Category Definitions

Doctor, Did You Wash Your Hands? ™  Successful medical care is more likely when there is an open, two-way discussion, between patient and doctor. Are you comfortable in asking your doctor all the questions you have about your health concerns and diagnostic and treatment options?

Be Prepared!  It is essential to be well prepared for a doctor’s appointment. Make the most of your conversation with your physician by mastering techniques to be well focused and confident.

Jnotes  Jnotes focuses on anchor policy and program topics that are critically important in deciphering, understanding then navigating the health care system

Health Insurance 101  “Health Insurance” is a generic term. Whether you get health insurance at work, through a state or federal exchange, from the individual – family marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, the VA – every policy is different. Different coverage, different provider networks, different cost, different rules!

Obamacare   “Obamacare” provides first-time access to health care for millions of Americans but changes the “rules” (incentives and penalties) for everyone purchasing insurance through the federal or state exchanges; rules which are often quickly adopted for health insurance provided in the private sector.

Clinical Conundrums   A Clinical Conundrum evolves when new evidence based research challenges existing Best Practices, but does not clearly establish new clinical treatment pathways. It is appropriate to be well informed about Clinical Conundrums and to discuss them, as they may apply to you, with your physicians

Hand Washing  “Getting health care professionals to comply with notices to wash their hands before and after dealing with patients has been something of a thorn in the side of many hospitals. Although this simple measure limits the spread of sickness — and could potentially reduce the nation’s hospital health care bill by billions of dollars — many doctors and nurses simply ignore it. Compliance rates for hand washing in American hospitals are only around 40 percent, and years of awareness programs urging doctors to wash up or use disinfectant gels have had little effect.”

Rapid Response   “Breaking News” on health care!

Antibiotic Challenge   “Use antibiotics wisely to help protect your health and the health of your family and community.”

Innovation   “Interesting solutions to the opportunities with health care transformation.”

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