Going Viral: The Re-Emergence of Preventable Diseases
Politics

Going Viral: The Re-Emergence of Preventable Diseases

John Snow is viewed by many as a pioneer in disease mapping. He was a founding member of the London Epidemiological Society, one of the first professional organizations devoted to the field of epidemiology.  For the 1854 cholera outbreak in London’s Broad Street region, he presented a map of disease outbreaks around the Broad Street Pump to … Continue reading

America’s Employment Status: Where are the Hours Going?
Affordable Care Act / Economy

America’s Employment Status: Where are the Hours Going?

When asked about how an industry is recovering from a recession, you would probably point to wages or the number of newly hired employees. Would you think to look at the number of hours employees are working? The average weekly hours across industries has varied widely since the Great Recession. Let’s first look at the … Continue reading

Is Telemedicine Going to Help Curb Health Care Costs?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Home Health Services / Politics

Is Telemedicine Going to Help Curb Health Care Costs?

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), everyone has been holding their breath in anticipation of seeing its effects. In an attempt to curb health care costs by diluting the risk pool, the ACA has mandated that individuals get insurance or pay a fine. It is true that millions are more insured due … Continue reading

Smooth Sailing from Here On Out, Right?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

Smooth Sailing from Here On Out, Right?

This past Saturday (November 15, 2014) marked the beginning of the open enrollment period for 2015 Affordable Care Act plans. All indications are that this year’s enrollment period is functioning much smoother than last year’s, which is good for the administration. The national website has functioned much better than last year and a majority of … Continue reading

King v. Burwell: Political Consequences
Politics

King v. Burwell: Political Consequences

Last Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in King v. Burwell. Although it was a relist from last week’s conference—increasing the odds of granting certiorari to 49%–the quickness of the announcement caught many by surprise. Following the Court’s announcement, legal experts have expressed disagreement over the merits of the case: both proponents and detractors of … Continue reading

California’s Proposition 45: Why it Failed and Its Indictment on the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / healthcare premiums / Politics

California’s Proposition 45: Why it Failed and Its Indictment on the Affordable Care Act

Tuesday (November 4) was a big day for the Republican Party, gaining seven seats in the Senate giving them control of both chambers of Congress. In all of the excitement about the momentum change in federal politics, there was a proposition being voted on in California that went relatively unnoticed when it should not have. … Continue reading