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Attorney General’s radio ad advising to submit complaints against doctors

In the never ending battle against physicians, i heard on the radio today the Attorney Generals office ad advising us to report doctors if they are suspected of giving improper drugs – this is in accord with the new ISTOP program which basically makes a doctors life needlessly more complicated. It seems a few angry mothers believed it was the doctors fault that their children died of a drug over dose – god forbid if they took responsibility themselves that their children might have been addicts and they, the parents, missed the signs and did nothing. Horrible to say and more difficult for us to process this – its much easier for a few angry parents to take up a cause and change everyone else’s lives – our politicians don’t want to lose votes do they.

There are some doctors that sell drugs as there are politicians that steal our money and? Why don’t we have a society against political corruption?

This never ending battle against doctors leads all of us to think that they are all evil and deserve to be punished. Yet they say nothing.

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Prominent psychiatrist admits he helped invent ADHD as a disease

[preamble]The pursuit of money creates a disease and a state of mind that the disease is treatable with drugs – long terms effects be damned. Now what to do with the new diabetes as a disease[backtopost]
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by: Paul Fassa
Tags: psychiatry, ADHD, fake diseases

(NaturalNews) Many vaguely understand that the American Psychiatric Association (APA) keeps making up diseases as they continue developing new issues of their DSM or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Recently, a founding father of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), announced a few months before his death that … “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”

After turning 87 years old, American psychiatrist Dr. Leon Eisenberg made this statement to the German weekly Der Spiegel on 2 February 2012. Seven months later, he died. Apparently, he had decided to come clean and confess before moving to the beyond.

Dr. Eisenberg was among the committee of psychiatrists who put together the DMS II in 1968. He had initially coined the term “hyperkinetic reaction of childhood,” which was described and agreed upon by the committee and confirmed by a small percentage of APA members as a mental disorder. Later, the term was altered to the current ADHD.

Yet, there is no biological proof or test to determine exactly what chemicals are “out of balance” in the brain for ADHD or any other disorder. Most psychiatric drugs are unnecessary at least. And they have often caused suicide and homicide.

Then there are the milder adverse reactions that include feeling depressed or not like oneself and even physically out of sorts among those taking psychotropics for mental disorders created by committees.

An epidemic of pharmaceutical drug use is harming millions of kids

Since that DMS conference in 1968, Dr. Eisenberg’s contribution to mental disease by invention and committee consensus has resulted in drugging millions of children from preschool age through high school.

It’s currently estimated that up to 20% (one out of five) of children from nursery school and kindergarten through high school and in foster homes have been prescribed Ritalin.

Ritalin, commonly prescribed for kids “diagnosed” (labeled is more appropriate) with ADHD was tested a little over a decade ago by the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The BNL study determined that Ritalin is pharmacologically similar to cocaine with perhaps even worse brain damaging potential.

Even the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control classifies methylphenidate (RitalinR) as a Class II controlled substance with … “a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.”

Ritalin and other pharmaceutical psychotropic prescriptions are often enforced with threats of expulsion of those kids deemed inattentive or difficult to manage.

Parents, teachers, or foster home caretakers who are too busy to bother managing children with dietary changes or appropriate social management skills are easily convinced that these drugs offer solutions.

Meanwhile, the collusion of Big Pharma and psychiatry thrives with their DMS invented diseases, which legitimized government and private insurance funding for their bogus medical racket. You don’t have to be well off to pay for a shrink anymore. Just make sure your coverage includes psychotropic drugs.

Psychiatrists with pharmaceutical ties comprised at least 68% of the DMS-V committee. Big Pharma pays psychiatrists to deliver seminars, act as consultants, or enroll their clients into final testing of new drugs.

Some receive up to $100,000. Big Pharma paid out $250 million for these and other professional services during the years 2009 and 2010. Dr. Irwin Savodnik, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, stated succinctly, “The very vocabulary of psychiatry is now defined at all levels by the pharmaceutical industry.”

The widespread drugging of children with neurological damage potential puts normal kids in harm’s way while creating psychological ignorance and dependence on a pseudo-scientific medical racket that’s raking in billions.

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A study shows that the doctor-patient relationship is key to better health!

[preamble]Leave it to our government and some comity to restate the obvious. I have been advocating the doctor/patient relation ship for years. Meaning anything that comes between the doctor/patient is detrimental to the healing process. Hence, Obama care, reduction in so called costs, ACO’s etc… all come between the doctor and patient. So on one hand, our government and medical societies are demand a fix to a “crisis” yet the only fix is to allow doctors to do what they do best – take care of patients. Perhaps the best way to fix it is to attack the insurance companies, tort reform, unions and the lawyers – god forbid we really want to solve a problem! oh and if you read the article you will see another buzz word – “patient activation” absolutely insane how we keep making up words to complicate an issue – patient activation? [backtopost]

When Seeing The Same Physician, Highly Activated Patients Have Better Care Experiences Than Less Activated Patients

  1. Valerie Overton

    1. 1Jessica Greene (jessgreene@gwu.edu) is a professor in the School of Nursing at the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

    2. 2Judith H. Hibbard is a professor emerita and senior researcher in the Health Policy Research Group at the University of Oregon, in Eugene.

    3. 3Rebecca Sacks is a research assistant in the Health Policy Research Group at the University of Oregon.

    4. 4Valerie Overton is vice president for quality and innovation at Fairview Medical Group, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fairview Medical Group oversees the forty-four primary care clinics in Fairview Health Services.
    1. *Corresponding author

    Abstract

    Measures of the patient care experience are now routinely used in public reports and increasingly influence health provider payment. We examined data from 5,002 patients of forty-nine primary care providers to explore the relationship between patient activation—a term referring to the knowledge, skills, and confidence a patient has for managing his or her health care—and the patient care experience. We found that patients at higher levels of activation had more positive experiences than patients at lower levels seeing the same clinician. The observed differential was maintained when we controlled for demographic characteristics and health status. We did not find evidence that patients at higher levels of activation selected providers who were more patient-centric. The findings suggest that the care experience is transactional, shaped by both providers and patients. Strategies to improve the patient experience, therefore, should focus not only on providers but also on improving patients’ ability to elicit what they need from their providers.

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Another set back for “African Americans”

Today a judge rules stop and frisk unconstitutional – Al Sharpton and others are probably in their glory. However, the real losers are the people in the neighborhoods that stop and frisk has been scaled back and or stopped. The real losers are the African Americans and their children. The only winners are the thugs and the Al Sharptons.

No one noticed that as soon as stop and frisk has been attacked, the number of shootings and crimns has risen. It seems we now always hear about a killing, shooting etc… in the neighborhoods. The majorioty being blacks. Lets be realistic, the media NEVER says a black man shoots several people  – no what we hear is an “individual” shoots…..

The media seems to “forget” the race of the people performing the crimes. Are we as a society that blind to the stupidity and dangerous message we are giving out?

Whats wrong with addressing the problem head on – blacks commit the majority of crimes – why? Who are they? What is the cause of it? How do we target it and develope a method to combat it as a society together. NOT black vs white, not black vs black but a society attempting to fix a situation. NO problem can be solved if its not identified and hidden behind a vale of political correctness – it only hurts the police in doing their job, it hurts the people that we need to protect and it perpetuates a cultural of “its not us, its racial”.

Once you use the word “racism” all meaningful discussions stop. Are we to ignore race and make believe its not a factor in anything thats done? Are we to allow our police force to not profile and attack the people causing crime?
I live in Bayridge Brooklyn, am i not racially profiled as a white person with money hence the city attacks us with fines and meter maids? Is the same distribution of meter maids in Brownsville, bronx etc..? The answer is no – hence profiling only is a crime if its politically incorrect – NOT if its an income for the city.

The numbers show the problem, as our mayor said:
Blacks are hte most likely to fail in business
Blacks are the most likely to commit a crime – etc…
Why? Blacks need to get over their blacksim and open their eyes – they need to take charge of themselves and stop acting like victims. The Chinese in 1 generation have surpassed the blacks who had over 150 years.

Bill Cosby said it right – step up and be a man. This will never be solved it we continue to ignore the true problem.

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The sucking sounds of jobs going overseas – Obama care side effect

[preamble]Side effect of Obama care – jobs being shipped overseas.  Companies scramble to meet government demands to cut costs, save money and produce. Where do they go? India and abroad because labor is lower cost. Did anyone try to ever deal with India? Bad English, Culturally unaware of us, impossible to understand and a ridiculous time zone difference.
Hence a consequence of Obama care and its reliance on IT is less jobs in the US. Wonderful news.
Perhaps a few pages of mandates should have been added where companies providing IT MUST use American labor and stationed in America – lets be realistic – your private medical record data is now overseas in a 3rd world country.

Should have given tax breaks to companies that followed this policy – would maybe have created jobs – but our president does not know about creating jobs does he……….[backtopost]

Global health IT outsourcing market to reach $50.4 billion by 2018
By Susan D. Hall

The U.S. and Canada lead in the global healthcare IT outsourcing market, with North America accounting for the largest share at 72 percent, according to a new report from RnRMarketResearch.com. The global market is expected to reach $50.4 billion by 2018 from $35 billion in 2013, with health insurance, healthcare systems and the pharmaceutical industry driving growth.

All three rely on outsourcing to reduce operational and maintenance costs, increase access to IT staff and quickly implement new technologies. Lack of in-house IT expertise, increasing need to integrate disparate systems, and growing pressure to meet Meaningful Use criteria and implement ICD-10 are among the factors at play, according to the report.

However, factors such as the fragmented nature of the business, growing concern for data security and cultural and language barriers restrain growth of the market.

IT hiring remains difficult in healthcare. In a recently published HIMSS Analytics survey, hospital respondents said they outsourced at least one IT function rather than hiring in-house. Ninety-three percent said they plan to outsource a function within the next year.

Health information exchanges, too, are relying on outsourcing for positions when they don’t have the required skills in-house, HIMSS and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) reported.

Despite pressure to measure and analyze data for quality reporting, a report published this week found budget woes and a skills gap holding back many healthcare organizations from fully harnessing the potential for analytics.

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Our School are failing – AGAIN

[preamble]New tests – lower scores, more money for our school system! Our politicians and people in charge of the system actually think its a GOOD thing when the test scores are lower. Since i was a child all I kept hearing was how there is not enough money – blah blah blah

We never hear that our students are doing well and our schools are in good shape – i want my money back – we spend too much for no return.

When this folly ends.

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Bank of America whistleblowers say they were told to lie about mortgages

[preamble]I think i pay too much for my mortgage  – and its not fair. Perhaps our government can bail me out and advise these banks to reduce my interest rates to something i can afford. – i bet if all of us complain, we can create a new “crisis” and get ailed out – lets try…….[backtopost]

Bank of America whistleblowers say they were told to lie about mortgages

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes
Tags: Bank of America, housing bubble, home foreclosures

(NaturalNews) Americans still reeling from the collapse of the U.S. housing market and who lost homes or tens of thousands of dollars in equity are going to be especially upset by news that one of the lenders at the heart of the collapse, Bank of America, is guilty of fleecing borrowers and rewarding foreclosures.

According to BoA employees-turned-whistleblowers who have signed sworn statements attesting to the validity of their accusations, “Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure,” investigative journal ProPublica is reporting.

The statements were filed in mid-June in a Boston federal court as part of a multi-state class-action lawsuit brought by homeowners who attempted to avoid foreclosure via the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), a government program, but say their cases were botched by BoA.

Homeowners denied en masse

As expected, BoA is officially denying any wrongdoing, with a spokesman telling ProPublica that to a person, the former employees’ claims are “rife with factual inaccuracies,” adding that the bank planned to address the accusations more fully in July.

The spokesman, who was not identified by name, went on to say that BoA was responsible for modifying more loans than any other U.S. bank, and that the financial institution is continuing to “demonstrate our commitment to assisting customers who are at risk of foreclosure.”

A half dozen former employees actually worked for BoA, while one worked for a contractor. “They range from former managers to front-line employees, and all dealt with homeowners seeking to avoid foreclosure through the government’s program,” ProPublica reported.

When HAMP was launched by the Obama Administration in 2009, the housing collapse was still ravaging the U.S. economy and homeowners. At the time, BoA was, by far, the largest mortgage servicing institution in the program, with twice as many loans eligible as the next largest institution.

According to the former employees, BoA – besieged with a rush of panicked homeowners – the bank would often either mislead them or deny their applications for bogus reasons.

William Wilson, Jr., an underwriter and manager for BoA from 2010 to 2012, said at times large groups of homeowners were denied at once via a procedure called a “blitz.” Per Pro Publica:

As part of the modification applications, homeowners were required to send in documents with their financial information. About twice a month, Wilson said, the bank ordered that all files with documentation 60 or more days old simply be denied.

“During a blitz, a single team would decline between 600 and 1,500 modification files at a time,” he said in his sworn statement. In order to justify such mass denials, employees devised fictitious reasons for the rejections, such as claiming that the homeowner had not filed the appropriate paperwork when they really had.

Mass denials like these may also have occurred at other financial institutions, the report said.

Chris Wyatt, formerly of Goldman Sachs subsidiary Litton Loan Servicing, told Pro Publica last year that the firm sometimes conducted “denial sweeps” of applicants, to reduce backlogs. At the time, a Goldman Sachs spokesperson denied Wyatt’s claims but offered nothing to refute him.

Still ‘too big to fail’

Of the whistleblowers, five said they were encouraged to mislead customers.

“We were told to lie to customers and claim that Bank of America had not received documents it had requested,” said Simone Gordon, an senior collector at the bank from 2007 until early 2012. “We were told that admitting that the Bank received documents ‘would open a can of worms,'” she added, noting that BoA was required to underwrite applications within 30 days of receiving homeowners’ documents, but that the bank did not have adequate staff for the task.

“Wilson said each underwriter commonly had 400 outstanding applications awaiting review,” ProPublica reported.

Added Salon.com:

In reality, Bank of America used [the program] as a tool, say these former employees, to squeeze as much money as possible out of struggling borrowers before eventually foreclosing on them.

Despite so-called financial reforms passed in the wake of the housing scandal, BoA and others remain “too big to fail” (http://www.ft.com).

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Unaffordable Care Act

[preamble]Wow very affordable. Look at those numbers $600 a month! that’s not affordable! That’s a major tax burden on me and everyone else. Thank you Obama – reaching into my pocket again.[backtopost]

I’m about to pay $8665 a year for crappy high deductible insurance in NYS
Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 09:28 AM PDT
Daily Kos. NYCEVE

Quick disclaimer.

I am a fierce champion of single payer. I am on the board of California OneCare, one of the most active single payer organizations in California. But right now, we are several heartbeats away from the opening of the health insurance exchanges. So let’s take a real world look at what we might expect.

Take a deep breath and continue reading.

The task facing the administration is Herculean,  quite literally changing the psyche of the American people. American have long accepted that in this country healthcare is a privilege reserved to the affluent and those still with employer provided insurance. We’re now being told, throw away those beliefs the future is here, and the future belongs to those who buy for-profit private insurance.

We’ve segued from each man/woman for herself, to we’re all in this together.

The biggest and most critical hurdle is to sell the young 18-34 year old cohort on the need for them to enroll. Without this group of Americans, which the Administration estimates is around 2.7 million strong, the exchanges will implode due to a phenomenon called adverse selection.

Enroll America

Despite my grave reservations and deep concern about the implementation of Obamacare, I would urge anyone who can lend a hand, to go to the web site of Enroll America and do whatever you can, to help get young people happily enrolled.  Without their participation, We. Are. Toast.

As Robert Pear wrote yesterday in the New York Times,“For Obamacare to Work, Everyone Must Be In”. And the sine qua non of the ACA are the young invincibles who must be persuaded to enroll.

So struggling Americans, still reeling from the 2008 crisis, are being asked/required to accept the for-profit insurance industry, and pay staggering premiums and deductibles, just to get a foot in the door to the most expensive, but far from the best healthcare system in the world. We are being told that the barbaric belief system which continues to be embraced by tens of millions, that healthcare is only for those who can pay, is all wrong, and a new day has arrived.

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Up until now, healthcare in the United States has been a privilege. Some would argue, and I would agree, that even with the new day we are all awaiting, healthcare will remain a privilege and as many of us have long feared, many/most of us who will comply with the law, will have insurance in name only.

What do we mean by insurance in name only?

The situation in New York State is instructive, and helps explain what it means to be insured, but in reality to be dangerously underinsured.

A few weeks ago, headlines trumpeted that New York would see premiums drop by up to 50%.  This was misleading.  New York had among the highest premiums in the nation because we are a pure community rating, guaranteed issue state–one of six or seven community rating states in the country.

This meant that insurers had to sell insurance to anyone who could pay for it. Pre-existing conditions did not taint New York State. Young and old, all paid the same. So, guess what happened?  Young people dropped out, and the pool shrunk to just people who really needed to be insured–the sick, those with chronic conditions.  New York could brag about offering health insurance to everyone–with one caveat, if you could pay among the highest rates in the country! I would be dead or would have filed for medical bankruptcy, if I weren’t a resident of NY State.

Obamacare is supposed to ameliorate this problem of adverse selection by mandating that everyone buy, so the older and sicker will in effect be subsidized by the young and healthy.

But returning to the reality on the ground, what kind of check will I and other New Yorkers be writing every month, and what will we get for it?

Here is a chart of the generic plans being offered on the NY Health Benefits Exchange.

Here is the approved New york State rate chart.

If you focus on the Silver Plan, you’ll not that the deductible is $2000 with a maximum out of pocket cap of $5000.

But in order to access these magnanimous benefits, if you select, say Oxford, and live in the New York City vicinity, as I do, you’ll pay a monthly premium of $555.48 X 12 = $6,665.76, then you’ve got the $2000 deductible which brings your immediate costs to $8665.76.

Then you’ve got, co-pays and co-insurance on top of this. You’ve got to incur an additional $3000 after the deductible to hit your out-of-pocket cap.

What we’re really seeing play out is an overhaul of the insurance model codified by the Affordable Care Act.  It will be all but impossible (except for the mega rich), to buy insurance offering what is called first dollar coverage.  This means we will all be required to pay steep premiums and deductibles but may not have the financial resources to actually access healthcare.

As I like to say, you don’t have to believe me, but you should trust theJournal of General Internal Medicinewhich made exactly this point.

“Obamacare is making underinsurance the new normal,” said Woolhandler. “It will reduce the number of uninsured from 50 million to 30 million, but the new coverage is full of holes. Americans deserve the kind of first-dollar, comprehensive coverage that Canadians already have. But that’s only affordable under a single-payer system that cuts out the private insurance middlemen.”

Yes, thanks to the ACA, there are a couple of preventative screenings included in these huge costs, but overall, what we have going on here is a huge shifting of costs onto the backs of the insured.

As we all know, there is zero price transparency in the US healthcare system, so God help you if you plan on calling around to get the best price for a bypass before signing up.

And when you pay for that bypass, you’d do yourself a favor by considering getting it in a country with far better outcomes, at a fraction of the cost than in the United States.

I am reminded on days like today, that President Obama campaigned on the idea that people like me would see something like a $2500 reduction in health insurance costs.

What was I thinking?