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A Testimonial to Jessie Gruman

Judith Miller Jones | October 15, 2014

The Center for Advancing Health's board of trustees and staff hosted a reception this past Thursday, October 9, in honor of Jessie Gruman, CFAH's founder and president until her death on July 14. Speakers included colleagues, family members and guests. Below is a reprint of the speech by Judith Miller Jones, MA, director of the National Health Policy Forum at George Washington University, who said of the reception: "What a broad assemblage it was, yet another testament to Jessie’s reach."

 
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Shopping for a Medicare Advantage Plan — Once Again!

Trudy Lieberman | October 15, 2014
I have just done something I said I would never do: shop for a Medicare Advantage plan to cover my gaps in Medicare. The usual flyers and brochures from sellers of Medicare Advantage plans began to arrive in the mail with their enticing sales pitches, and one nearly fooled me. Short of having a Medicare representative on the phone, you're stuck in an information swamp. No wonder studies show that beneficiaries are not eager to shop around even if they can get a new policy with a smaller monthly premium...


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A Doctor's Dilemma of Prescribing for Pain

Kenny Lin | October 14, 2014
I have complicated feelings about prescribing for chronic pain. On one hand, I recognize that relieving headaches, backaches, arthritis and nerve pain has been a core responsibility of the medical profession for ages. On the other hand, deaths and emergency room visits from overdoses of prescription painkillers have skyrocketed. I believe that addiction is a disease. So why do I find my patient's lies so hard to forgive?...


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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Jessie Gruman

Center for Advancing Health | October 8, 2014
Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the New York Academy of Medicine this past Sunday, October 5, to celebrate the life of Jessie Gruman, CFAH's founder and president until her death on July 14. The program, which included remarkable photos from throughout Jessie's life, can be viewed here...


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Who Chooses the Medicines You Get – Your Doctor or Your Insurance Plan?

Trudy Lieberman | October 8, 2014
A friend of mine suddenly learned the importance of patient engagement a few weeks ago when a matter affecting his pocketbook grabbed his attention. For the last several years the mantra has been "buy generics" as a way to lower the cost of drugs for consumers but also for the nation. For a while insurers did that. Not anymore...


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Home Health, Palliative Care, Hospice: What's the Difference and Who Needs Them?

Janet Bollig | October 6, 2014
I recently spoke with a gentleman with a significant illness whose main goal is to stay home. He decided to utilize our skilled home health services and home medical equipment. Over time, he transitioned into our palliative care program and currently is in our hospice program. Here is information on what these services are and who may benefit from them...


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Have You SEEN Your Options? Patients Should Make Safe, Effective, Economical, Necessary Choices

Wendy Lynch | October 2, 2014
My friend Jane is quite a perfectionist, at least usually. I was almost certain that if she was having work done on her kitchen, she would be getting competitive bids, asking for references and reviewing vendors. But not for her shoulder surgery. Perhaps we need a concise mantra for what it means to be a health care consumer...


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'Be a Prepared Patient' Gets a New Look

CFAH Staff | October 1, 2014
Finding good health care and making the most of it is critical for each of us. Yet all too often, reliable, unbiased information is hard to find and understand. On the redesigned Be a Prepared Patient website, we have collected trusted resources and tips to help people navigate their way through health and health care decisions and experiences...


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