilling vaccination and proof of appointment forms.  But most importantly, parents are eager to send their little ones off to be enriched amongst a class of their peers.  It’s a beautiful time.  It got me thinking- how can divorced and separated families be just as successful as families who are together this school year?

There are several challenges that kids from divorced and separated homes face.  Beyond emotional challenges, there are the self-confident, psychological, economic and logistical challenges, which can be (more…)

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Consumer Choice Clashes With the Affordable Care Act

Trudy-Lieberman -- biggerIncreasing consumer choices in health care may have just gotten far less likely.

Recently the Department of Health and Human Services proposed that most of the federal health exchange policyholders, including the 83 percent who receive subsidies to help pay their premiums, be automatically re-enrolled next year in the same policy offered by the same company.

That’s right, no shopping around. No consumers looking for a cheaper plan or one with a lower deductible or less (more…)

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Iowa Accountability Program’s Judicial Training Institute Aims at Improving the Handling of Domestic Violence Cases

iapDomestic violence is an epidemic that impacts an estimated 6,000 Iowans each year. While many view domestic violence as a private issue, Kimberly Baxter, Director of the Iowa Accountability Program, identifies how domestic violence is truly a community concern: “Domestic violence affects everyone from service providers to families and the community at large. We need to address domestic violence as a community. Brutality behind closed doors is not only real, but also taboo. It is not something we want to discuss, but if we cannot discuss it, how can we address it? How can we mitigate it?” For nearly ten years the Iowa Accountability Program (IAP) has worked to assist victims of domestic violence and the communities in Iowa that support them. This year, the IAP aims to strengthen its impact through its new Judicial Training Institute. (more…)

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Just Announced: 15 Disruptive Women to Watch in 2015

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Disruptive Women in Health Care, an award-winning digital platform spotlighting women whose achievements and provocative ideas are advancing health care progress, today announced its annual “Disruptive Women to Watch” list for 2015, a roster that includes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, television personality and activist Maria Shriver and Baroness Martha Lane Fox, tech entrepreneur and Member, House of Lords, in addition to a dozen other remarkable women.

“This year’s selections truly reflect the profound changes taking place in and around health care,” said Disruptive Women founder Robin Strongin. (more…)

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Celebrating Massachusetts’ Health Reform

Amy CaronRecently Massachusetts announced that the state will not join the federal HealthCare.gov website and will remain a state-based marketplace. Having built and implemented what became the national model in 2006, this is great news. The Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act aka Romney Care changed the national dialogue on solving the issues of health care access, costs, and outcomes and transformed the lives of thousands of Massachusetts’ residents, myself included. (more…)

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Disruptive Health Education Resources

Weekly RoundupTo round up our series on health and education, we present to you some disruptive health education resources. Whether you are a student, parent, or teacher, ensuring the health of our next generation should be a priority observed by all.

According to an article  in The Atlantic, students are not getting enough sleep. As noted in a new policy study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics, “The empirical evidence [of] the negative repercussions of chronic sleep loss on health, safety and performance in (more…)

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An Interview with Edie Burman

edEdie Burman has been a Language Arts teacher for grades 5-8 at Grace Day School in New York for the past 41 years. This is a small, private Episcopal day school on the south shore of Long Island. Its mission is to educate children in a traditional manner. Teaching the basics while also providing religious instruction, the arts, music, technology and physical education is the goal.  Before teaching at this school, Edie taught art at a junior high school in Brooklyn, New York after getting her degree in Art Education from Brooklyn College. (more…)

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An Interview with Amanda Sager

asAmanda Sager graduated from Bridgewater College in 2009 where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis on Early Childhood Development. After college, she became the Site Director for the After School program at Cub Run Elementary in Rockingham County, Virginia. After a year at Cub Run, Amanda then moved to Mountain View Elementary in Rockingham County to open the Before and After School program as the Site Director there.  She was at Mountain View for three years before accepting the position as Behavioral Specialist at Spotswood Elementary School in Harrisonburg City. After two years at Spotswood she moved to Thomas Harrison Middle School in Harrisonburg City to work with students with autism. Amanda started at Second Home same time as she started at Thomas Harrison. (more…)

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An Interview with Gigi Bate

gaGigi Bate has been working as a Public Health Nurse in the public school system in Virginia for seven years and since 2011 has been a Senior Public Health Nurse. She serves her school system as nurse to the Teenage Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program, along with coordinating health education among other school nurses in the county, developing programs to be delivered by school health nurses in the classroom and parent and school staff meetings for the public. Gigi received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine and Studio Arts from Allegheny College in 1977, her Certificate as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal from The George Washington University in 1979, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from George Mason University in 2005. (more…)

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Disruptive Women in Health Care 2014 Summer Mini-Series: Back to School–At the Intersection of Health and Education

elbWhen thinking of what I wanted to do with my future, the one thing I was always sure of was that I didn’t want a job where I’d be chained to a desk all day. Enter: teaching. After working as a camp counselor for many years and being fortunate enough to observe and help in a variety of different elementary school classrooms throughout the past couple of years, I’ll be starting my junior year at James Madison University in the Department of Education—and I couldn’t be more thrilled about my experiences to come. (more…)

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