April 19, 2021

Lonnie Listonsmith

Experienced Health Expert

Health

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — With National Healthcare Decisions Day, Heartland Home Health & Hospice is encouraging people to talk about planning for the unknown.

National Healthcare Decisions Day is meant to encourage people to talk about what course of action their family should take in the event that an family member is unable to make a decision. It’s a subject that Heartland Home Health and Hospice’s Christy Naylor said often comes up too late.

“Death is human,” Naylor said. “Death is not medical, and it can be uncomfortable.”

The topics suggested are primarily about quality of life post-illness or

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Lyft launched a program that will let health care organizations send patients prepaid passes that they can use for rides to doctor’s appointments.

“We’ve automated an important piece of health access that allows patients to be self-sufficient and in control, while allowing our partners to focus on the services they provide, rather than on administrative processes,” said Megan Callahan, vice president of Lyft Healthcare, in a statement.

The program, called Lyft Pass for Healthcare, lets health care organizations or social services agencies create a budget and set approved pickup and drop-off locations. They can share the pass with patients, who

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Patrick Quigley’s “aha” moment came after an MRI exam.

After submitting an insurance claim, Quigley was still left with a $1,300 bill. A few months later, he needed an MRI again. He arrived at the same facility, underwent the same procedure but, this time, offered to pay with his debit card, thinking it might be more convenient than dealing with the bureaucracy around his high-deductible insurance plan. The secretary told him the cash price for the service was just $330.

“This was a huge wake-up call for me,” Quigley said.

Healthcare systems often prefer cash-pay because it cuts the administrative

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That Amazon Prime membership could soon come with a free same-day doctor’s appointment. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that we need a robust digital healthcare system that extends from the doctor’s office into the home—and the e-commerce Goliath just jumped into the ring prepared to win it all.

Investors have flocked to the sector over the past 12 months, and some Wall Street analysts have projected several years of robust growth. However, between last December, when news of Amazon’s planned move into healthcare began leaking in the media, and this March when the company officially announced its plans

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MIDDLETOWN, NY — A doctor in the Hudson Valley will be going to prison for his part in a health care fraud scheme.

Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said James Spina, 63, of Middletown, was sentenced Tuesday to nine years in prison after pleading guilty in 2019 to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.

He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay more than $9.76 million in restitution and to forfeit more than $9.1 million.

Strauss said Spina led a sophisticated, widespread and callous

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) – Employers can require vaccinations, but not all health care facilities require it.

Hillcrest Health Services meets those hesitant employees head-on. One woman was relieved to hear what happens behind closed doors as her mother receives treatment.

“It makes me feel much more comfortable,” Marla Rohrke said. Her mother is rehabbing a broken femur.

The two made plans for a visitation this week, but then Marla got a phone call.

“They had to cancel the visitation because someone had come down with Covid,” Marla said. “I did ask the person who called me, ‘well, was it a

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