Florida ACO Looks to Cut Readmissions with Telemonitoring

Last week, an early participant in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, which provides financial incentives for coordinating care of and improving outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries, went live with a telemonitoring program to keep tabs on patients with chronic diseases. Continue reading

IRS: Cheapest Obamacare Plan Will Be $20,000 Per Family

In a final regulation issued Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) assumed that under Obamacare the cheapest health insurance plan available in 2016 for a family will cost $20,000 for the year.

Under Obamacare, Americans will be required to buy health insurance or pay a penalty to the IRS.

The IRS’s assumption that the cheapest plan for a family will cost $20,000 per year Continue reading

Are Polar Bear Plunges Good for You?

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  • Polar bear plunges, which involve taking a dip in the ocean in the winter, are said to invigorate and energize, but they can also generate an enormous shock to your system
  • You should be in relatively good shape if you take a polar bear plunge; for those at risk of stroke, aneurysm, blood pressure problems, or heart disease, the extra stress on your body can be especially dangerous, increasing your risk of heart attack
  • Even among healthy people, Continue reading

A Specific Yoga Can Help Treat Neck Pain

It’s been widely accepted that yoga can help with lower back pain. But, a new study from Immanuel Hospital in Berlin has indicated that yoga can also help reduce chronic neck pain as well.

There are several different causes of chronic neck pain, including many different structural dysfunctions in the neck, and the results Continue reading

Dementia Protection without the Side Effects

I’d never fault anyone for doing everything they thought necessary to ward off dementia. If you’ve ever watched a loved one struggle with this debilitating condition, you know what a heartbreak it can be.

But, if like me, you believe that the first rule of medicine should still be, “Do no harm,” Continue reading