Why America’s Healthcare System Is Broken

Source: David Rook/ JP Griffin Group According to The Commonwealth Fund’s most recent study of 11 different countries’ healthcare systems, the United States comes in dead last. This study measures overall industry performance and each country is ranked by five factors that contribute to their score: care process (in which the U.S. placed 5th), access (11th), administrative efficiency (10th), equity (11th), and outcomes (11th). For being one of the richest countries in the world, the

HENRY The Dentist Raises $10 Million To Expand Its Fleet Of Mobile Dental Practices

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., March 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — HENRY The Dentist (HENRY) announced the closing of a $10 million Series A financing, led by Forerunner Ventures, to expand its fleet of mobile dental practices to companies in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York and additional states across the US. The funding will be used to accelerate growth of new vehicles to meet the demand from companies and patients for HENRY’s services. Kirsten Green joins the

Study: Heart Health May Begin In The Mouth

Source: Ann Kenda/ Arkansas Public Media Brushing and flossing may lower the risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. The observational study conducted by the Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences at Hiroshima University in Japan and presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Chicagolast October looked at the tooth-brushing behavior of 682 people.  After adjusting for other factors, researchers found that those who did not follow the suggested brushing time of

Health Plans For State Employees Use Medicare’s Hammer On Hospital Bills

Source: Julie Appleby/NPR States. They’re just as perplexed as the rest of us over the ever-rising cost of health care premiums. Now some states — including Montana, North Carolina and Oregon –are moving to control costs of state employee health plans. Their strategy: Use Medicare reimbursement rates to recalibrate how they pay hospitals. If the gamble pays off, more private-sector employers could start doing the same thing. “Government workers will get it first, then everyone

Bill to authorize dental therapists on Idaho’s tribal reservations passes House, heads to governor

Source: Betsy Z. Russel/ Idaho Press The House has voted 59-9 in favor of SB 1129a, legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to fill a service gap for dental care on Idaho’s tribal reservations by authorizing a new intermediate level type of service provider, dental therapists. Dental therapists work under the supervision of dentists, and unlike dental hygienists, can perform certain specified dental procedures and diagnoses. The backers

Research & Commentary: Dental Therapy is the Answer to Florida’s Dental Health Shortage

Source: Matthew Glans/ Heartland Institute In this Research & Commentary, Matthew Glans discusses two proposed bills in Florida that would allow dental therapists to practice as mid-level providers. Like many states, Florida is suffering from a growing dentist shortage. There are currently 52.3 dentists per 100,000 Florida residents, compared to a national average of 60.8 according to the James Madison Institute. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) designated 240 Florida

How Employers Are Fiing Health Care

Source: Harvard Business Review A 56-year-old man who works at Walmart — we’ll call him Bill — had been suffering from mild neck pain for years. Recently the pain had worsened, and his wife noticed a subtle tremor in his hands. An MRI showed some narrowing of the spinal column along with disc degeneration. A local surgeon explained that Bill’s best option was spine surgery. Bill had two choices. He could have the surgery at

Alzheimer’s is linked to gum disease – but bad oral health isn’t the only culprit

Source: Sim K. Singhrao/Dateline There is an increasing body of evidence to indicate that gum (periodontal) disease could be a plausible risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Some studies even suggest your risk doubles when gum disease persists for 10 or more years. Indeed, a new US study published in Science Advances details how a type of bacteria called Porphyromonas gingivalis – or P. gingivalis – which is associated with gum disease, has been found in

Oklahoma scientists discover link between dental hygiene and lupus symptoms

Source: Abigail Ogle/Koco News 5 OKLAHOMA CITY — Scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation say they’ve found a link between dental hygiene and lupus. Angie Rolke is living proof of the connection. “After lunch, I will brush again, floss again, and then at night, I repeat that with the Waterpik,” Rolke told KOCO. “I deal with the Waterpik twice a day. Rolke says it took her six years to be diagnosed with lupus. “A

4 Ways Amazon Is Moving Into Healthcare

Source: Natalie Walters/ The Motley Fool Amazon is setting itself up to disrupt the healthcare sector just as it did the grocery sector. Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) has been eyeing the $400 billion U.S. prescription drug market for well over a year, but it’s coming at it in a different way than people thought.  While Amazon originally wanted to sell pharmaceutical drugs through its Amazon Business marketplace, the company ended up abandoning those plans earlier this year. Instead, Amazon