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Weekly Blogs

Telehealth: Seeing a Medical Professional From Anywhere Around the World

August 30, 2019

Some time ago, doctors would make house calls for patients who couldn’t get out of the house. This is still practiced for special cases, but this “old-fashioned” practice is dying off. Now, this practice has seen a new style of…


A Decline in Overdose Deaths comes from a Decline in Opioid Prescriptions

August 23, 2019

The decline in opioid prescriptions has been a major force for the drop in drug overdose deaths. This is also the first time that the number of fatalities has dropped since 1990.  The amount of drug overdose deaths in the…


Study Reveals TRICARE Families are Reporting Worse Care than Commercially Insured

August 16, 2019

The families who are covered by TRICARE have reported worse access to healthcare than those with private plans and even people who are uninsured.  A research team led by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) analyzed nearly 85,000 children to…


How Fake News can Hurt Physicians and Patients

August 9, 2019

The internet is used for everything (medically) nowadays. Looking up symptoms, scheduling doctor appointments, and even looking at reviews of medical professionals. We’ve heard of people writing bad restaurant reviews for the craziest reasons. Unfortunately, these fake and irrational reviews…


Trump Administration Helping the Medical Community: Kidney Transplants

July 19, 2019

The Trump administration is doing more work for the medical community again. This time it is for an increase of access to kidney transplants and to encourage the use of in-home dialysis.  Politico reported that the Department of Health and…


Medicare Part D Is On The Rise – But Are Drug Costs Going Down?

July 12, 2019

Since 2006, the amount of people who are enrolled in Medicare Part D has doubled — totaling a little over 45 million people. That would mean that 70% of all Medicare beneficiaries are registered in the drug coverage plan (data…


WHO Wants Healthcare Reform

June 7, 2019

Last week, we spoke about the Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and member Patty Murray (Washington) introducing a draft package of legislation. The draft packages goal is to cut healthcare cost (Click “here” if you want to go…


Healthcare Reform is Coming

May 31, 2019

In hopes to end surprise medical billing, Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (Tennessee) and member Patty Murray (Washington) introduced a draft package of legislation. The draft package aims to cut healthcare costs, starting with surprise medical billing and drug…


Abortion Laws on Trial

May 24, 2019

Recently, Alabama’s governor signed into law the country’s most restrictive anti-abortion bill, which could put doctors who perform abortions with life in prison. The Republican governor, Kay Ivey signed the bill following approval by the Alabama Senate. Physicians who perform…


A Look at Types of Universal Healthcare

May 17, 2019

Americans all around the nation are giving their support for Medicare for all. On March 29 of this year, we wrote a blog called “Is Medicare For All the Solution?” In case you don’t know what Medicare For All is,…


Take Care of Yourself

May 10, 2019

Working in the medical field is no easy task, daunting hours, stressful situations, and maybe a negative work environment can lead to depressing thoughts, poor diets, and lack of exercise and sunlight. One fantastic way to relieve that stress is…


Ongoing Opioid Guideline Issues

May 3, 2019

Authors of the 2016 opioid guideline are now bringing more heat to medical professionals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recently clarified the opioid guideline, but the authors said in a new paper that medical professionals had misapplied…