The trend of going to the emergency room as opposed to other healthcare facilities continues to grow. When its necessary, an emergency room should not be avoided, but many are seeking care from the ER for minor problems, and are paying for it big. Not only are the costs of visiting an ER extremely high, but you will often wait longer for the care you need. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ER visits increased by 20 percent in the first decade of the new millennium. That translates to about 136 million visits per year. One in 5 Americans will visit the ER at least once annually..." [ Read more here ]
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released its annual report for 2014 on national health expenditures. "In 2014, per-capita health care spending grew by 4.5 percent and overall health spending grew by 5.3 percent, a study by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published today as a Web First byHealth Affairs. Those rates are below most years prior to passage of the Affordable Care Act..." [ Read more here ]
With the coverage deadline upon us, Healthcare.gov is there to help those last minute customers looking for healthcare coverage by January 1st. "The new Out of Pocket Cost calculator, Doctor and Facility Lookup, and Prescription Drug Lookup features will help consumers to more easily search for the plan that best meets their budget and health needs..." [ Read more here ]
A Tennessee Man, Danny Pigg, is aiding his community through collection and distribution of much needed medical equipment for those who can't afford it on their own. "Maybe they need a wheelchair for their family member," says Pigg. "Or a bedside commode, or a hospital bed, or anything of that nature. We're there to help them with that." [ Read the story here ] WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL
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Jimmy Carter has announced that his latest scans are coming up cancer free. During the ex-president's fight with cancer, he has continued his active lifestyle, with work at his charity The Carter Center, as well as aiding Habitat for Humanity. "Carter has said he experienced no side effects during treatment, a positive sign for his doctors, said Dr. Keith Flaherty, a melanoma specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital's Termeer Center for Targeted Therapies who is not involved in Carter's treatment..." [ Read the story here ]
As well as protecting you in your home, a new medical alert system hopes to give you the peace of mind while you are out and about using GPS and cell phone technology. "Mobile alerts “can give a sense of security,” says Alfred Sacchetti, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians." [ Read the story here ]
Medical equipment will typically live a long life of helping and healing humans, but when does the age of a device make it a vulnerability? Hackers and security threats are a growing threat in our technology connected world, and medical devices aren't safe from the intrusions. "...security control considerations were "not really part of some of these early medical devices," said Kevin Fu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of Michigan" [ Read the story here ]