Archive | March, 2013

Biediger on Medicaid Expansion: “Take it and do some good”

Mike Biediger, LMC President & CEO

Mike Biediger, LMC President & CEO

Below is an article published by the Greater Lexington Chamber and Visitors Center on Medicaid Expansion about a speech LMC President and CEO Mike Biediger gave to their organization this month. Lexington Medical Center believes Medicaid Expansion is the right thing to do for South Carolina.

Lexington Medical Center CEO Mike Biediger made his case for South Carolina accepting Medicaid Expansion through the Affordable Care Act Tuesday at the Chamber’s March breakfast meeting.

“The main argument is the economic impact on the state of South Carolina,” Biediger told about 145 members. “We can take it and do some good, or we can leave it on the table and we still have to pay the taxes.”

While accepting the expansion does mean money for health care providers, it also translates into more jobs. Most of those jobs will support the health care industry, Biediger said. He compared it to the smaller automotive businesses that opened to serve BMW when it built its North American headquarters in the upstate.

Rejecting the expansion could harm the state’s economic future, he warned. “If North Carolina and Georgia accept it and South Carolina doesn’t, industry will see that our health care costs are higher. If we accept it, it will make South Carolina competitive.”

Biediger presented financial figures that showed LMC would lose close to $80 million in Medicare reimbursement and Medicaid and Medicare Disproportionate Share Funds from 2014 through 2020, regardless of whether the state accepts the expansion. If South Carolina accepts the expansion, LMC could see $176 million from 2014 through 2020. As well, 300,000-400,000 more South Carolinians would have health coverage. And, an estimated 44,000 jobs would be created, according to a study from the University of South Carolina. Most of the state’s uninsured aren’t lazy stereotypes, but people working two low-income jobs, neither of which provide health insurance, Biediger pointed out.

“Obamacare is the law of the land,” he said, and likened accepting federal funds for medical care to accepting federal funds to repair roads and bridges. “We would accept that money.”

Prevent Colon Cancer with Proper Screening

Did you know that colon cancer — the second leading cause of cancer deaths — can be prevented with proper screening called a colonoscopy? Below is a segment from WLTX, the CBS affiliate TV station in Columbia, about colon cancer, featuring gastroenterologist Dr. March Seabrook where he talks about that. We hope to see you at our Colon Cancer Challenge on March 23, benefitting colonoscopies for people who are uninsured or underinsured.

WLTX 03-07-2013 12.24.00 from Lexington Medical Center on Vimeo.

CCC 2013 eblast

Colon Cancer: Get Behind It!

Ready to Start 2Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Each year, more than 2,000 South Carolinians are diagnosed with colon cancer and 800 die from the disease. But it’s also one of the most preventable forms of cancer – and treatable when detected early. Unfortunately, not everyone receives proper screening.

That’s why Lexington Medical Center will host its fourth annual Colon Cancer Challenge on Saturday, March 23, 2013. The event features bike rides and an 8K run to raise awareness and funds for colon cancer screening. Proceeds from the bike ride will pay for colonoscopies for patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Hundreds of people are expected to participate.

The Colon Cancer Challenge is set for March 23, 2013. The one-day bicycling event will feature 65, 50 and 26 mile bike rides. There will also be an 8K run. Everything begins and ends at Dutch Fork High School, located at 1400 Old Tamah Road in Irmo. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers in the 8K.

Bike Rides: Early registration: $35. After March 11, $40. Day of: $45.
8K: Early registration: $25. After March 11: $30. Day of: $35.

New this year: Participants in the 8K are encouraged to wear a pair of creatively designed boxer shorts over their bike or running clothes. There will be prizes for the best boxers.

The 65 and 50 mile rides begin at 8:00 a.m; the 26-mile ride at 8:30 a.m.; 8K race boxer shorts modeling starts at 8:40 a.m. and the 8K run starts at 9:00 a.m. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. Learn more and register at www.LMCColonCancerChallenge.com.

Here are some colon cancer facts from the American College of Gastroenterology:• Colon cancer is the only form of cancer that is preventable.
• The best way to screen for colon cancer is a colonoscopy, which is an examination of the large intestine using a lighted tube.
• Colonnoscopy is among the most powerful tools in clinical medicine, because of its excellent potential to identify and permit removal of polyps before they turn into cancer.
• In general, doctors recommend that people undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years beginning at age 50. African-Americans should begin screening at age 45.
• Early detection and intervention can reduce mortality from colon cancer by up to 90%.