Medical Homes: The Wave of the Future

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It is difficult to provide children with quality and comprehensive care. Adding to the difficulties is the fact that health care providers do not typically share information about patients they have in common. This lack of coordination can lead to wasted resources, diminished quality of care, and duplicated efforts.

Primary care providers are becoming (more…)

The Emerging Field of Patient Safety

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Patient safety is a new health care discipline that focuses on analysis, prevention, and reporting of medical errors. The extent of medical errors leading to adverse outcomes was not well known until the 1990s when countries began reporting on such errors. The World Health Organization called patient safety a major concern after discovering it affected (more…)

Understanding the Vaccination Debate

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Vaccination is the introduction of an antigen, also known as a vaccine, into the body to stimulate the immune system to adapt immunity to a specific pathogen. It is the most reliable way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccination has been credited with the eradication of smallpox. It has also severely restricted the spread of tetanus, (more…)

Young Adults and Ineffective Mini-Med Plans

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                Health insurance in America today is now more important than ever. This is especially true for young adults, ages 19 to 29. While many are using the government sponsored Medicaid and CHIP programs, these young adults have been forced to use something known as mini-med plans. These plans have been largely criticized for its insufficient (more…)

What is the Blended Rate Proposal?

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Obama’s administration in recent years has put into place major changes into Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program. These changes come in the form of further federalization of health care, namely, proposing blended match rates. This new proposal is defined as an interest rate charged on a loan, which is in between a previous rate and the (more…)

Investments in State-Based Advocacy Show Great Returns in Covering Uninsured Children

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                Health insurance for children has become a major concern in the United States. In a time of economic depression, families throughout this country are struggling to provide adequate care for their children. That’s where the Children’s Health Insurance Program or CHIP comes into play. This program, which was created by the United States (more…)