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February 2014

California Hospitals – A Comparison of the Top 3 (INFOGRAPHIC) Alyssa Chan

February 20th, 2014 | 0

California HospitalsWe recently decided to take a deep look at three of the largest and arguably most renown California Hospitals  — UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco, Stanford Hospital in Stanford and El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Continuing with our infographic trend, we have simplified some key facts using the comparison tool on medicare.gov. Surveys were taken for patients’ experience at each California hospital as results are also mapped against the California average for all reporting hospitals and the National average for all reporting hospitals.

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Margaret Wilmer of El Camino Hospital, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Alyssa Chan

February 18th, 2014 | 1

Margaret Wilmer - El Camino HospitalThis month’s Health Care Trailblazer, Margaret Wilmer, is an influential leader and the new Director of Community Health and Older Adult Services at El Camino Hospital located in Mountain View, California. Her previous work has included a position at On Lok Lifeways focusing on the aging population. Her early influence and passion for the senior care industry along with her taking on a wide range of health care positions has made her a perfect candidate for our OpenPlacement Health Care Trailblazer feature interview. I was fortunate enough to track her down for a phone interview recently and here is what she had to say:

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Why Low Income Seniors Fail to Get Help Paying for Health Care Trudy Lieberman

February 12th, 2014 | 3

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A couple weeks ago, the Medicare Rights Center, a well-known New York-based advocacy group, released a report card showing how well seniors are faring with Medicare. The report is a good barometer of the troubles beneficiaries face when navigating Medicare’s very complicated system for getting health care.

One particularly compelling finding popped out: 21 percent of the 14,000 callers to the Center’s national help line in 2012 had trouble covering the cost sharing that Medicare requires. This means that almost a fourth of seniors struggle with paying the deductibles for Part B – doctor and outpatient services – and for Part D, the drug benefit. 

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