March 10, 2014
March 7, 2014
Many people, whether they are intimidated by the red tape or worried about cost, who lack health insurance tell local navigators they'll risk fines and see how things work out during the coming year rather than obtain insurance by March 31. Navigators pose a different strategy: get covered and see how things work out.
February 28, 2014
Our region is in the middle of a four-year experiment. It tests whether the community can define its most important public health challenges and then tackle them, as a community, rather than rely on government and large health providers. Tucson Osteopathic Medical Foundation, through its executive director, has been part of the planning process since 2010. The 2013-2017 health improvement plan looks like:
February 26, 2014
The Cover Arizona Coalition
February 25, 2014
If you bought a health insurance plan in the Arizona marketplace and are suddenly besieged with requests for information about your health - including gift card offers from local stores - don't despair. This is not some sneaky way to throw you off the rolls because of a pre-existing condition. Instead, health plans are trying to figure out what conditions you do have in order to price premiums for 2015. Under the Affordable Care Act 2015 premiums must be submitted this spring.
February 18, 2014
There have been dozens of stories during the last two months about soldiers returning home with brain injuries and the rehab options and hopes those warriors have. What numbers are we talking about? According to the Department of Defense, from September 11, 2001 through September 30, 2013, more than 265,000 US troops suffered TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury. Most were mild concussions, but 26,250 suffered penetrating head wounds, some of which would have been fatal in earlier wars.
February 18, 2014
February 18, 2014
Arizona Department of Health Services sent a news release out over the weekend that a child who suffered from underlying medical conditions, died in Yuma from flu complications. It is Arizona's first pediatric death of the season. ADHS advises physicians to remind patients to stay home when they are sick and to take "proper respiratory etiquette" to prevent spread of the flu.
February 9, 2014
Flu is now reported in all 15 Arizona counties, the Pima County health department told TOMF last Friday, and is moving to peak sometime late next month. Flu is widespread in 40 states. Vaccines are still recommended but take about two weeks to become fully effective.
February 4, 2014
Some Things to Remember 1. Category 1A Credit is granted for live programs provided by Category 1 CME sponsors. Category 1B is granted for programs of a more casual nature (online, teaching, writing) provided by Category 1 CME sponsors. Category 2A is granted for live programs sponsored by non-AOA accredited providers. Category 2B is granted for programs of a more casual nature (online, teaching, writing) sponsored by non-AOA accredited providers.
January 26, 2014
Northwest Medical Center is finished with its $50 million expansion and opens its new surgical suites January 27. It now has 16 operating rooms, some with da Vinci robot capability, 3-D image-guided systems for neurosurgery and a hybrid cardiology/cath suite.
January 19, 2014
Americans spent 2.88 billion -- $314 per child -- on ear infection treatment and medication in 2009 according to a research study published in the January edition of The Larygoscope.