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The Road to Better Healthcare in the Upstate

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Speak Out | Comments Off on The Road to Better Healthcare in the Upstate

The Road to Better Healthcare in the Upstate

The effects of Obamacare are riddled throughout the healthcare system. The impact of government mandated insurance led to high deductibles and insurance costs that continue to skyrocket annually. Around 40% of Americans now skip medical treatment because they cannot afford the deductible.  As patients know, that’s not the only problem Obamacare added to their medical care. Ignoring their actual needs, the ACA focuses on mandating insurance–not care–and those that go without face annual fines with their taxes.  Prior to the implementation of Obamacare in 2013, healthcare and health...

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South Carolina Receives Low Grade in National Healthcare Report

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Speak Out | Comments Off on South Carolina Receives Low Grade in National Healthcare Report

South Carolina Receives Low Grade in National Healthcare Report

According to the Greenville News, South Carolina has ranked 40th in the Commonwealth Fund’s annual scorecard. While the state showed improvement in several areas, there is a lot of work to be done–and policy to review.  From the News: “The scorecard shows us that when it comes to your health care, where you live matters,” said Douglas McCarthy, senior research director at the Commonwealth Fund and lead author of the report, “but that doesn’t have to be the case.” McCarthy said that even in states with limited resources, “strong leadership and collaboration among providers,...

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Technology + Teamwork: Healthcare has a bright and cost-saving future

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Speak Out | Comments Off on Technology + Teamwork: Healthcare has a bright and cost-saving future

Technology + Teamwork: Healthcare has a bright and cost-saving future

Many of us have ended a visit to our primary care physician with a referral to a specialist. That referral process can be time consuming and confusing: standing at a window while the office staff calls the specialist’s staff, faxes records, and finally gets an appointment time. Of course all of that is necessary, but it is a process not designed around the patient. As healthcare costs continue to rise and Obamacare continues to grow, planning for the expense and the quality of that upcoming visit is critical – and difficult. New technologies are on the way that will make the process easier,...

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Advancing Healthcare As a Community

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in Speak Out, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advancing Healthcare As a Community

Advancing Healthcare As a Community

For 12 years I served the people of South Carolina at the State House in Columbia. During my time on the House Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee, I saw firsthand what can happen when politicians meddle in businesses, medical practices and the broader marketplace. That is why I have joined with a group of upstate leaders to form the non-profit Citizens for Community Healthcare Advances. When Washington politicians forced the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on us – also known as Obamacare – it was 2,700 pages. Now that the ACA is fully implemented, it contains over 20,000 pages of regulations....

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Healthcare is Changing Rapidly

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Speak Out, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Healthcare is Changing Rapidly

Healthcare is Changing Rapidly

Whether you support or oppose the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), unless it’s repealed, it will continue to dramatically reshape the way hospitals and care providers deliver healthcare within a community. The ACA has fundamentally changed the way insurance companies and the Federal Government issue reimbursements to individuals and healthcare providers. The most significant change effecting healthcare is the notion of moving away from reimbursements on the patient treatment and towards a focus on treatment outcomes. To survive and thrive, hospital systems need to be able to partner...

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