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

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

Demand Greater than Supply; Medicaid Expansion of Mental Health Services
Healthcare / Medicaid / Politics

Demand Greater than Supply; Medicaid Expansion of Mental Health Services

The Affordable Care Act is attempting to bridge the health disparity gap in mental health services of millions of people who were previously uninsured or whose policies did not include mental health coverage before. However, as millions of Americans now gain health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion, the reality of the difficulties … Continue reading