Idea #10

A medical help line for persons covered by Medicare and Medicaid

Some private health insurance companies provide an 800 number that participants can call to speak to a nurse about a medical problem. For some medical problems, the nurse can provide the necessary advice, and a visit to a physician or emergency room is avoided. For matters that the nurse cannot resolve over the phone, the nurse can direct the participant to the proper resource for treatment.

Private insurance companies must find a medical help lines cost-effective, or they would not provide them.

To contain costs and support better outcomes, Medicare and Medicaid may wish to experiment with providing a medical help line.

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Glen Homan joined WikiIdea in December 2013 and has posted 14 ideas so far.

Glen Homan is an experienced entrepreneur. He founded PaperCardShop.com, a retail ecommerce site offering a curated collection of fine greeting cards. Homan has a patent on technology that empowers online shoppers to browse greeting cards 5x faster than in stores or at websites without the technology. Earlier, Homan bought a nearly bankrupt chain of galleries selling prints, posters and custom framing. He turned the company around, expanded, and sold it to a public company. A Harvard MBA, Homan is the co-founder of WikiIdea.