Insurance Cost = Premiums + Deductibles + Copays

OPINION by Wayne Caswell, founder & senior editor, Modern Health Talk This is an obvious opinion piece that I posted on Huffington Post in response to another opinion piece, It’s Not Just You — Those Health Insurance Deductibles Are Getting Scary. MY RESPONSE: The article was well written but misleading because it failed to acknowledge that Total Insurance Cost = Premiums + Read More …

Is American Health Care the Best?

“Is American Health Care the Best?” The answer to that question might depend on whom you ask, but by almost all measures we aren’t even close. That was the message of this article on Vox that says people who believe our health system is the best are “measuring it wrong.” Here’s some measures we should be considering, followed by some supporting graphs and Read More …

White House Healthy Aging Policy Brief

Healthy Aging Policy Brief  By White House Conference on Aging staff, 4/10/2015 Older Americans are calling for a shift in the way we think and talk about aging. Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging. Older adults are seeking ways to maximize their physical, mental, and Read More …

Telehealth Legal Obstacles Delay Home Healthcare

“Home telehealth” technology promises to be a critical component of providing quality care to the growing number of Americans who need long-term services and supports to “age in place” at home. Home telehealth and related technology can make it cheaper, easier and more comfortable for seniors to remain at home and avoid nursing facility placement. But government regulations lag behind Read More …

Top 10 Ways Our Healthcare System seems Evil

“A Lot Of People In This Industry Are Just Evil” (Jeff Kushner, founder Of Oscar Health) That provocative quote from Josh Kushner at the 4th annual Clinton Health Matters Initiative, was aimed at the healthcare industry and reported by Forbes contributor Dan Munro. Josh was one of four panelists in a 90‒minute opening Plenary Session moderated by Former President Bill Clinton. Clinton opened Read More …

Precision Medicine vs Prevention & Wellness

President Obama and the National Institutes of Health have announced a Precision Medicine Initiative that complements other programs for Prevention and Wellness. That’s important because too many diseases don’t have a proven means of prevention or effective treatments.

The Cost of Aging in America

  Income levels for aging Americans are increasing, but not as quickly as “The Cost of Aging in America.” The infographic below was produced by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. It explores the serious financial burdens faced by aging Americans, their loved ones, and industry — as well as steps our health care system Read More …

Lack of Fast Internet threatens Telehealth Future

I responded to an online discussion of a call for Congress to Expand Telehealth Services to Improve Patient Access and Outcomes and Decrease Healthcare Costs. Key to delivering telehealth is the availability of high-speed Internet access, and that prompted me to comment on an online conversation of this HIMSS problem description. The enormous potential of telehealth or telemedicine to positively transform Read More …

Cars for seniors who can’t drive themselves

EDITOR: When seniors can no longer drive a car, they lose their independence and become dependent on others for the simplest things — shopping for groceries or Christmas gifts, getting a haircut, going the bank or doctor or the movies, and more. That can be devastating and even force them into institution care, ultimately shortening their lifespan. So it’s why I’m Read More …