Health Update

Family Doctors and Disability [Infographic]

When I’m feeling under the weather or having health problems of any sort, I go to my family practitioner.  She diagnoses me and sends me on my merry way to recovery.  All of her patients rely on her to be at their beckon call when they are sick, injured, or have spent too much time on WebMD. But, what happens when the doctor get’s sick or injured?

In the infographic below, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Insurance discusses the plain–but often overlooked–truth that doctors are people too, and just like the average worker, they have a one-in-three risk of becoming disabled and being out of work for six months or more during his or her career.  Where doctors vary from the average worker is their salary.  Since the average salary of a family doctor is much higher than anything Social Security Disability Insurance would be able to cover, it’s important that family doctors go the extra mile to be sure they are taken care of in the event that they are out of work. 

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Resource Highlight: Addressing the Intimacy Interests of People with Mental Health Conditions

The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Participation and Community Living of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities (TU Collaborative) released Addressing the Intimacy Interests of People with Mental Health Conditions: Acknowledging Consumer Desires, Provider Discomforts, and System Denial (PDF). The monograph reviews current mental health research on the issues raised by individuals with mental health conditions with regard to the barriers they face in developing satisfactory intimate lives, and the uneasiness of most community mental health practitioners in discussing intimacy and sexuality with the people they serve.


House aims to ease hurdles for vets filling disability claims linked to military sexual trauma

WASHINGTON — The House passed legislation Tuesday designed to make it easier for veterans to obtain financial compensation for injuries or illness linked to sexual abuse while in the military.

About 4,000 veterans last year sought compensation from the federal government for post-traumatic stress disorder and other illness connected to military sexual trauma, showing that the problem of sexual abuse in the military has longstanding repercussions for the victims and for taxpayers.

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VA disability claims for sleep apnea skyrocket to over $1.2 billion per year

The Department of Veterans Affairs is reportedly spending over $1.2 billion per year to treat sleep apnea, leading one attorney to call on Congress to investigate. 

The number of veterans and military retirees receiving disability compensation from the VA for sleep apnea has skyrocketed in recent years.

In 2012, the number of veterans and retirees drawing payments for sleep apnea was 114,103, almost double the number the VA reported in 2009 (57,679).

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How Did Work-Life Balance in the U.S. Get So Awful?

By Derek Thompson – The Atlantic  June 3, 2013

The United States is the greatest country in the history of everything, if you just listen to its leaders, and a disgrace among developed countries, if you just read international surveys. Our health care system is famously expensive and inaccessible. Our education system is famously broken. Oh, and our income inequality? It’s just famous.

The OECD Better Life Index, released last week, feeds the American instinct toward both jingoism and self-deprecation. In housing access and family wealth, it concludes that the U.S. really is the best country in the world. But we rank 28th among advanced nations in the category of “work-life balance,” ninth from the bottom.

This raises a thorny question: If we’re so rich, why are we working so hard that we don’t even have time to cherish the fruits of our productivity. 

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U.S. Disability Program To Run Out Of Money By 2016: Government

Posted: 06/03/2013 10:59 am EDT  

America’s disability benefits program was recently thrown into the middle of an ideological battlefield after This American Life, the WBEZ radio show hosted by Ira Glass, portrayed the disability program as a “de-facto welfare program.”

Just a couple of months later, that very program appears dangerously close to becoming insolvent.

The program, which provides nearly 11 million people with disability insurance, is projected to run out of money in the next three years if lawmakers do nothing to shore up its funding, according to officials from the Social Security and Medicare programs. The fund has been paying out more than it brings in since 2009.

The disability insurance program, which is funded by payroll tax contributions from workers and employers, was the focus of a March This American Life episode that controversially portrayed the program as a way for struggling but able-bodied Americans to find some kind of economic security.

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Disability and Public Health in the Media

Volume III  Issue 22

California – Florida – Mass – Michigan – Minn – Penn – NY – Texas: 9 Community-Based Organizations Serving Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Receive ACL Business Development Grants
May 23 Administration for Community Living (ACL)-HHS- announcement.
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Schenectady County, New York – Implementing Chronic Disease Prevention for Persons with Intellectual and Other Developmental Disabilities
National Association of County and City Health Officials tool kit.
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President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition Announces Phase 2 of “I Can Do It, You Can Do It”
May 21 announcement for persons with disabilities.
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Restraint and Seclusion: Personal Stories in a Documentary Film
From Stop Hurting Kids.
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Continuity of Services and Supports in 5 CMS-State Demos for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
May 29 National Senior Citizens Law Center report.
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Virginia: CMS-State Demo for Persons Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
May Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) agreement with Virginia.
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Medicaid Expansion and Persons with Mental Illness
May NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) report.
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Arizona – Florida – Ohio: 3 States Approaches to Medicaid Expansion
May 29 Governing.
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NASUAD May State Medicaid Integration Tracker – Now Available
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Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators – Mental Health
May 23 HHS webinar power points.
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Improving Mental Health Services for Military, Veterans, and Their Families – 3 Federal Agencies Report
Announced May 28 by NIMH – report of DOD-VA-HHS.
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51.2% of Physicians and 80% of Hospitals Implementing Health IT “Meaningful Use”
On May 23, ONC (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology) provided an update on implementation of “meaningful use” (MU) HIT standards. MU are standards where patient and person health is improved through the use of HIT. ONC also announced MU “vanguards” (or champions).
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Unfulfilled Promises of Health Information Technology
May 23 Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) webinar on a January Health Affairs article.
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Minnesota: Affordable Care Act Exchange/Marketplace Implementation
BC/BS of Minnesota – May 7 National Institute on Health Care Management webinar on ACA Exchanges – Race To The Deadline power points.
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