The Affordable Care Act – An Employer Conundrum

Why do employers provide health insurance? After all, it is one of the most expensive line items in their budget. Typically most employers cover 70 to 80% of their employees’ health cost. At $15,000 to $20,000 per year of cost per employee this is an important and often difficult decision for employers to make.  Many employers provide this benefit simply because it is the right thing to do.  I suspect most, however, provide it because they would simply not be able to recruit sufficient talent without it.  The American public for the most part has come to expect health coverage as a prerequisite for a decent job. 
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Live Longer – Possibly Ten Years Longer

It’s another Saturday night in the E.R. The PA system barks a warning, announcing an auto accident with multiple injuries. I hear the sirens and know this is the “golden hour,” the critical 60 minutes that determine whether they will live or die.  Two ambulances arrive at the door and I have to determine immediately what’s wrong so what is one of the first vital signs I check?  How much they weigh.  C’mon Travis, you’re thinking, you don’t check vitals?  Well, sure, I’m looking at a lot of things simultaneously, but often one of the most important indicators of how well a patient will manage a health crisis is how much excess weight he or she is carrying. 
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You Are Not Your Cancer!

As a Physician and Psychosocial Oncologist for over fifty years, I sit with my “patient-teachers” who have taught me about the nobility of what it means to be human. I have learned from patients about the healing power of love. They have taught me to accept life with all its beauty and with all its thorns. They have instilled in me that fear is the enemy of love.  And perhaps most importantly, love is the absence of fear.

Fear is a product of our mind.  The mind informs the brain and the brain responds to fear’s threat.  In turn, the brain produces chemicals that prepare the body to react to each given stress.
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Live Each Day To Its Fullest – A Cancer Survivor’s Story

The other week, I attended the Bat Mitzvah of a family friend. This event was a milestone not only for the thirteen-year-old girl being celebrated, but for her dad, who is living with an advanced and aggressive colon cancer. He made a vow to make it to this important day – and he did.  The minute the service began, most of us in the congregation began to cry. Here was this luminous girl, leading the service with clarity and confidence – which is difficult under normal circumstances. But she had to do her Hebrew learning and mitzvah preparations while living in a house where cancer was an ever-present menace. 
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Dr. Stork Weight Loss Tip – Kick Your Soda Habit and Drop A Pound A Week

You’re made out of water-over 60 percent. So you need to drink plenty of it. In the past thirty years, we’ve more than doubled the number of calories we drink, raising it to 450 on average because we have stopped drinking water and started drinking sugar water, liquid fat, bottled blubber, fizzy flab, drinkable derriere, caboose in a can.  Phase it out of your drinking diet and you’ll make huge strides toward weight loss.

Dr. Travis Stork, in his book “The Lean Belly Prescription” says that cutting down on soda calories is the fastest, easiest way to lose weight and improve your health.
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5 Brain Health Exercises in 5 Minutes or Less


Brain health is one of today’s hottest health topics. It seems everyone – from the young professional looking to get ahead, to the frazzled working parent juggling too many balls, to the baby boomer wanting to stay sharp, to the retiree aiming to live life to its fullest without memory loss getting in the way – wants to learn what they can do to maintain their intellectual vitality.

While the science of brain health remains young, the research clearly indicates that there is much we can do to boost our intellectual skills and potentially stave off serious memory loss.
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So what will premiums really look like under Obamacare?

by Dr. Aaron Carroll

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you must be aware of the back and forth between supporters and haters of Obamacare with respect to premiums in the exchanges. As I’ve explained before, this is somewhat an issue of focus. It is likely true that there are “bros” who are male, young, healthy, and single who have – in the past – been able to find really cheap insurance plans. In the future, under community ratings and guaranteed issue, they will likely be compelled to buy more robust, yet more expensive plans. So those specific individuals will see “rate shock”.
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Our “Happiness Resident” Reports – This Is Your Brain On Lists. Any Questions?

Tracey Cleantis, LMFT – Speakers On Healthcare Resident in Happiness

I am a big planner – BIG. As long as I have been able to write, I have had a to-do list going. I remember in seventh grade, my teacher, Mrs. Hogan, telling me to stop writing lists and to focus on the French assignment in front of me, “maintenant.” But, as demonstrated by my pas bien Francais, it is clear that I didn’t take her advice. I always have a list—a list of things to do today, tomorrow, this week, next week, next year, five years from now and for a lifetime.
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Virtual ER Is Here according to Daniel Burrus

Twenty years ago Daniel Burrus, claimed by the NY Times to be one of Americas top three business “gurus,” predicted that when the exponential and predictable progress of processing power, storage, and bandwidth – what he called the three digital accelerators – reached the levels we would have by 2010, we’d start seeing virtual hospitals, which would lower costs, improve efficiency, and ultimately change healthcare. In his latest New York Times best seller Flash Foresight, he wrote that the digital accelerators are now here, and so is the virtual ER.  To read his full article, first published on BigThink, click here.
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