Published on August 17, 2013 at 6:46 AM
Richmond Times-Dispatch: Surgery Centers: Vital Part Of Health Care Reform
It's hard to follow the news these days without seeing something about health care reform. But politics aside, today's health care system is challenged to meet the needs of patients in a cost-effective manner, while delivering quality care. That's where Ambulatory Surgery Centers, or ASCs, come into play and are prepared to have a larger role in the health reform conversation (Bruce P. Kupper, 8/16).
San Francisco Chronicle: California Needs More Interpreters For Patients
Within minutes of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in July, San Francisco General Hospital administrators knew they needed language translation services to help victims of this horrific accident. The hospital's medical staff put out the call for anyone who could interpret, and hospital personnel were able to communicate with the injured by asking Korean-speaking staff to double as interpreters. These patients were fortunate that San Francisco General found enough medical interpreters, but the unfortunate truth is that access to translation services is a major gap in our health care throughout the state (Philip Y. Ting, 8/16).
Baltimore Sun: A Supporter Sours On Obamacare
At the start of 2013, I looked forwarded to a barrage of public service announcements informing citizens on need-to-know facts about the full implementation of the ACA. I anticipated a full media blitz and a 50-state campaign to break down this tremendous bill for everyone to understand and accept wholeheartedly. Now we are two months away from full implementation, and the commercials never came. The cornerstone of President Barack Obama's first-term legacy, having survived a Supreme Court challenge, is a complete mess (Justin Cuffley, 8/15).
Los Angeles Times: Prescription Drug Crackdown
The growing death toll from prescription drug overdoses reflects the increased use of powerful painkillers and psychotherapeutic drugs, many of which are addictive and toxic when misused. Since The Times' Scott Glover and Lisa Girion began highlighting the problem late last year, state lawmakers have responded by trying to plug the information gaps that enable patients and doctors to abuse the system. Those efforts are slowly yielding results, although not to the extent that's needed (8/16).
This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.