The growing backlash involves people whose plans are being discontinued because the policies dont meet the laws more-stringent standards. Theyre finding that many alternative policies come with higher premiums and deductibles. Graphic A look at the consumer’s route through the HealthCare.gov Web site and the potential failure points. More health-care news Sandhya Somashekhar and Lena H.
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Hollywood targeted to give health care law a boost
Follow @ejamoore In the not-too-distant future, it is quite likely that most interactions between patients and the health care system will happen online , according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who partnered with The Commonwealth Fund to review recent trends in digital health care as well as scientific literature. Thanks to consumer-directed health apps, electronic health records (EHRs), telemedicine, and the like, researchers say that patients are going to dramatically change the way they interact with their doctors. They report their findings in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs . The researchers estimate that when EHRs are in use in just 30 percent of community-based physicians’ offices, the increase in efficiency will: Enable doctors to meet the demands of between 4 and 9 percent more patients than they can today Help delegate care to physician assistants and nurse practitioners, resulting in 4 to 7 percent fewer visits with doctors Reduce the demand for specialists by another 2 to 5 percent since roughly that percentage can stick with generalists Deliver care to meet 12 percent more of current demand thanks to telemedicine and digital communication with doctors and nurses If doctors and patients adopt e-health tools more widely, the group says, these forecasts could be far higher.
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Digital health tools likely to decrease visits to the doctor
The grant announcement comes after the stumbling launch of the federal website where Americans shop for the health insurance they are required to have next year. The White House also has been forced to backtrack on vows that no one would lose their existing coverage and that anyone happy with their current insurance and doctor could keep them. Arthur Caplan, head of the division of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, said to have credibility, Hollywood must present the health care plan warts and all. “If there are drawbacks and glitches and discontent, that should be part of the presentations,” said Caplan, who supports the law. “It should not be a place to propagandize; it should be a place to have honest open discussion, wrinkles and all, flaws and all, on health reform,” he said.
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