David Vitters Political Quest To Embarrass Congress On Health Care

American Health Care: Too Much, Too Late?





More from PostPolitics How many Democrats voted for the Keep Your Health Plan Act? Ed O'Keefe Republican proposal permits people to keep current health plans even if they dont meet standards established by new law. Obamas claim on health costs Glenn Kessler The president says the health care law has helped keep health cost increases low, but there is little expert consensus now. Cruz: Despite shutdown, Defund Obamacare absolutely worth it Aaron Blake Cruz made made the comment while being interviewed by Fox Newss Chris Wallace at the Aspen Ideas Forum at The Newseum in Washington. Under the presidents health-care law, Congress and much of its staff are supposed to lose their old health plans and instead buy coverage on the exchanges set up for individual Americans. But Vitter says that they are slated to get improper help, including money from the federal government, and that special loopholes allow some to keep their old coverage. Vitter wants that to stop. And so he has embarked on an improbable mission: to persuade other legislators to take valued benefits away from the very staffers who write their speeches, guide their votes, answer their mail and remind them of the birthdays of spouses and the names of Rotary Club presidents back home. This plan has not been working. On Wednesday, it did not work again. I object, said Sen. Orginal News: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/one-senators-political-quest-to-embarrass-congress-on-obamacare/2013/11/15/6cf2be6e-4c9c-11e3-be6b-d3d28122e6d4_story.html





Synergy Home Care Signs Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Kindred Healthcare





Tailored to each family member, the mirror serves as a personal health coach. (Joe, youre down two pounds. Way to go, buddy!) It can probably even do a vet check on your pets. Personal trainer. The same mirror can then turn into your personal trainer, helping you track your workouts, and see how youre doing compared to your fitness goals. Some of the workout sessions videos have famous athletes leading you through routines. Afterward your automated coach will let you know how you did: Sue, that was your best yet! Color-coded pantry. Different colors of tape bordering shelves in the pantry and refrigerator offer an easy way to help family members reach for healthier choices. Items on the green shelf are for healthiest any-time foods; those on the yellow-coded shelf should be eaten in moderation, and items on the red and hardest to reach shelf make you think again. For those on special diets or with allergies, one shelf could be coded in blue for low-sodium or nut-free foods. Orginal News: http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/home-and-garden/at-home-smart-houses-may-mean-better-health/article_b8c6b116-c9ba-5d4a-8276-1cdf4e325f8c.html





Many in Congress avoiding health care exchanges





This week, lawmakers can begin their sign-up process for health care, and a CNN survey shows that while most senators and representatives plan to participate in the Obamacare exchanges, a sizable group is walking away from the government-coordinated exchanges and instead getting their healthcare in the private marketplace. The Chart: Who has signed up for Obamacare in Congress Enrollment for the House and Senate opened Monday and ends in early December, forcing lawmakers to make two big decisions: Will they personally get coverage through an exchange -- either in Washington as part of their workplace or in their home state -- and if they sign on to the exchange as part of their job, will they take the thousands of dollars a year the federal government gives employees to help with premiums? Of the 118 members of Congress who responded to CNN, the clear majority plan to get coverage on the exchange as members of Congress, taking the employer contribution that comes with it. But nearly 20% of those responding indicated they would not go onto the exchanges. Some, like Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-Pennsylvania, are on Medicare; a few others rely on pension plans from previous jobs. Summers: Obama is 'right to be angry' Obamacare model: I've been bullied Bill Clinton weighs in on Obamacare Related: White House tech expert says HealthCare.gov getting better But many are choosing to stay out of the exchanges, making a politically sensitive decision that removes them from the process Congress created. Most are Republicans who see it as a statement about Obamacare and fiscal responsibility. "She came to Congress to fight Obamacare, not to enroll in it," wrote a spokesman for Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, who is going directly to the private market for her health care. Orginal News: http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/13/politics/congress-obamacare-exchanges/index.html









Robert Fusco, Chief Executive Officer for Synergy Home Care, said, "Both of our organizations are a natural fit, sharing the same patient-centered values. Synergy Home Care is looking forward to becoming part of the Kindred Healthcare network, whose goal is to build out the full continuum of high-quality patient care in the post-acute area. We believe this strategy, along with our combined resources, bolsters our capabilities as we strive to deliver the best possible clinical outcomes in home health." Synergy Home Care branch offices, as well as its headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., will continue operating as Synergy Home Care, an affiliate of Kindred at Home, the company's Care Management Division. Patients can expect the same care from the same team at the same location. There will be no interruption of service. About Kindred Healthcare Kindred at Home provides home health, hospice, palliative care and personal home care assistance in 105 locations in 11 states. Kindred Healthcare is a diversified post-acute healthcare services company that through its subsidiaries operates transitional care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing and rehabilitation centers, and a contract rehabilitation services business across the country. For more, see www.kindred.com or www.kindredathome.com . About Synergy Home Care With 17 offices across Louisiana, Synergy Home Care, a Senior Home Care company, has been treating seniors with quality home health care services for more than 15 years. Orginal News: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/synergy-home-care-signs-definitive-171500875.html





At Home: Smart Houses May Mean Better Health





Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC)a division of Time Warner Cableannounced Monday the start of its Virtual Visit home health monitoring program. The Virtual Visit program enables Cleveland Clinic healthcare professionals to deliver services remotely to a patients home, interacting via television-equipped video conferencing technology. This two-way video interaction allows patients to speak and engage with a care provider using a secure, encrypted video solution from the comfort of their own homes. The service is offered as a fully contained, bundled offering, which includes connectivity, installation and on-site equipment such as modems and video camera. The solution also provides technical support for patients at home if need be. Time Warner Cable operates in 29 states and has 31 operating divisions.Utilizing the cable providers robust network will offer a scalable and secure solution that will help maximize patient satisfaction, company officials believe. Our healthcare solutions are designed to support medical providers looking to transform the delivery and quality of patient care by leveraging our advanced technology, operational scale and high speed network, said Greg King, senior vice president and chief product and strategy officer for TWCBC. Home health monitoring solutions such as the Virtual Visit program are new TWCBC solutions co-developed and trailed with healthcare stakeholders to meet the emerging needs of the industry. To truly transform the healthcare system of today and prepare us for the healthcare needs of tomorrow, we have to rethink how, and where, we deliver care to patients, said Dr. Eiran Gorodeski, MD, director of Center for Connected Care at Cleveland Clinic. Orginal News: http://seniorhousingnews.com/2013/11/14/time-warner-cable-breaches-home-health-with-new-telehealth-launch/





Time Warner Cable Enters Home Health with New Telehealth Launch





(Some argue that insuring more people through Obamacare could drive up health-care costs, because it would encourage more patients and providers to spend unnecessarily on medicalization; we believe, however, that the health-care system is already absorbing many of the costs of dealing with uninsured peoples health, and that this just makes it official.) Still, theres more work to be done. Rather than relying almost solely on medicine to improve health outcomes, we could look at alternative interventions: adequate housing for people who seek shelter in emergency departments, better nutrition for those suffering from diabetes, transportation services for older adults who can no longer drive to their medical appointments safely. In some cases, such interventions might help obviate the need for additional medical care entirely, while in others they might make certain treatments more successful and efficient. Homeless people, in particular, whose high health-care costs have been well documented by Malcolm Gladwell and others, may benefit from certain interventions. (In 2006, Gladwell wrote about a homeless alcoholic man named Murray Barr , who ran up a huge medical bill because of repeated stints in the emergency room and other issues.) In researching our book, we came across a group of people in Santa Monica, California, who came up with a novel approach to addressing the costs of treating populations like these. One of them, John Maceri, the executive director of the Ocean Park Community Center, opened a special section of his shelter for a small group of especially vulnerable people who were using an extraordinary amount of health-care resources. Maceri persuaded a hospital to help fund the facility, where an on-site nurse could care for uninsured people who had been recently discharged from treatment and had no stable home; the shelter also enrolled these people in primary-care services through a local clinic. Previously, these patients had unusually long hospital stays because they had no place to go, and after being discharged they often turned up in the emergency room again, because they hadnt had access to follow-up care while on the streets and had developed complications. Under the partnership, these patients could be discharged for follow-up care in an appropriate environment, they were seen less frequently in the emergency room, and they could access basic health-care services through the local clinic. Orginal News: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2013/11/american-health-care-prevention-treatment-cost-problems.html