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Health Care System Makes it Difficult for End-of-Life Patients

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By Joseph Franz No matter our political, religious, cultural or socio-economical differences, the one thing that we all have in common is death. Unfortunately, creating a “good death” to the elderly and sick is not easy and it could be getting even more difficult. A recent New York Times article highlighted the struggles of a [...]

Apple and Google to Enter Healthcare Industry

Tablet with medical analysis on table

By Joseph Franz Apple and Google, two of the tech world’s biggest players, both announced recently that they plan to move into the health care industry. Due to spiraling health care costs and new incentives from the Affordable Care Act to move medicine toward interconnected electronic communications, the health care data market is booming. And [...]

VA System Working with Local Providers to Reduce Wait Times

Medical consultation

By Joseph Franz Wait times at the VA has been a common headline lately. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire as tens of thousands of veterans nationwide have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment. This has caused dozens of investigations and led Veterans Affairs [...]

The Effects of Health Care Over-Regulation

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By Joseph Franz As much as those of us in the patient care field support the triple aim of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—better care for populations, better health for individuals, and lower per-capita costs—one aspect of the new health care system that many of us find frustrating is the sheer number of regulations (of [...]

The Return of the Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Mortgage Lenders in Del Mar, San Diego

By Jason Katz, Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Guaranteed Rate Mortgage According to the Wall Street Journal, during the last quarter of 2013, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) were up 22% from the previous year and are at their highest since the third quarter of 2008. ARMs were to blame for many of the foreclosures during [...]

Achieving the Triple Aim

Medical doctor holing senior patient's hands

By Joseph Franz The Affordable Care Act remains one of America’s most controversial issues. And whether you’re for it or against it, we can most likely all agree that the implementation of the Act’s healthcare reforms certainly hasn’t gone as smoothly as the government, healthcare workers or the general public would have hoped for. However, [...]

Why Healthcare Is So Expensive

Doctor stethoscope with cash in dollars over white

By Joseph Franz Healthcare in the United States costs more than in other countries because we want it that way.  As a culture we strive for the best.  We also want choices.  According to The Atlantic, the average routine office visit in the U.S. costs three times more than in France and Canada and almost [...]

Parker Invites Community Builders to Leadercast

Graduation Education Path LEARN to LEAD

By Kevin Yaley, Head of School At Francis Parker School we seek to inspire and develop tomorrow’s leaders. Leadership doesn’t simply mean to be in charge. Leadership is inspiring others to take on challenges and reach beyond their expectations. That is why Parker is inviting San Diegans to attend Leadercast, a daylong leadership-building event on [...]

New Initiative to Improve Care for Dual Eligibles

Nurse with elderly woman

Beginning in April, San Diego will be one of the first cities in California to take part in the Cal MediConnect program.

Economic Recovery Drives up Divorce Rate

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By Nancy Bickford The cost of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills‘ wedding was reportedly a hefty $3 million. Their divorce: almost $50 million. In other words, divorce can be very expensive. This is why, according to an article on Bloomberg.com, the divorce rate plunged during the 18-month recession beginning in 2008; many unhappy couples simply [...]

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