I used to work for a hospital in the billing and collecting department. We used to hate dealing with Medicaid cases because they didn’t pay much. Of course, that’s assuming that the Medicaid office actually accepted the claim in the first place. It really depended on the state though. Some states like Ohio actually paid fairly well, so we didn’t mind them as much. Other states paid a per diem that barely covered the costs. And in other states, we didn’t even accept Medicaid patients, because those particular states paid so little that we would lose a considerable amount of money treating the patient.
And I’m not championing higher-paying government-run healthcare. The more Medicaid pays in reimbursements, the higher the state’s taxes must be, and that’s not good. But it’s just the way it is. Ideally, we wouldn’t have government-run healthcare, but we do. The reality is that hospitals and doctors have to deal with Medicaid patients more and more and have to accept Medicaid’s measly payment as payment in full. With Medicaid payments as small as they are, doctors and hospitals are refusing to treat people with Medicaid, because they lose money with them. The more Medicaid patients health care providers treat, the more likely those providers will be driven out of business, and when physicians refuse to treat Medicaid recipients, the patients go untreated and sometimes die as a result of non-treatment.
Doctors often prefer an uninsured patient to a Medicaid patient because the uninsured will pay cash for routine visits, and that’s so much easier than fooling with paper work for Medicaid and then getting paid next to nothing or just nothing at all in case the claim gets denied. There was an MIT study that found that 75% of physicians receive less revenue from Medicaid than they do from the uninsured. But others think that Medicaid has been a tremendous success, and that it needs to be expanded. The Huffington Post sings Medicaid’s praises:
“Medicaid is a lifeline for seniors, children, working families and people with disabilities. It creates jobs by pumping dollars into local economies. It keeps open the doors of local hospitals and community health centers. Medicaid keeps millions of middle-class families from going bankrupt from the high cost of nursing-home and in-home care. … Expanding Medicaid is a moral and fiscal imperative. …We can’t achieve shared prosperity and equal opportunity in this country if people can’t get quality, affordable health care.” [Emphasis mine]
When you can’t really justify the existence of a government program, just say that it “creates jobs.” And now they’re bringing morality into it. It’s our “duty” to expand Medicaid and force others into the program. It’s our “moral obligation” to funnel our tax dollars, nearly a half a trillion dollars a year into socializing the healthcare system in each state. It’s also a “fiscal imperative.” This is supposed to save us money? Instead of cutting the programs themselves, Medicaid is actually expanding their programs while simultaneously decreasing payments to physicians and hospitals. And as more states continue to do this, it will somehow create a “shared prosperity.” Yeah, a shared prosperity where everybody is equally poor, and most of the doctors have been forced out of business by Medicaid.
So many people have grown dependent on government programs that there seems to be no easy way out of this mess. It’s definitely a case where the cure is more painful that the disease itself. I think the cure is in part to let these unConstitutional programs phase out. If a state or a country is in a debt crisis, you don’t fix it by making healthcare programs bigger and paying out less to doctors. There’s no morality in that, and it’s certainly not good for the economy. Take care of those who have grown dependent on state healthcare, but work to phase out the programs and offer others the freedom to take care of themselves as they see fit. The less involved the government is in our healthcare system, the more affordable, efficient and better quality the care itself will be.
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American Authorities Quietly Prepping for US Coronavirus Outbreak
There are serious concerns that the illness is poised for an American renaissance.
In the Far East, a nightmare is underway.
A novel strain of the often-dangerous Coronavirus has reared its ugly head, and has been bordering on “pandemic” status for weeks now. The epicenter is Wuhan, China, where researchers’ best guess is that the illness jumped from bats to humans, (or maybe snakes to humans), at one of the local wildlife markets.
The numbers are terrifying in China, where more than 2,300 have perished at the hands of the virus…and that’s if the numbers being released by Beijing are to be believed.
This strain of Coronavirus has also reached the US, but has been thankfully tame in the States so far.
That hasn’t stopped American authorities from preparing for the worst, however.
In coming weeks, if the virus begins to spread through U.S. communities, health authorities want to be ready to adopt school and business closures like those undertaken in Asian countries to contain the disease, Messonnier said.
“We’re not seeing community spread here in the United States yet, but it’s very possible, even likely, that it may eventually happen,” Messonnier said.
“Our goal continues to be to slow the introduction of the virus into the U.S. This buys us more time to prepare communities for more cases and possibly sustained spread.”
And what about cases here in the US?
The United States currently has 13 cases of people diagnosed with the virus within the country and 21 cases among Americans repatriated on evacuation flights from Wuhan, China, and from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, CDC said.
Of 329 Americans evacuated from the cruise ship, 18 tested positive for the virus. Eleven of them are at University of Nebraska Medical Center, five are in medical facilities near Travis Air Force Base in California and two are near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
The passengers evacuated from the Diamond Princess were flown to America against the wishes of the CDC, further complicating American efforts to control and contain the virus.
Coronavirus Vaccine Conjured in California Lab in Just Three Hours
While this is excellent news on its face, it raises new concerns regarding China’s capabilities to rein in the virus.
The world is on edge, and rightly so: A virulent pandemic is unfolding in the Far East, well away from the medical professional best and brightest minds, and mired in the tyranny of China’s communist regime.
This latest, novel strain of the Coronavirus is quite deadly, and is spreading at a rapid rate thanks to its 14-day incubation period. In China, thousands are likely dead, with tens of thousands more now infected.
And these are just the numbers that we know about. There are very serious concerns that Beijing is deflating these numbers in order to save face.
In news that further illustrates the incompetence of the Chinese government, it has taken only three hours for medical professionals in California to produce a vaccine for the virus.
An American biotech company says it created a coronavirus vaccine three hours after getting access to the virus’ genetic sequence on Jan. 9, and now scientists are racing to get the vaccine on the market in record time.
Inovio Pharmaceuticals is based in Pennsylvania, but scientists in its laboratory in San Diego made the discovery.
“We have an algorithm which we designed, and we put the DNA sequence into our algorithm and came up with the vaccine in that short amount of time,” Inovio’s research and development director Dr. Trevor Smith told KVUE.
Inovio believes that the vaccine could be ready for consumer use by summer of 2020.
North Korea’s Secretive Government ‘Clearly Lying’ When it Comes to Coronavirus
Is North Korea a secret coronavirus hot spot?
As the recent coronavirus pandemic continues to rage in mainland China, the illness has exhibited a global footprint with cases all the way from Beijing to San Francisco Bay and back again.
For many, the outbreak’s epicenter is a major concern. China’s communist regime is not known for their forthcomingness, leading global experts to speculate that any information that we are being provided from the far east superpower has been scrubbed, so to speak.
Even more clandestine than China, of course, is North Korea – a despotic hellhole at times, particularly when it comes to issues of modernity in medicine. Experts are now concerned that the DPRK could be completely misleading the rest of the region as to the impact that the coronavirus has had in the hermit kingdom.
The coronavirus has infected more than 60,000 people across 26 countries after first being discovered in China’s Hubei Province, and yet North Korea, which shares a border with the country where more than 59,000 of those cases and over 1,360 deaths have been reported, claims it does not have a single illness.
Unverified reports about a quarantined person allegedly being executed by the country after visiting a public bath have emerged, as well as a potential first confirmed case, but the government remains steadfast in denying that the virus has reached its borders, which many experts have cast doubt on.
“There is no way that North Korea is not being impacted by the coronavirus — they are clearly lying as they don’t want to show any weakness or that there is any threat to the regime,” Harry Kazianis, director of Korean Studies at the Center for National Interest, told Fox News. “Considering how there are many porous sections of the North Korea-China border — and how the Kim regime depends on illegal trade to survive — it is clear the virus has come to North Korea.”
North Korea has spent decades in a self-imposed exile from the rest of the world, largely in order to keep their citizens properly docile. Should North Koreans learn of the outside world, it is unlikely that the spell of their dynastic rule would last much longer.
American Universities Cancel Study Abroad Programs Amid Coronavirus Fears
There appears to be no end in sight for this coronavirus outbreak, and academia is taking extra precautions on account of it.
There are growing concerns that the recent outbreak of a novel strain of coronavirus in in the Far East is far worse than authorities abroad are letting on.
The illness, which begins with somewhat benign respiratory issues after a two-week incubation period before evolving into a severe and pneumonia-like sickness, is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China after possible transmission from snakes to humans at one of the city’s wildlife markets. As it stands today, no cure or preventative vaccine has been identified, and the spread of the virus is simply outpacing the efforts to contain it.
Quarantine seems to be the only effective method to slowing the coronavirus down, and global universities are now taking extra precautions on account of this reality.
From Europe to Australia and the United States, universities in countries that host Chinese students have reconsidered academic-related travel to and from China. In the U.S., the cancellations add to the tension between two governments whose relations were already sour.
The scare threatens to cause lasting damage to growing academic exchange programs that reached new heights over the last decade and a half, experts say.
The travel restrictions also complicate planning for conferences and campus events in the U.S. that scholars from China might attend.
“That door has been, if not slammed shut, certainly closed for the immediate future,” said Michael Schoenfeld, Duke University’s vice president for public affairs and government relations.
The death toll in China is now in the hundreds, but many fear that this number has been artificially deflated in order for the communist regime in Beijing to save face.
In the United States, nearly a dozen cases of the virus have been positively identified, some in major cities such as Chicago and San Francisco.
Coronavirus Approaching Pandemic Status as China Continues to Lie About Conditions
Medical experts are worried that the Coronavirus is not approaching pandemic status as bodies mount in China and cases grow across the world.
Medical experts are worried that the Coronavirus is not approaching pandemic status as bodies mount in China and cases grow across the world.
Researchers are becoming alarmed at how quickly the cases are growing across the globe.
A “pandemic” is a viral outbreak occurring on at least two continents at the same time. They are dangerous because the world’s healthcare resources become strained by having to confront medical emergencies in so many locations all at once.
The virus appears to spread quicker than both SARS and MERS, making it much harder to contain.
“It’s very, very transmissible, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic,” said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. “But will it be catastrophic? I don’t know.”
As the New York Times reported:
In the last three weeks, the number of lab-confirmed cases has soared from about 50 in China to more than 17,000 in at least 23 countries; there have been more than 360 deaths.
But various epidemiological models estimate that the real number of cases is 100,000 or even more. While that expansion is not as rapid as that of flu or measles, it is an enormous leap beyond what virologists saw when SARS and MERS emerged.
When SARS was vanquished in July 2003 after spreading for nine months, only 8,098 cases had been confirmed. MERS has been circulating since 2012, but there have been only about 2,500 known cases.
But a Chinese nurse who is speaking anonymously because China is arresting anyone who talks to foreigners about what is happening inside the red nation, is warning that China is running out of resources even as the death toll grows.
“I think there are many more infections and deaths from coronavirus than have been officially reported. When preliminary tests determine that a patient has a lung sickness, the nucleic acid test (NAT), which detects viruses, cannot always be carried out because the waiting list is too long. The patient is therefore not diagnosed,” the nurse told DW.com.
“Furthermore, if someone dies from the lung sickness, and has not taken the NAT test, the fatality is not statistically registered as having been caused by the coronavirus,” the nurse added.
So, literally thousands of cases are going unrecorded. And many are dying without their death being added to the statistics.
The nurse also said that building more facilities is not as helpful as one might think because there aren’t enough medical personnel to staff them. So, people are still going untreated because they aren’t being seen even if they are in a hospital!
This is a grave emergency in China, but China is simply lying about how badly they are bing hit.
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Rush Limbaugh Has Advanced Lung Cancer
Prayers for Rush and his family.
Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh confirmed Monday that he was recently diagnosed with “advanced stage lung cancer,” announcing his medical condition during his live broadcast.
“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said. “I’m sure that you all know by now that I really don’t like talking about myself and I don’t like making things about me… one thing that I know, that has happened over the 31-plus years of this program is that there has been an incredible bond that had developed between all of you and me.”
Here’s the audio of Rush Limbaugh announcing on his show that he has lung cancer. pic.twitter.com/V60pAOpf68
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 3, 2020
“So, I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you. It’s a struggle for me, because I had to inform my staff earlier today,” he said. “I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with. The upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.”
“I thought about not telling anybody,” he added. “It is what it is. You know me, I’m the Mayor of Realville, so, this has happened and my intention is to come here every day I can, and do this program as normally and competently and expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally.”
Read the full report at Fox News.
Hateful people attack on Twitter:
— T-DOGG (@tophernoun) February 3, 2020
He wasn’t puffing on a cigar while he announced it, was he? Asking for a friend.
— Don Silsby (@donsilsby) February 3, 2020
When you are filled with hate and rage, your body will turn on you
— NoFucksgiven aka Red D. Wright (@no_fucksgiven) February 3, 2020
I really don’t care, do you?
— Kenny Bridges (@BridgesKenny) February 3, 2020
Maybe it’s windmill cancer 😢
— Traitor Tot & Friends (@EgoDevins) February 3, 2020
— Howsci (@Howscib) February 3, 2020
Cancer sucks – I know. ObamaCare saved my life. The ACA is something he’s been against and has been trying to get rid of. So No Tears for him from me. The man has been destroying America for decades. American will be better off without him and everyone like him.
— ✌🏻ʎɔɐן ǝƃɹoǝƃ ✌🏻 (@glacy) February 3, 2020
See you in hell, you monster.
— disco nobody (@less_scrutable) February 3, 2020
CDC Defends ‘Aggressive Actions’ Taken to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus
Something must be done to prevent the spread of this novel strain of coronavirus, and the CDC isn’t shying away from that task.
There are growing concerns around the globe that China’s response to the outbreak of a novel strain of the Coronavirus is not exactly adequate, and that the often secretive communist regime is hiding the true toll of the illness from the international community.
The epicenter of the outbreak is Wuhan, China, where scientists are still working to determine precisely where the virus originated from. The best guess so far has been that the contagion was passed from snakes to humans in a wildlife market somewhere in the city.
As the coronavirus continues to spread around the world, the Center for Disease Control in the United States is taking particularly strong precautions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday defended what it called “aggressive actions” to control the spread of the new coronavirus in the United States, including stern advisories against traveling to China and mandatory federal quarantines for those arriving from the part of China with the vast majority of cases.
The characterization comes as the agency is working to provide state and local health departments with the tools needed to diagnose the virus themselves.
Currently, the CDC headquarters in Atlanta is the only place in the country with a test for the new coronavirus. That means lab results take at least 24 to 36 hours, including the time it takes to send samples overnight to Atlanta, plus four to six hours to perform the actual test.
On Monday, the CDC said it planned to submit the diagnostics to the Food and Drug Administration for approval of the test under “emergency use authorization.” That action hastens the approval process for potentially lifesaving medical or diagnostic products during public health emergencies, the CDC said.
China has rejected an offer of help from the CDC, later attempting to paint the offer as “insignificant”. Officials within the CDC rejected that characterization outright, and reiterated their dedication to fighting the spread of the illness.
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