OPINION -- I had the privilege of being a National Library of Medicine post-doctoral fellow at OHSU from 2012 to 2015, working on my PhD in Biomedical Informatics.
Paul R. DeMuro
OPINION -- When one hears criticisms of Obamacare, one does not generally hear people complain about the fact that they may be able to include their 26-year-old children on their health plan, that certain limitations on coverage and amounts have been increased or eliminated, that their pre-existi
OPINION -- One need only spend a few days at an international meeting of biomedical informaticians, physicians, and other scientists to realize quite quickly that many countries across the globe are experiencing many of the same issues in their healthcare systems as we are in the United States.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced on Monday, January 26, 2015, that it plans to pay providers of the Medicare program based on value and quality, increasingly over the next three years. Sylvia Burwell, the U.S.
OPINION – The other day, a colleague rang me to discuss how Obamacare had affected his healthcare. For the purposes of this commentary, I will call this individual Lee. Apparently, Lee has a chronic condition that requires that he be infused with certain drugs periodically to ensure he survives. Lee's health plan offering was no longer available. The only offering he could find was one that had a "narrow network," which neither included the physician he had seen for years, nor the hospital he had gone to. Oh yes, and he added that all the drugs he needed were not covered. Lee was concerned that the cost of the drugs might be over a hundred thousand dollars a year.
I have no idea what Lee might be paying for health insurance, but let us assume it's $20,000 a year. Lee was concerned about the narrow network and the additional out-of-pocket costs that he would incur. Fortunately, he can afford to pay these out-of-pocket costs. I could not help but think about a person who could not afford the $20,000 for health insurance before Obamacare, but now may have some form of coverage. This individual presumably will receive some subsidies, but if he only has a narrow network offering, he might find himself in a similar situation as Lee, but without the wherewithal to pay the out-of-pocket costs.
OPINION – January 30, 2013 -- You will recall in my article last December, about my healthcare experience outside of Oregon, that both the ear doctor and the neurosurgeon professed to have electronic health records (EHRs).
The ear doctor advised that he was using the aircraft control type headset to dictate into my medical record, by pushing the button in his ear.