“100 things to know about Medicare and Medicaid — 2015 update”

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This July 2, 2015 article written by Emily Rappleye and found on Becker’s Hospital CFO website, offers some facts about Medicare, including but not limited to things like, who qualifies, who pays for it, a comparison in the growth of Medicare payment growth compared to that seen in private pay payment growth (bit of an eye-opener when I saw that one) and even talks about the history of the Medicare program including Presidents who start the program or who made changes to it.  There are far too many things for me to list here, but if you want some facts about Medicare and who benefits from it, I highly recommend this particular piece.  It is easy to understand and not written in an overly technical way, so I think anyone should be able to understand it easily.  It is not a complete answer to every question, and doesn’t combat every myth out there, but it does offer a lot of good starting points for understanding Medicare, and it even touches on Social Security a little also.

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English: image edited to hide card’s owner name. author: Arturo Portilla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“Veterans Suicide Prevention Bill Headed To President’s Desk”

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This February 4, 2015 WPSU – PBS – NPR segment talks about the bill heading for President Obama’s desk that hopes to improve the support and treatment available to Veterans to prevent suicide among them.

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Keeping people out of hospitals makes system healthier”

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This November 5, 2014 The Morning Call article found on the InsuranceNews.net website talks about efforts being made with help from a grant to try to decrease the excessive use of the emergency department by a small percentage of patients.  The term used to describe this population according to the article is “Super-utilizer” because of how often they use services.  The goal of the program is to find ways to help this population prevent trips to the hospital by looking at things like social supports, housing and other things not traditionally looked at by the medical community when treating a patient. in short the focus is on prevention.

“How schizophrenia starts”

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This article from The Inquirer found on the Philly.com website talks about current, ongoing, research being done into Schizophrenia, its causes, and wether or not there are early signs of it that have been overlooked.  The research is also looking at the effect that fish oil has on Schizophrenia

“Get mental-health check up”

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This October 9, 2014 Philly.com article talks about efforts being made in Philly to improve access to mental health services through screening and education.

“Why Schools Should Screen Their Students’ Mental Health”

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This October 7, 2014 TIME article talks about the benefits of including mental health screening in schools suggesting that including screening as a standard process could have the effect of decreasing stigma so often attached to mental health which could in turn increase overall access to services.

“Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study”

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A depressed man sitting on a bench (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This September 16, 2014 Health Day article found on the Philly.com website talks about a new test being studied to see if it can accurately detect if someone is depressed or at risk of becoming depressed.  The test involves a simple blood draw and then the sample is checked for specific markers.  The article indicates that the test results are promising and may offer another tool to help doctors and psychiatrists confirm a diagnosis of depression.

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