What we're reading, October 28, 2015: Ben Carson plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare; a homeless shelter utilizes telemedicine to alleviate emergency department visits; and researchers uncover gender gap in post-heart attack treatment.
Ben Carson’s Radical Health Reform Plan
Presidential candidate Ben Carson is now leading the polls for the Republican presidential nomination, and he has a very disruptive plan to reform healthcare in the United States. The New York Times’ The Upshot has outlined Carson’s plan, which replaces Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act with a “universal, cradle-to-grave annual cash allowance for health spending.”
Homeless Shelter Uses Telemedicine to Cut ED Visits
Using telemedicine consults in a homeless shelter has reduced emergency department visits and calls to 911. Several of the guests at the homeless shelter had been using the emergency department for primary care visits, but the program, which includes consults 2 days a week, alleviates that utilization, reported HealthData Management.
Research Finds Gender Gap in Post-Heart Attack Treatment
A new study has uncovered a gender gap in medication use post-heart attack. While 75% of men younger than the age of 55 had started cardioprotective treatment after a heart attack, only 65% of women in the same age group received the same treatment, according to researchers.