Affordable Care Act

StudioTulsa
5:09 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

John Silva of Morton Comprehensive: His Health Clinics Can No Longer Accept New Uninsured Patients

Aired on Monday, January 19th.

At the end of 2014, a surprising announcement appeared in the Tulsa World. A subsequent news item expanding on this announcement had the following headline: "Morton Clinics Won't Accept New Uninsured Patients, Citing State Cuts to Funding." Morton Comprehensive Health Services -- with clinics in Tulsa, Nowata, and Bartlesville -- is one of Northeastern Oklahoma's leading providers of health care for uninsured patients.

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StudioTulsa
4:52 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

StudioTulsa on Health: Concerning the "Rural Hospitals in Critical Condition" Series in USA TODAY

Aired on Monday, January 12th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we speak with reporter Laura Ungar of USA TODAY, who's the co-author of an excellent and far-reaching series of articles -- entitled "Rural Hospitals in Critical Condition," and decidedly multi-media in both its execution and presentation -- that have appeared recently in the online and print versions of that newspaper.

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Local & Regional
12:04 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Benefits for Oklahomans Touted on National Rural Health Care Day

It's National Rural Health Care Day.
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On this National Rural Health Care Day, people are being urged to take a look at what specific benefits the Affordable Care Act offers rural areas. U-S Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in an interview with KWGS, said there are initiatives created by the Act to specifically address critical needs in rural communities.

Vilsack says his Department is awarding grants to remote areas, including in Oklahoma, where it is difficult to deliver health care services.

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Local & Regional
11:46 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Oklahoma Moves Ahead with a Health Care Law Challenge

Health Care lawsuits
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and five other states have filed legal papers with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of their challenge against the Affordable Care Act.

Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia are challenging billions of dollars in Internal Revenue Service subsidies being handed out as part of the implementation of the law. The case is scheduled for argument in March.

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StudioTulsa
3:21 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

ST on Health: Meet Dr. Donald Berwick, an Internationally Acclaimed Expert on Improving Health Care

Aired on Tuesday, December 16th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Dr. Donald Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick is also a former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and he has served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as the staffs of Boston's Children's Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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StudioTulsa
2:31 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

StudioTulsa on Health: A Disccusion with Tracy Davenport, a Tulsa-Based "Health Care Coordinator"

Aired on Friday, May 30th.

On this edition of ST on Health, guest host John Schumann speaks with Tracy Davenport, a self-described "health care coordinator" --- basically, this means she's a freelance case manager who works to help patients and/or their families navigate today's ever-more-complicated medical system. It's often about being a good listener and asking lots of questions, says Davenport, who's had many years of experience as a registered nurse.

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StudioTulsa
12:53 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Ziva Branstetter, the Enterprise Editor at the Tulsa World, Addresses the Onging Roll-Out of the ACA

Aired on Monday, November 25th.

Everyone knows, as even President Obama himself has recently admitted, that the arrival of the Affordable Care Act has been, frankly, a disaster. So far, anyway. But what happens next? And more precisely, what happens next in our neck of the woods?

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StudioTulsa
1:57 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

StudioTulsa on Health: "Should Mental Health Be a Primary-Care Doctor's Job?"

Aired on Thursday, October 31st.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks Dr. Suzanne Koven, who practices internal medicine Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and who also writes the "In Practice" column for The Boston Globe. Earlier this month, Dr.

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StudioTulsa
3:57 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

StudioTulsa on Health: Concerning CommunityCare, the Tulsa-Based Medical Insurance Company

Aired on Monday, October 21st.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, guest host John Henning Schumann speaks with Dr. Jack Sommers, chief medical officer for CommunityCare, the Tulsa-based medical insurance firm that's owned and operated by Saint Francis Hospital and St. John Medical Center. (This company began as CommunityCare HMO in 1993; you can read a full history for CommunityCare here.) In an interesting and wide-ranging discussion, Dr.

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StudioTulsa
1:52 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

The Doctor as Legislator, and Vice Versa: StudioTulsa on Health Welcomes Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

Aired on Friday, September 27th.

"The big problem I see in the practice of medicine today is [that] our payment scheme makes it where we violate the first rule of medicine, which is: Listen to your patient and they'll tell you what's wrong. And we don't allow anybody the time to do that anymore." So says our guest on this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican who's been the junior senator from Oklahoma since January of 2005.

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