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All articles of July 2015

The 5th Decade – Medicare Turns 50!

July 29, 2015 in In the News

Few can see past the speeches and the political battles to the doctor over there that is tending the infirm, and to the hospital that is receiving those in anguish, or feel in their heart painful wrath at the injustice which denies the miracle of healing to the old and to the poor. And fewer still have the courage to stake reputation, and position, and the effort of a lifetime upon such a cause when there are so few that share it. But it is just such men who illuminate the life and the history of a nation.

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Decade 4 – Medicare in the 90s, HIPAA, and the birth of Part D

July 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

I am pleased to sign into law H.R. 3103, the “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.” For the first time, this Act will ensure the portability of health benefits when workers change or lose their jobs and will protect workers against discrimination by health plans based on their health status.

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Halfway to the BIG 5-0: #MedicareTurns50

July 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

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Finishing the 70’s – and Kicking off the 80’s

July 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

“None of the great achievements of our past 50 years is more important to the people of this country than social security and Medicare. They provide earned benefits to millions of retired people and disabled Americans, and they protect all of us from living in fear of a future of poverty, dependence, and despair.”

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Title: 50 Years of Care – And It’s Beginning

July 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

“I predict that 30 years from today, this bill will be a welcome and permanent part of our nation’s heritage that no representative would ever dare repeal...”

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Doctors Stretched For Time, Monday – Sunday

July 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Over in the United Kingdom, doctors working for the National Health System (NHS) are facing a problem that’s not unique to them: too many patients and too little time. When one lawmaker, Jeremy Hunt, accused these consultants of having a “Monday-to-Friday” attitude, these health care providers did not sit quietly. Instead, they took to social media, using the hashtag, #ImInWorkJeremy, to show pictures of themselves, and colleagues, working weekends, 13 hour days, and late nights to make sure their patients get the cno3are they deserve.

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HIPAA-fy Your Health Care

July 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts, a member hospital of Steward Health Care system, has had to pay $218,400 to the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights after a security breach left patient information vulnerable. The hospital had been using an unprotected server to store patient data, and a former employee had saved patient data on a personal laptop and USB drive.

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