The first few weeks of September have brought more chapters in the story of Congress’s consideration of how to fix problems with aspects of the American health care system including what, if anything, should come after the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Separating truth from myth can be tricky in health care. Dr. Aaron Carroll is known for giving straight answers that sometimes contradict myths about complicated health care topics. Carroll will appear at The Alliance Annual Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, to talk about breaking the myths in health care that impact employer health benefit plans.
The recent terminal illness and death of a friend has me thinking about the encounters most of us will have with the health care system at the end of life.
“Having access to your medical visit notes is the most important piece of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). And it is often the most overlooked piece,” said Dr. Catherine DesRoches, executive director of OpenNotes®, which helps patients gain electronic access to their own medical records.
“Studies show that when patients understand actual risks and benefits of treatment, overtreatment and costs are reduced while patient satisfaction is increased,” said Dr. Andy Lazris, a board certified physician in Internal Medicine.
Some critics of the OpenNotes® movement feel that reading doctors’ full notes about health care encounters could be TMI (Too Much Information). But OpenNotes is gradually silencing its critics by proving that offering more information is a positive way to get patients involved in their care.