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Longer looks: Miss. ballot-initiative on abortion; personal fortune may have helped Herman Cain battle cancer; for doctors, breaking up is hard to do

September 12, 2017

The Atlantic: The Quiet Health-Care Revolution CareMore, through its unique approach to caring for the elderly, is routinely achieving patient outcomes that other providers can only dream about: a hospitalization rate 24 percent below average; hospital stays 38 percent shorter; an amputation rate among diabetics 60 percent lower than average. Perhaps most remarkable of all, these improved outcomes have come without increased total cost. Though they may seem expensive, CareMore's "upstream" interventions-;the wireless scales, the free rides to medical appointments, etc.-;save money in the long run by preventing vastly more costly "downstream" outcomes such as hospitalizations and surgeries. As a result, CareMore's overall member costs are actually 18 percent below the industry average (Tom Main and Adrian Slywotzky, November 2011). Mother Jones: Herman Cain: Alive Because He's Rich Last month, during a GOP presidential debate, former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain scored major points when he spoke about his personal experience surviving stage IV cancer. Cain claimed that if he'd been covered under President Barack Obama's health care plan, he'd be dead by now. He suggested that if bureaucrats had been involved, his treatment would have been delayed and probably would have led to an early death. It was a compelling story, but an incomplete one. As Cain makes clear in his new book, This is Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House, he is probably alive today because he's rich. And that's not something Obamacare would have affected one way or another. ?? The sort of treatment Cain received would have put many people into bankruptcy, even if they had health insurance, thanks to caps and co-payments and other tricks insurance companies use to shift costs onto patients. Cain has never mentioned just what sort of health insurance he had during his cancer treatment, or what he has now. Multiple calls and emails over several weeks requesting information about his health care coverage went unreturned. These omissions are glaring because as a 65-year-old stage IV cancer survivor, Cain would be all but uninsurable if he tried to get insurance now on the private market (Stephanie Mencimer, 10/11).

American Medical News: Pain Management For Practice Breakups Attorney John Fanburg likes to say that medical partnerships are "marriages without love." He should know, as part of what keeps him busy is helping medical practices divorce as peacefully as possible. There may not be love, but there is plenty of emotion embedded in a medical practice partnership, whether the practice is made up of two or two dozen doctors. When the partnership fails, there is much at stake: Professional reputations, health insurance contracts, vendor relationships, employees' livelihoods -- and, most important, patients' health and happiness -- are at risk. Even a relatively amicable split can be emotionally and professionally draining (Emily Berry, 10/10).

This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.