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Obama's health care plan benefited tens of millions in 2011
- 54 million people benefited from the Affordable Care Act in 2011 source
» Approximately one-sixth of Americans received one or more additional preventive care services in 2011, as a direct result of the Affordable Care Act, according to a newly released report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Over 20 million adult women received an additional service, as well as 14 million children, and just under 20 million adult men. Of the 50 states, Wyoming had the fewest patients (102,000) receive a new service while California took the cake with more than 6 million patients, over 2 million more than 2nd place Texas, receiving at least one new preventive service last year.
“We ask that you share with us your specific rationale and the scientific data you relied on for the decision to overrule the FDA recommendation [to increase access to Plan B].”—Fourteen Democratic Senators • In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who last week overruled an FDA recommendation that Plan B, the emergency contraception, be available without prescription to minors. In the words of Greg Sargent, who reported the story, “it isn’t every day that 14 Senators aggressively call out their own party’s Health and Human Services Secretary.” Then again, a lot of Senate Democrats are up for re-election next year, so there is an element of realpolitik at play. source (via • follow)
Serving Size Control
Healthy Tip of the Week: Follow those serving size guidelines
This week’s healthy tip is short and sweet: When you raid your pantry for your next snack, be conscious of the serving size listed on the nutrition label. This information is on the label for a reason, so why not abide? By measuring your servings you avoid overeating and being completely unaware of the amount you are consuming.
The Health and Human Services department gives a wonderful overview of the difference between portion and serving size which is worth reading.
So the next time you reach for that Swiss Miss Trail Mix (my personal favorite), only scoop yourself 3 Tbsp which is equal to one serving size.
with new beginnings come new responsibilities
this new position I have taken on with Health and Human Services is one step closer to my realization of a global citizen; an internationally sensitive version of myself that can and will help people around the world, one person at a time.
here’s to the future Marc. Make it happen.
“... it's a little like a Nebraska ski slope: the drop isn't dramatic, but it's there.”—
From NET News reporter Fred Knapp’s story about decreasing amounts of children being served by Nebraska’s child welfare system, and the implications the downsizing could have.
plan b won't hit drugstore shelves after all.
This really bugs me. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has decided that despite the approval of the FDA, plan B should not be allowed to hit drug store shelves and effectively be available to women of all ages.
She worries that young women will not be able to fully understand how to use it. I disagree and I can’t help but feel her decision comes from a differnet place.
Young teenage girls are not going to suddenly start having more sex because they can get plan B. And the side effects of plan B? ” The most common include: include changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness.”
I think if someone can figure out how to have sex, they can figure out how to take an oral emergency contraceptive. How can we continue to peg teenage pregnancy as an epidemic if we’re unwilling to eradicate the causes?
Patient Rights and Safety Secured by HIPAA
Safety compliance is important in every industry, but in hospitals, upholding these standards becomes even more critical, because the dangers resulting from negligence can severely impact patient care as well as patient health. The Department of Health and Human Services is the branch of federal government that monitors medical facilities to ensure that a high level of service is being offered to patients in every office in the country. One piece of legislation is especially critical for hospitals to adhere to in these modern times: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
HIPAA sets standards specifically relating to patient healthcare information. To help medical facilities meet these standards, a growing professional sector in hospitals lies in health informatics, the people who create, implement and monitor information systems. While the HIPAA covers a wide range of patient rights, among which is the Privacy Rule, which outlines protected health information, in regards to a patient’s current health status, the services they’ve been provided, and patient payment histories, among other concerns.
Hand in hand with the Privacy Rule is the Security Rule, which narrows the definition of protected health information to exclusively cover electronic patient records. These standards ensure that facilities protect patient information through careful security provisions that safeguard the sensitive digital environments that the patient information is stored in. It lays out specific safeguards for different types of ways that facilities interact with patient information to ensure that all the information is protected to the best of the facilities’ abilities.
This is not just an issue of patient rights but also of patient safety, because of the dangers of lost or misplaced documents that could delay patient treatment. Health informatics careers work to meet the guidelines established by both the HIPAA, the Department of Health and Human Services and the hospital’s management.