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

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

    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...

  • Apple and Google to Enter Healthcare Industry

    Apple and Google to Enter Healthcare Industry

    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,...

  • VA System Working with Local Providers to Reduce Wait Times

    VA System Working with Local Providers to Reduce Wait Times

    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...

  • The Effects of Health Care Over-Regulation

    The Effects of Health Care Over-Regulation

    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...

  • The Return of the Adjustable Rate Mortgage

    The Return of the Adjustable Rate Mortgage

    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...

  • Achieving the Triple Aim

    Achieving the Triple Aim

    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...

  • Why Healthcare Is So Expensive

    Why Healthcare Is So Expensive

    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...

  • New Initiative to Improve Care for Dual Eligibles

    New Initiative to Improve Care for Dual Eligibles

    By Joseph Franz Beginning in April, San Diego will be one of the first cities in California to take part in the Cal MediConnect program. Cal MediConnect is part of an Affordable Care Act initiative intended to provide dual eligibles (Americans who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare) with more...

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