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

The Pains of the FDA: Agency Under Scrutiny for Approving Prescription Painkiller
Healthcare / Politics

The Pains of the FDA: Agency Under Scrutiny for Approving Prescription Painkiller

Established in 1906, the Food and Drug Administration’s job is to ensure the protection and promotion of public health.  The FDA’s heavily invested power over product regulation comes with an even greater responsibility to safely serve the public.  The FDA is under fire for underplaying that responsibility by approving the painkiller Zohydro, which is a pill containing … Continue reading

Your Health: CVS Health’s Expansion in the Health Care Marketplace
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare

Your Health: CVS Health’s Expansion in the Health Care Marketplace

Recently CVS Health has entered partnerships with 41 different health systems that will connect their minute clinics with the electronic medical records of said health systems. The most recent of these agreements is with MedStar Health, an expansive and high quality medical system centered around the Baltimore and D.C. areas. This agreement between MedStar and … Continue reading