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2012-04-11 23:02:26

Total premiums reach $31 billion nationwide, according to new study by Patients for Fair Compensation Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) April 10, 2012 Physicians, hospitals, dentists, therapists and a host of other healthcare providers paid a total of about $31 billion in medical malpractice premiums in 2011 -- a new record, according to a study released Tuesday by Patients for Fair Compensation. The data, compiled by Bioscience Valuation of Germany, showed that all healthcare providers spent that amount...

2011-11-09 10:20:38

Chronically and seriously ill US adults stand out for skipping needed care due to costs and struggling with medical debt Chronically and seriously ill adults who received care from a medical home–an accessible primary care practice that helps coordinate care–were less likely to report medical errors, test duplication, and other care coordination failures, according to a new Commonwealth Fund international survey of patients' experiences in the U.S. and 10 other high-income...

2011-09-30 05:41:43

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Planning ahead is not bad for your health! A new study shows discussing and documenting patients' preferences for care at the end of life does not cause them any harm. The study found patients who talk with their physicians about end-of-life care and have an advance directive in their medical record have similar survival rates as patients who do not have these discussions and documents. The study included 356 patients from different hospitals who had low or...

2011-09-08 11:43:07

New Health Affairs study finds underinsured adults skip needed care and struggle with medical debt; Affordable Care Act reforms could substantially reduce the number of underinsured The number of underinsured adults–those with health insurance all year, but also with very high medical expenses relative to their incomes–rose by 80 percent between 2003-2010, from 16 million to 29 million, according to a new Commonwealth Fund study published in the September issue of Health...

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'