People LOVE to say, "Oh she is living with HIV." Correction: HIV is living with me. If I were living with HIV, I would live my life by HIV's terms — and I simply cannot do that. I am a Taurus, a bull, so I am stubborn. I am no different when it comes to my diagnosis. What do I mean when I say that HIV is living with me? HIV is like my roommate. We share an apartment, but I have the master suite. Basically, I have chosen to take control of my virus and live every day to the fullest.
Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide signed up nearly 4.9 million new customers for 2016 coverage during the third Open Enrollment period. In total, about 12.7 million people signed up or automatically renewed their plans for 2016 coverage, of which about 40 percent were new customers. In Missouri, approximately 116,000 were new customers to the Marketplace.
Breastfeeding provides for the baby the way nature intended. Through mother’s milk, women are uniquely equipped to give all the fluids, immunity, vitamins (except vitamin D) and nutrients their babies need.
Of all the public health messages that have been spread across the country, I hope by now the majority of people acknowledge that HIV infection is not just a “gay white man’s disease.” The nonchalant attitude of the ‘80’s was clearly a misinformed belief that HIV was not in every sexual community but only in those of men who have sex with men. Heterosexual individuals felt immune to the risks at that time until that infamous November day in 1991 when Magic Johnson announced that he was HIV positive. I honestly believe that for most people his announcement made HIV more realistic and closer to home.
Indicators paint an unhealthy picture in portions of Missouri when determining the most health counties in the Show Me State, particularly in the southeast. According to County Health Rankings data released March 16 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), St. Charles County ranks healthiest in Missouri, and Pemiscot County in the Bootheel is the least healthy county in the state.
It is expected to take about a year, and when it is complete, a $6 million child and adolescent health complex will spring up as part of Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers on Delmar Blvd. in St. Louis. The center will be constructed east of the Social Security Administration Center on property owned by the health center at 5647 Delmar Blvd.
U.S. healthcare is in a phase of extreme complexity. Birthed as a result of skyrocketing healthcare costs, reimbursement (payment) reform is the driving force behind the wave of changes taking place. While healthcare services in this country continue to be paid for primarily in a fee-for-service manner – the more one does the more one gets paid – both government-based insurance (Medicare) and commercial insurance companies alike are gradually implementing variations in the way they reimburse healthcare providers for medical services. Examples include quality and outcome-related bonuses; performance-based payment modifiers; shared cost savings agreements, such as the formation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs); population-specific pre-payments; and financial penalties for non-compliance. Small, independent medical practices are finding themselves unable to comply with the myriad of new payer regulations and requirements due to the lack of manpower, resources, and time. However, even large healthcare systems are not immune to the challenges that come along with reimbursement reform, particularly on the primary care side, and being equipped for the years ahead is a proving to be difficult for all. In order to maintain favorable profits, both small medical practices and large healthcare systems are navigating this current by choosing one of three common pathways:
At the Homer G. Phillips clinic location at 2425 Whittier Street, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Xi Zeta Chapter, and the Zeta Charitable Foundation of Saint Louis, Incorporated, opened the Storks Nest on February 19 at the Myrtle Hilliard Comprehensive Health Center.
If you could shave a year off undergraduate school on your way to becoming a pharmacist, it would be a sound investment of time and tuition, right? That is what the leadership at Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) and St. Louis College of Pharmacy created for undergraduate students at HSSU. The new program also gets more underrepresented students into high-paying pharmacy careers.