Health and Medicine

Music by the Bedside
8:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Music Program Makes for a Peaceful End of Life

Kate Tamarkin
Credit Cole Geddy/UVA

In western culture, the afterlife is often depicted as a place where angels rest on clouds and harps play soothing music. 

Here in Virginia, some people hear that music even before death.  A program called Music by the Bedside is making for a peaceful passing.

It’s a sunny afternoon in an old Victorian house near downtown Charlottesville, and Kate Tamarkin, conductor of the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra – is using her spare time to play the harp at Hospice of the Piedmont. 

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Living at the End of Life
4:54 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

World Hospice & Palliative Care Day 2013

Saturday, October 12, those involved in the hospice movement celebrate World Hospice Day, a time to talk about comfort and quality of life in a person’s final days. 

Hospice is not a place—it’s not about buildings and bends, but rather attitudes and philosophies.  There are about 120- licensed hospices in Virginia, providing end of life care.

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Law & Crime
6:04 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Crisis Teams Benefit from Medicaid Fraud Settlement

A portion of Virginia's share of a 115-million-dollar Medicaid fraud settlement with Abbott Labs has been divided up among local law enforcement agencies across the Commonwealth. The 4.2 million dollars in funds were presented to local sheriffs and police chiefs Wednesday in Richmond. The funds will support Crisis Intervention Team training to improve the ability to help people with mental health problems.  

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Health Insurance Exchanges
12:36 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

The Affordable Care Act Rolls Out

While Virginia Republicans are demanding a delay of the Affordable Care Act, the White House moved forward with its plan to open up health insurance exchanges today.
 

The political fight in Washington over so-called Obamacare has not delayed the rollout of a signature feature of the law: health exchanges where people can compare prices and tailor insurance plans for their needs. Still, Republicans, like Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, are doing just about all they can to fight its implementation.

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Health & Medicine
5:30 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Navigating the New Health Insurance Marketplace

Enrollment is set to begin October 1st for Virginia’s new health insurance marketplace, which will be operated by the federal government.

The exchange that opens this week is for individuals, while the small business program—known as “SHOP”—will open on November 1st.  But not every plan will be available everywhere in the Commonwealth.

 

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