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Selections from What’s Trending This Week — June 12, 2015

supreme court1. COVERAGE: King v. Burwell Decision Could Bring Devastating Changes to CHCs

The nation’s 1,200 federally qualified community health centers would be hit hard by a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month eliminating premium subsidies for people buying coverage through the federal insurance exchanges in up to 37 states. Given the shortage of primary-care physicians, community health centers have been key primary-care providers for Americans who have received expanded private and Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

A sudden spike in uninsured patients could force many clinics to cut back or delay healthcare services. “From a financial standpoint it could be devastating to us,” said Kay Crane, CEO of Piedmont Access to Health Services, a community health center in south central Virginia. To read more, click here.


heart disease women2. COMMENTARY: Dr. Khan on Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Although heart disease is often perceived as a health condition affecting men, it is also the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Approximately one-quarter of all deaths in women are due to heart disease. One in nine women develops heart disease symptoms between the ages of 45 and 64, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. After age 65, the ratio rises to one in three women.

To read more on Risk Factors for Heart Disease in Women, check out this commentary by Basim Khan, MD, MPA, Executive Director and Medical Director of Neighborhood Health.


internet search3. CONFIDENTIALITY: Who Sees Your Medical Search History?

In this day and age, finding the answers to questions about your health has become a quicker, easier, and (somewhat) reliable process with the help of the Internet search engine. But, when searches are conducted for possible symptoms of a disease or ailment online, little is known about who else may be privy to the search information and data.

While a patient can ask any question and have it be covered under doctor-patient confidentiality when at the doctor’s office, those same expectations of privacy are eroded when online searches are involved. In many cases, there is search tracking going on by data brokers, whose goal is to collect and sell information about individuals to whoever wants to buy it. To read on, click here.