And a Side Order of Health and Wellness?

  Since 2014, some restaurants in cities across the country have been adding a surcharge to patrons' bills: a healthcare or health and wellness charge.  Restaurants in Los Angeles in 2014 began adding a 3% healthcare surcharge, to draw patrons' attention to the rising costs of employee healthcare.  Unfortunately, not all monies in San Francisco were making it to employees'... Read More

Spot Skin Cancer Early

  Well, check you out! No, seriously. Take a look at your skin. Check it. All of it. See anything unusual? Any new spots? Any moles that look different than you remember? Knowing how your skin normally looks is the first step to spotting a potential problem. And that’s a good thing. Skin cancer is highly treatable when caught early, according to... Read More

Prior Authorization Debacle

The Death of Yarushka Rivera: Prior Authorization Run Amok   Bureaucracy claimed a 19-year-old victim in October 2009 and her case is still being litigated today.  The suddenly required prior authorization for Yarushka Rivera’s necessary-to-live Topomax defied common sense.  Caught between an unaffordable $400 out-of-pocket cost, unresponsive prescribing physician’s office, and lip service from the pharmacy, Rivera suffered a fatal... Read More

April Health Observance: Alcohol Awareness Month

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, Potomac encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much. Every day, 29 people die due to alcohol-impaired motor vehicle accidents (NHTSA). If you are drinking too much, you... Read More

March Health Observance: Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no... Read More

Why Does the US Spend So Much More Than Other Nations on Health Care?

Answer: “It’s the prices, stupid,” which is the title of a 2003 paper in Health Affairs by Princeton University health economist Uwe Reinhardt.  This 2003 study found that “people in the United States typically use about the same amount of health care as people in other wealthy countries do, but pay a lot more for it.” From 1996-2013, American personal... Read More