It’s bad enough that a patient has a health emergency so dire it requires a helicopter ride to make it to the hospital in time. But then comes the bill, which can approach six figures and for which insurance coverage is often spotty. In this Facebook Live discussion, Diane Webber, a senior editor at KHN who has coordinated coverage of the issue, talks with senior editor Stephanie Stapleton about the regulatory and market-based factors that contribute to these sky-high costs. Here’s our coverage, done in partnership with NPR: Taken For A Ride: After ATV Crash, Doctor Gets $56,603 Bill For Air Ambulance Trip Will Congress Bring Sky-High Air Ambulance Bills Down To Earth? Related Topics Multimedia Bill Of The Month Facebook Live … [Read more...] about Facebook Live: What About Those Sky-High Air Ambulance Costs?
Throughout history, humans have dreamed of immortality. The search for ways to prolong our lives are splashed across the pages of our favorite books, and onscreen in some of our favorite movies. From Ponce de Leon searching for the Fountain of Youth, to Harry Potter finding the Sorcerer’s Stone, to Indiana Jones drinking from the Holy Grail, the quest for eternal life has long captured our imagination. Now, with science drawing ever closer to cracking the code, the concept of immortality is no longer an inconceivable myth. But the idea of living forever comes with some ethical questions that must be explored. Luckily, the San Francisco Chronicle’s ongoing series, Chronicle Chats, is back and ready to engage in a lively discussion about the medical potential and ethical implications of living forever. The second Chronicle Chats of the 2018 series, On Science: Should We Live Forever?, will be moderated by San Francisco Chronicle Editor Audrey Cooper, who will navigate the … [Read more...] about Immortal Lives: Reality and Fantasy Explored in Next Chronicle Chat
PUBLISHED: 08:08 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:08 29 November 2017 James Morris Andrew Thomas, husband of Leslie Forbes, with her organ donation award at Clerkenwell’s Priory Church of the Order of St John. Picture: NHS Blood and Transplant Archant A Canonbury man has urged people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register – after his wife won a posthumous award for saving three lives. Leslie Forbes won a posthumous award for her organ donation, which saved three people's lives. Picture: NHS Blood and Transplant Leslie Forbes was a writer, novelist and BBC Radio 3 presenter. She started having seizures out of the blue in 2005. She was diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumour, which was removed in 2007. At this point, she and husband Andrew Thomas registered to become organ donors. Leslie continued to have partial seizures for the rest of her life – though it didn’t stop her working. But in June last year, Leslie had a major seizure and Andrew found … [Read more...] about Canonbury man: ‘My organ donor wife saved three lives when she died – you can do the same’
Participate in the University at Buffalo Step Challenge next month and it might extend your life. The challenge – free and open to all – is among activities set to launch next week as part of National Public Health Week, designed to highlight the role that health policy and planning can make on the well-being of people and their surroundings. “It’s a great time to be in public health,” said Jean Wactawski-Wende, dean of the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions. Nearly 100 undergraduates are enrolled in the public health curriculum and those in many other majors also take the courses, Wactawski-Wende said. The school will soon launch a new online graduate certificate program in public health, she said, “and we also look to do more and more to keep our community informed and healthy.” She called the school’s third annual Step Challenge the “signature event” among several that will take place at UB in the coming … [Read more...] about Want to live longer? Learn how during Public Health Week at UB
Changes to Medicaid’s supported living rates are being finalized following the completion of an intensive cost survey of Idaho providers. This benefit pays for caregivers to support developmentally disabled adults in their own residence rather than in an institution or in a certified family home. A group of supported living providers had previously sued the Department of Health and Welfare, contending that rates were too low to support their services. The 9th Circuit Court enjoined the department to pay a higher rate for these services. The Office of the Attorney General contested this case up to the United States Supreme Court, which resulted in the landmark Armstrong vs. Exceptional Child Center decision last December that established that providers do not have standing to sue states to increase their reimbursement. In January, Medicaid announced that it would adjust rates back to the time the original lawsuit was filed as a consequence of the Supreme Court … [Read more...] about Supported Living Rates Set Following Comprehensive Survey