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2012-02-24 14:40:00

Medicaid and Medicare are a Hot Topic in Obama´s Budget New York, NY (PRWEB) February 24, 2012 New York doctors are all watching the President´s budget battle with a jaundiced eye today. Many experts have indicated that deficit concerns will prompt cuts to the popular Medicaid and Medicare programs over a ten year period. According to the New York Times: New spending and targeted tax increases seem far more gaudy than the $638 billion in spending cuts the White House is claiming...

Are End-of-life Surgeries Overused?
2011-10-06 11:26:37

A new Harvard study has found that it is surprisingly common for older people to undergo surgery in the last year, month and even week of their life, a finding that is likely to fuel the debate over whether medical care is overused and needlessly driving up medical costs. The study also found that age and where the people live may have even more to do with whether elderly Americans undergo surgery than their actual medical need or desire for the procedures. Nearly a third of the 1.8...

2011-10-04 18:29:35

Advance directives do have an impact on health care at the end of life, especially in regions of the country with high spending on end-of-life care, according to a University of Michigan study. People who had completed advance directives stating their preferences for care were less likely to die in a hospital and more likely to receive palliative hospice care than similar decedents without advance directives. "Advance directives may help patients get the care they want if they prefer...

2011-07-22 08:21:00

- Gov. Kasich's Ohio PASSPORT program praised as effort to balance state budget while allowing seniors to receive care in the home setting they prefer - WASHINGTON, July 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While policymakers in Washington debate cuts to the nation's Medicare program as a way to reduce the federal budget deficit, a group of national home healthcare providers is applauding Governor John Kasich's (R-OH) innovative program to keep seniors in their homes when possible,...

2010-09-28 05:45:00

A major consulting firm released its forecast Monday saying it expects employers to pay nearly 9 percent more for health care costs for their employees in 2011, the highest level in five years. Hewitt Associates also predicted in their report that employers will most likely ask their workers to cover 12 percent more of these costs out of their own pockets. The Hewitt report blames the increase on higher medical claim costs and an aging population, but also on US healthcare reform, which has...

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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.'