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Health Orgs Praising Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Health Orgs Praising Same-Sex Marriage Ruling (0)

Leading US healthcare associations are praising the 5-to-4 Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. The American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American College of Physicians (ACP) have all released statements applauding the decision.
10 Tricks Doctors Use To Ration Care

10 Tricks Doctors Use To Ration Care (0)

The traditional notion is that the patient should be the primary interest. But, the reality is that nothing gets spent unless the doctors says it should and they are being held more and more accountable for wasting resources, prescribing high-priced drugs that might be effective or not, or doing procedures or using technologies that don't add value.
Intro To Investing: The Basics of Lifecycle Funds

Intro To Investing: The Basics of Lifecycle Funds (0)

If you don’t know a lot about investing and don’t have a lot of time to devote to it, perhaps a lifecycle fund—also sometimes known as a target-date fund—is something you should look into. There are many different types of lifecycle funds with different allocation strategies, but the basics are pretty similar: A lifecycle fund divides your retirement savings among different asset classes, and then adjusts your holdings as you age.
Physicians Are Seeing More Patients Thanks to the ACA

Physicians Are Seeing More Patients Thanks to the ACA (0)

59% of primary care physicians are seeing more patients who are newly insured through a private plan or Medicaid since the law dramatically expanded coverage in 2014, a new survey reports. Of these physicians, 78% say that their ability to provide high-quality care to all patients has either remained the same or improved.
Dr Oz Makes a New Hire… From Consumer Reports

Dr Oz Makes a New Hire… From Consumer Reports (1)

After recent criticism that it dispenses unscientific medical advice, the television show hosted by Mehmet Oz, MD, has hired a preventive medicine specialist from Consumer Reports magazine to head its medical unit.
3 Ways to Invest in Roth Accounts

3 Ways to Invest in Roth Accounts (0)

At some point you may have thought “Should I use a Roth account for my investments? If so, how do I do that?” If you’ve made the decision to Roth your investments, here are 7 ways you can get there.
Increase in Physician Mergers Could Drive Up Costs

Increase in Physician Mergers Could Drive Up Costs (0)

As mergers make for larger and fewer physician groups, the resulting increased market share may drive up costs as groups gain bargaining power with insurers, according to a study published in the June issue of Health Affairs. Whereas the resulting collaboration and efficiencies of scale could reduce costs and improve care, concentration could also drive up costs by raising the payments made by public and private insurers.
Guidance from AMA coming for Health Apps

Guidance from AMA coming for Health Apps (0)

As more and more Americans purchase smartphones, more and more Americans are using medical smartphone applications to track their health, remind themselves to take medications, or research medical conditions. That trend is clear. What is far less clear is whether those apps will actually improve health, and if so, which types of apps are most effective.
What Makes Dimensional Funds Better than the Rest?

What Makes Dimensional Funds Better than the Rest? (0)

Morningstar recently issued a new Stewardship Grade for DFA. The firm's overall grade--which considers corporate culture, fund board quality, fund manager incentives, fees, and regulatory history--is an A. What follows is Morningstar's analysis of the firm's corporate culture.
Better Quality = Fewer Malpractice Suits?

Better Quality = Fewer Malpractice Suits? (0)

Research suggests that hospitals can reduce liability claims with or without tort reform. The quality of hospital care may have just as much of an impact on malpractice claims as tort reform, research suggests.