Important Health Care News

October 9, 2013
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For over a year now, the MPTF Board and the Leadership Team have been discussing how we can continue to provide the highest quality of health care to our industry members in light of the many challenges we will be confronted with in the post-Affordable Care Act world. The entire structure of the health...

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MPTF Leads Healthcare Dialogue

June 11, 2013
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Since MPTF is providing primary healthcare annually to 60,000 industry members and their families, along with ancillary services like radiology, laboratory, outpatient surgery, and physical therapy, we find ourselves in the maelstrom of change being driven by the Affordable Care Act and other major structural dynamics in the healthcare industry. Like others in the...

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Honoring the “Wisdom of the Ages”

May 15, 2013
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Larry Minnix, CEO of LeadingAge, a not-for-profit aging services organization, reminded me in an email last week that May is Older Americans month. Before you say “Geez, they’ve got a month for everything now!” let me say “no disagreement here,” but that doesn’t mean that we can’t or shouldn’t create a special moment out...

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Health Myths vs. Fact

April 24, 2013
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You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day to be healthy.  Just don’t swim after eating, as you may mysteriously drown… even in the shallow water.  While you are at it, cover your head, because 3/4 of the heat escapes that way, and if you get too cold, you may catch a...

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VA Benefit Breakthrough

April 2, 2013
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The two big conversations among non-profit leaders these days are around accountability (how was your money spent?) and performance or impact (what did that spending achieve?).  Some areas of MPTF’s charitable activities are easier to measure than others:  we know how much charitable financial assistance was given out in any given month, who it...

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Poker Medicine

March 26, 2013
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I was sitting across from a large man, covered with tattoos, wearing a Stetson, a bolo tie and reflector sunglasses.  He was breathing slowly, his face barely moving.  Clearly he was not going to help me with my quandary.   I looked at my pocket cards and I was holding a pair of jacks.  When...

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