How Will the IMPACT Act Impact Hospice Care?
Aging / Healthcare / Politics

How Will the IMPACT Act Impact Hospice Care?

President Obama signed the IMPACT Act into law on October 6. The law had overwhelming bipartisan support and will bring increased federal oversight to hospice programs across the country.  The legislation mainly addresses how nursing homes, rehab-centers, and home health agencies assess and report data on quality and other measures. However, buried in the new law … Continue reading

NPs, PAs, and MDs, Oh My!
Healthcare

NPs, PAs, and MDs, Oh My!

The individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act requires nearly all individuals to purchase health insurance. Subsequently, the issue of adequate provider supply comes into question. This is because it is believed that when more individuals have health insurance it is more likely that we will see more individuals using health care services. This is … Continue reading

The Rise of Narrow Networks: Is Your Doc Covered?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare

The Rise of Narrow Networks: Is Your Doc Covered?

A great fear in delivering universal health coverage is that our system would adopt the more limited access to care that other countries currently experience. While addressing many issues that previously prevented individuals from gaining coverage in the past, the Affordable Care Act fails to lay adequate standards for coverage once people become insured. As … Continue reading

Obamacare Cost Cutting: Rumor or Reality?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Medicare / Politics

Obamacare Cost Cutting: Rumor or Reality?

Over the past 50 years, healthcare costs have risen to unprecedented levels.  With expenses approaching 18% GDP, the federal government thought it necessary to intervene.  The hope was and is that the growth of healthcare costs can be curbed and that, in doing so, federal expenditures on Medicare would decrease and contribute less to the … Continue reading