People living with HIV/AIDS in China face discrimination when accessing health care, report says

March 06, 2016

Mother Jones: Debunking the Right's Health Waiver Conspiracy Is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helping companies in her district get around new health care rules? Conservatives seem to think so, but their evidence is spotty at best. ... In fact, the recent waiver applications from businesses in Pelosi's district were not even received by the minority leader's office. Rather, they were submitted directly to the Obama administration through a third-party company (Suzy Khimm, 5/18). American Medical News: Insurer-Owned Clinics Bid To Offer More Patient Care Recently, many of those insurers have expanded that branch of business, with a focus on care provided by nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Some are targeting plan members within a specific demographic, such as Medicare or chronically ill patients. Others are targeting communities where they believe members have few options, outside of emergency departments, for urgent care. What's in it for the plans? Analysts say insurers believe they can get more direct control of medical costs by actually providing care. Also, they have an opportunity to market their names to the millions who will be shopping for individual insurance, required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by 2014. And the insurers can keep for themselves some of the 80% to 85% (depending on the health plan) they are required to spend on patient care (Pamela Lewis Dolan, 5/16).

Related, earlier KHN story: Health Insurers Opening Their Own Clinics To Trim Costs (Weaver, 5/4)Hospitals & Health Networks: Health Coaching Achieving effective communication between two specialty groups is an accomplishment; managing five at once is nearly miraculous. But Coon has a partner on the inside??Dave Swieskowski, M.D., CEO of Mercy Clinics in Des Moines. Swieskowski is a data hound who believes that systems must be redesigned to better harness technology developed over the last 50 years. And he strongly believes patients must be more involved in their own care. ?? Mercy has been tracking patient outcomes for about 15 years, and success is equal parts patient and provider effort. Through the health coach and shared decision-making programs, patients are trained to become active participants in their care. Health coaches ask patients to set health behavior goals versus outcome goals, and together, coach and patient develop a behavior-change plan with one- to two-week follow-up compared with the typical three months (Tracy Granzyk Wetzel, May 2011).

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