At a national level, healthcare spending is rising faster than the rest of the economy is growing. According to the Health Care Cost Institute’s latest annual report, total annual per-person spending grew at a rate of 3.9 percent between 2013 and 2017, outpacing the 3.1 percent average annual increase in the gross domestic product (GDP). Although health care spending already accounts for 18 percent of GDP, it reached an all-time high in 2017 due to increased prices, even though health care utilization grew at only 0.5 percent. A number of factors are contributing to these trends in Southeast Wisconsin. These include ongoing partnerships and consolidation among health care providers, as well as new construction projects. Local and national insurers are continuing to partner, innovate, and adapt to gain an edge in the market. And on the broker side, small agencies are cashing out by selling to larger brokerage firms. Providers Partnerships and mergers continue to dominate the local … [Read more...] about Consolidation in health care, disruption coming soon?
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Deerfield's Beth Levy joined dozens of breast cancer survivors, fighters and family members from across Illinois at Soldier Field on October 21 as part of Advocate Health Care and the Chicago Bears' efforts to raise awareness for a disease that one in eight women develops during her lifetime. Donning pink superhero capes, the group participated in Sunday's "Crucial Catch" game to intercept cancer, encouraging fans in the stadium and at home to be vigilant about their breast health. In addition to the day's planned breast cancer activities, Levy participated in the Chicago Bears Bear Down flag ceremony at the game against the New England Patriots. Levy was diagnosed in June of this year. A 38-year-old busy working mother of two, it was not until she was changing jobs with a two-week break between roles that she finally had time to schedule a mammogram. Levy says she feels really lucky that she got her mammogram when she did and has even started a charity to help women who can't … [Read more...] about Three Lutheran General Patients Join Advocate Health Care and Chicago Bears to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness
Advocate Health Care is pleased to welcome David P. Randall, DO to the Advocate Brain & Spine Institute. Dr. Randall will develop a neuromuscular neurology program at the Institute serving as Director of Neuromuscular Neurology for Advocate Medical Group. He will practice with Advocate Medical Group primarily at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Dr. Randall is a board-certified clinical neurophysiologist and neurologist, highly skilled in the treatment of neuromuscular diseases and conditions, with a special focus on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Gullain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, myopathy and peripheral neuropathy. He has specialized in neuromuscular neurology for over 20 years and performs electromyography and nerve conduction studies.Dr. Randall has published nearly a dozen articles on Gullain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), neuropathy and other topics related to various aspects of neuromuscular diseases.Dr. Randall … [Read more...] about Advocate Health Care welcomes neuromuscular neurologist David P. Randall, DO, to its Brain & Spine Institute
When the American Medical Association — one of the nation’s most powerful health care groups — met in Chicago this June, its medical student caucus seized an opportunity for change.Though they had tried for years to advance a resolution calling on the organization to drop its decades-long opposition to single-payer health care, this was the first time it got a full hearing. The debate grew heated — older physicians warned their pay would decrease, calling younger advocates naïve to single-payer’s consequences. But this time, by the meeting’s end, the AMA’s older members had agreed to at least study the possibility of changing its stance."We believe health care is a human right, maybe more so than past generations," said Dr. Brad Zehr, a 29-year-old pathology resident at Ohio State University, who was part of the debate. "There’s a generational shift happening, where we see universal health care as a requirement."The ins and outs of … [Read more...] about Next generation: Many younger doctors like the idea of universal health care
I’ve always been drawn to Odessa Brown’s story. She was a pioneer and a relentless advocate for children’s health. I’ve lived in Seattle all my life, and as a reporter I’ve covered our vibrant, diverse community for more than four decades. Today, more than ever, I see a vulnerable population who needs our help. Like Brown, I want to be a strong, fearless voice for those who have yet to grow into their own — our community’s children — so they can live the healthiest lives possible. Brown was a black woman from Chicago who was denied medical care because she couldn’t afford it. It was her life’s mission to make sure no family ever felt the same sense of disrespect and abandonment. When she moved to Seattle in 1963, she vowed to help make health care available to all, and she advocated for and worked to find funding for a community clinic. In 1970, a clinic was erected in Seattle’s Central District to bring to life her … [Read more...] about A welcome expansion of Seattle’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, a health-care model that embraces the whole child