Business of Health Care Every week, Business of Health Care segments update us on beneficial new services, innovative procedures and technologies, and also helps us navigate of the maze of regulations, terminology and codes that can make the health care system seem intimidating.Business of Health care is hosted by Glen Robinson, president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco.
Business of Health Care

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Every week, Business of Health Care segments update us on beneficial new services, innovative procedures and technologies, and also helps us navigate of the maze of regulations, terminology and codes that can make the health care system seem intimidating.Business of Health care is hosted by Glen Robinson, president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco.

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Business of Health Care: Dying at Home

For the first time in over a half century, more people in the United States are dying at home than in hospitals – a remarkable turnabout in Americans' view of a so-called "good death." In 2017, 29.8 percent of deaths by natural causes occurred in hospitals, and 30.7 percent at home, according to research in the New England Journal of Medicine. The gap may be small, but it has been narrowing for years, and researchers believe dying at home will continue to become more common. Studies show that

Business of Health Care: Fear of Dementia

About half of middle-aged Americans believe they're "somewhat" or "very likely" to develop dementia, a University of Michigan survey suggests. And many try to beat the odds with supplements such as ginkgo biloba and vitamin E that are not proven to help. A separate poll found that older patients fear dementia more than cancer. Despite this fear, only about 5 percent said they had discussed dementia prevention with their doctor.

Business of Health Care: Medicare Annual Wellness Visit

Going by the numbers, most serious medical problems don't occur until later in life. So, while an annual check-up with your doctor is generally a good idea for everyone, it is especially important for seniors – many of whom may be on Medicare. A Medicare Annual Wellness Visit is free of charge for people with Medicare Part B and is a great way for seniors to take a proactive approach to preventing serious illness and maintaining good health.

Business of Health Care: Body Temperature Decline

So much of the thinking in medicine has changed over the past 150 years. But there is one number that has remained constant – 98.6 degrees. That number has represented normal body temperature since German physician Carl Wunderlich first compiled millions of temperature readings from about 25,000 patients in Leipzig in the mid-1800s. At least until recently.

Business of Health Care: Coronavirus Update

Few news stories this year have gotten as much coverage as the novel coronavirus outbreak in China. According to public reports, more than 80,000 have been infected, over 2,000 have died, and patients have been reported in at least 27 different countries. But what do we really know about the 2019 novel coronavirus, also known as Covid-19?

Business of Health Care: The Dangers of Marijuana

In January 2020, Illinois became the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana use. For proponents, using marijuana to get high is often cast as a harmless recreational activity. And given the growing support for legalization across the nation, it seems that much of the voting public, whether they use marijuana or not –agrees. In fact, over the last 20 years, support for legalization has doubled, and along with it, a surging number of people who habitually use the drug. But as former New

Business of Health Care: Food Security

A healthy diet not only means eating healthy foods and not overeating, it also means getting enough to eat. Feeding America, an organization dedicated to alleviating hunger, found that 5 million older Americans lack the food to be healthy. As you might imagine, this can compound the healthcare challenges many of these individuals may be facing. An inadequate supply of healthy food can be especially problematic for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes. Food security is a key social

Business of Health Care: Male Conception Health

The belief that a pregnant woman is responsible for the well-being of her fetus is easy to understand. After all, a fetus is literally connected to its mother. Many factors such as a mother's physical and mental health, exposure to toxins, and whether she is well-nourished have long been recognized as determinants of newborn fitness. Yet the paternal role in producing a healthy baby is rarely considered. That's unfortunate, because emerging science indicates that fathers play a more significant

Business of Healthcare: Rising Obesity Rates

It's hard to discuss the future of health and healthcare in America without talking about obesity. Obesity-related illnesses alone are estimated to cost the US healthcare system more than 190 billion dollars each year. From heart disease to diabetes to some types of cancer to joint problems, the extra pounds we carry are taking their toll on our bodies and our healthcare system. And the future isn't looking any lighter according to a major study recently published in the New England

Business of Health Care: Tell Me Something Good

Flip on the news, and whatever is being reported is likely not a positive, uplifting, or inspiring story. There is no question there is plenty of bad news out, but in the arena of global health – all things considered –there's much good news to report. A lot of progress has been made in recent years. To start with, global life expectancy has never been longer. According to data from the United Nations, someone born in 2017 can expect to live to be more than 72 years old. It's even higher in

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