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Will Healthcare Reform Slash Community Benefits?

By Andjela Cirko Published March 26, 2017

With a new era of healthcare reform on the rise, it is possible that community health needs could be pushed aside. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires nonprofit hospitals to assess, as part of their tax exemption status, local community health needs and create implementation plans to address them.

Food Stamps are Fueling the Sugar Industry

By Andjela Cirko Published February 24, 2017

23 million American households receive SNAP benefits. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which oversees SNAP, a large food stamp program, recently released a report that allows individuals to see what SNAP households are purchasing. The report indicates that SNAP households spend 5% of their food budget on soft drinks, and almost 10% on "sweetened beverages," such as sodas and fruit juices.

Another Crisis in Flint, Michigan

By Andjela Cirko Published October 27, 2016

The town of Flint, Michigan, is now dealing with another health concern- shigellosis. The bacterial disease causes bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever. With a bacteria that spreads rapidly and is highly contagious, and residents are hesitant to trust their governments, addressing this crisis will pose yet another monumental challenge for the people of Flint.

Do Online Reviews Provide a Clearer Picture of Patient Satisfaction?

By Andjela Cirko Published September 29, 2016

Hospitals and insurance carriers care about patient satisfaction surveys because insurance payments can be influenced not only by patient health outcomes, but by how they rate their care as well.

The Costs of Patient-Led Initiatives on Diabetes Care

By Andjela Cirko Published April 3, 2016

Patients are taking more control over their diabetes care, creating new technologies and and even trying to make insulin at home. What does this mean for their privacy and the quality of their healthcare?