How to Talk Healthcare at the Thanksgiving Dinner Table

The general rule of thumb is not to talk politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table. But what about healthcare? Rule #1: There must be more than one person participating in the discussion. Healthcare is inherently political. So, any discussion about a healthcare topic can get quite heated. I remember last Thanksgiving. I had one heated…

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Why Is the Emergency Department So Crowded?

The expectation that you’ll wait hours in a crowded emergency department (ED) is an unfortunate but widely accepted norm. Who’s to blame for such overcrowding and long waits in the ED? Surprisingly… not the ED. In this article, I’ll discuss what causes ED overcrowding and long waits, how these affect different stakeholders, and some solutions…

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Whole-Body Imaging Scans in Healthy Individuals are Bogus

Whole-body imaging scans as a “cancer screening tool” are low-yield in healthy patients with insignificant medical history. If you’re a physician reading this, this isn’t news to you. But if you’re not a physician, don’t be fooled: the benefits of these whole-body scans don’t outweigh the risks, which include unnecessary physical, emotional, and financial harm.…

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Hospice Care Startup Guaranteed Launches from Stealth

Tech-enabled hospice startup Guaranteed is the latest startup to launch from stealth after raising a $6.5 million seed round. The company has raised $9.25 million in total and is prepared to transform the hospice space with tech-enabled services. Hospice care has become more attractive lately. The aging population means more individuals will require hospice care,…

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2023 Marketplace Open Enrollment Will Be Record-Breaking

My second-favorite holiday* is on November 1st: the start of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. Why is it one of my favorite “holidays”? Because the government (taxpayers, really) will gift millions of qualified Americans affordable health insurance—a rarity in America. The ACA Marketplace has provided affordable health insurance to millions of Americans…

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Apple Care (for Humans)

Apple plans to enter the health insurance industry by 2024, according to CCS Insights’ Chief Analyst Ben Wood. Many of you have followed the decade-long saga of big tech attempting to enter the healthcare space to compete with incumbents, only to fail. Healthcare verticals, like insurance, are tough to enter and disrupt. Apple certainly has…

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