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Health Care

West Central Behavioral Health Faces Reimbursement Reform

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lebanon — West Central Behavioral Health, a community mental health center serving 3,500 New Hampshire residents in the Upper Valley, has begun collecting set monthly per patient fees to care for some patients covered by the state’s Medicaid program. A release from West Central characterized the deal as part of “an historic shift in health care reimbursement.” Payment reform, as it is sometimes referred to, aims to cut costs, focus …

Advocates Help With Health Care

Monday, November 24, 2014

Good news for Upper Valley consumers shopping during the open enrollment period that began Nov. 15 for health insurance coverage required by the Affordable Care Act: It appears that help is readily available. Consider navigator Sandy Singer of Capstone Community Action in Randolph. During last year’s enrollment, she worked with hundreds of people who needed help finding insurance. Most chose to get covered, …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

D-H CEO Named to Leaders List Lebanon — Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of the top 100 physician leaders of hospitals and health systems in the United States. The national list highlights the achievements of hospital CEOs with a medical …

To Your Good Health: Nutrition Has a Place in Preventing Disease

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you were asked what actions the writer could take, such as diet or medication, to maintain kidney function. I was disappointed to see that your response contained only advice regarding medications. I suppose I should not be surprised, given that the …

Consumer Confidential: CVS Program Isn’t Rewarding for Customers

Sunday, November 23, 2014

If companies want to reward customer loyalty, offer a real reward. Don’t make a nifty-sounding promise and then renege when the customer tries to cash in. Airlines are notorious for moving the goal posts. United, for example, announced in June that it would follow Delta in switching to …

Living Under The Cloud of Ebola Virus

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Hanover — Even though Liberian activist Patrice Juah has never contracted Ebola, her nationality — and her skin color — have marked her for prejudice. A few days ago, at an African arts conference in Morocco, Juah ventured …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 16, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Valley Regional Offers Free Info Session on Health Insurance O ptions Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital has announced that, beginning in January, it will be included in the following networks through the New Hampshire Health Insurance Marketplace: Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield; Assurant Health; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; and …

To Your Good Health: A Rare Case of Too Much Vitamin D

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 86-year-old woman with three doctors battling over my vitamin D level for many years. I am 59 inches tall and weigh 95 pounds. I play nine holes of golf three times a …

Affordable Care Act Drives Participation With Incentives and Penalties

Sunday, November 16, 2014

White River Junction — Last year’s launch of federally mandated marketplaces for individual health insurance policies came with measures designed to persuade consumers to stream through those new digital doorways to buy coverage from the insurance companies. And stream they did. About 8 million Americans signed up for …

‘Obamacare’ Enrollment Opens Today

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today, as the 2015 open enrollment period for health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act begins, the websites where thousands of residents of the Twin States will shop for coverage will face new tests. The websites are often where consumers first directly engage the reality of health …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 9, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Employee of the Month Named At Mt. Ascutney Hospital Windsor — Melissa Hale has been named Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center employee of the month for October. A member of the human resources staff, Hale specializes in …

To Your Good Health: Cancer Patients Need to Be Wary of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently read that eight out of 10 cancer patients have malnutrition. My question is: Even if a person is very slim to begin with, if he or she follows an extremely healthful diet (i.e. lots of greens, other vegetables and fruit, and no “junk” …

Fletcher Allen Health Care Getting New Name: UVM Medical Center

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Montpelier — Vermont’s largest hospital is getting a new name designed to reflect its affiliation with the University of Vermont’s medical school. Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington will become the University of Vermont Medical Center, beginning Wednesday. Parent organization, Fletcher Allen Partners, will become known as The …