Healthcare http://wesa.fm en Can Denying Hearing Loss Affect Your Job? http://wesa.fm/post/can-denying-hearing-loss-affect-your-job <p>A new research survey by <a href="http://www.epichearing.com/">EPIC Hearing Healthcare</a> finds that 30 percent of U.S. employees suspect they have hearing loss, but have not sought treatment.</p><p>Of those, almost 95 percent say it impacts them on the job yet many go out of their way to hide their hearing loss for fear of losing their job.</p><p>Pittsburgh audiologist, Dr. Suzanne Yoder says preconceived notions about hearing loss is what hinders most people from getting the help they need.</p><p>“Hearing loss unfortunately has that bad reputation where people feel like if they admit they have a hearing problem, they’re going to be seen as being old, which is something that they don’t want. Or, they’ll be seen as less capable, that their employer will think less of them, or treat them differently, maybe not give them that promotion. The sad thing is, it’s actually the reverse. You treat your hearing loss and you deal with the issues, you’re more likely to earn a better living. There’s research to back that up, that shows there’s a loss of salary for those with untreated hearing loss. It’s extremely important to go out and start dealing with it and not bluffing your way through conversations. The reality is, when you bluff, when you pretend, you end up looking worse.” Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:22:03 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33222 at http://wesa.fm Can Denying Hearing Loss Affect Your Job? Number Of Pre-Baccalaureate Workers Expected To Rise In Healthcare Industry http://wesa.fm/post/number-pre-baccalaureate-workers-expected-rise-healthcare-industry <p>Workers with an Associate’s degree or less make up more than half of the total healthcare workforce in the U.S., according to <a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2014/healthcare-workers/#/M10420">a report released today</a> by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, and those numbers are expected to climb.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:43:47 +0000 Michael Lynch 33107 at http://wesa.fm Study: PA Per-Inmate Health Care Cost Down, State Bill Up http://wesa.fm/post/study-pa-inmate-health-care-cost-down-state-bill <p>When most Pennsylvanians are incarcerated, the Department of Corrections must foot the bill for their health care costs.</p><p>That’s according to Susan Bensinger, Deputy Press Secretary, who said the department works to pay that bill in a way that provides community-standard care for the inmates while utilizing taxpayer money in the most efficient way possible.</p><p>A study released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation suggests that the department has been successful in that mission.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:37:56 +0000 Jessica Nath 32323 at http://wesa.fm Medical Professionals from Around the World Discuss Efficiencies in Health Care Systems http://wesa.fm/post/medical-professionals-around-world-discuss-efficiencies-health-care-systems <p>Health care costs continue to rise in the US and part of the reason is inefficiencies throughout the system. That’s according to Everette James, J.D., M.D., director of the Pitt Health Policy Institute and former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. One of the main topics of discussion at the “All Together Better Health VII” Conference in Pittsburgh is how to increase efficiencies in health care.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:43:34 +0000 Deanna Garcia 30501 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey on Looming Government Shutdown http://wesa.fm/post/sen-casey-looming-government-shutdown <p>In the early hours of Sunday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would continue to fund the federal government.</p><p>Essentially this bill does three things: it temporarily keeps government operations funded through the middle of December, delays the affordable care act for a year and it repeals a tax on medical devices as part of the health care law. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:33:02 +0000 Katie Martin 17382 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Casey on Looming Government Shutdown Public Forum: Addressing Your Questions On the Affordable Care Act http://wesa.fm/post/public-forum-addressing-your-questions-affordable-care-act <p>On Tuesday October 1st the health insurance exchange, a key part of the Affordable Care Act, opens for enrollment. While the various insurance plans and stipulations can be confusing, there are many <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/what-know-affordable-care-act-resources-and-information">resources</a> available to offer assistance.</p><p>On Thursday September 26th, representatives from various health access groups came together at the Community Broadcast Center to talk about how the new healthcare &amp; insurance plans will affect individuals and businesses. Listen to an edited broadcast of the forum on Tuesday October 1 at noon and 8pm on 90.5 WESA. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 22:05:58 +0000 Heather McClain 17280 at http://wesa.fm Public Forum: Addressing Your Questions On the Affordable Care Act Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment http://wesa.fm/post/reclassification-obesity-disease-prompts-questions-about-treatment <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On Tuesday, the <a href="http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/public-health/general-resources-health-care-professionals/roadmaps-clinical-practice-series/assessment-management-adult-obesity.page">American Medical Association</a> officially re-classified obesity <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2013/06/18/ama-backs-disease-classification-for-obesity/">as a disease</a>. Experts are now saying this <a href="http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/806566">recognition</a> will enable doctors to better treat the 1 in 3 Americans who struggle with obesity. It is hoped health plans will create more products to help patients manage their weight and broaden the coverage for those in need. <strong><a href="http://www.dept-med.pitt.edu/dgim/faculty_info.aspx?fp=5933">Dr. Esa Davis</a></strong>, a practicing physician with <a href="http://www.upmc.com/.../default.aspx?vcat...2379e134e347%7CWeight+Loss">UPMC</a>, joins us to discuss the changes this re-classification will bring to the healthcare system.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:24:08 +0000 Katherine Blackley 11881 at http://wesa.fm Reclassification of Obesity as Disease Prompts Questions about Treatment National Healthcare Decision Day http://wesa.fm/post/national-healthcare-decision-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The only sure things in life are death and taxes. Now that tax day has passed its time to consider advance care planning and health care decisions. We'll begin the dialogue with <strong>Nancy Zionts</strong>, chief operating officer and chief program officer for the <a href="http://www.jhf.org/">Jewish Healthcare Foundation</a>. Have you mapped out your end of life plans? How do you talk about it with your loved ones?</p><p>Visit <a href="http://closure.org/">Closure.org</a> for information<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;about Living Wills</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:30:00 +0000 Heather McClain 7986 at http://wesa.fm National Healthcare Decision Day