Surprise…Out-of-Network Billing
Healthcare

Surprise…Out-of-Network Billing

INTRODUCTION According to a 2018 Amerispeak survey, 57 percent of participants received a “surprise” medical bill that they expected their insurance would pay. The results of this survey mirror a larger trend across the US populous: surprise medical billing is an all-too-prevalent phenomenon. These unanticipated costs often occur as a result of out-of-network charges. When … Continue reading

A Call for Social Determinants
Healthcare / Medicare / Politics

A Call for Social Determinants

It is common knowledge that the United States spends substantially more money on health care than other developed nations, yet it is by no means the healthiest country. Health care accounts for one-sixth of United States’ gross domestic product (GDP), but morbidity continues to rise. Two out of three American adults are obese, one-third of American adults have high blood pressure, and diabetes prevalence is … Continue reading

Price Transparency: An Exacerbation or Solution to the Mounting Cost of Health Care?
Healthcare / Politics

Price Transparency: An Exacerbation or Solution to the Mounting Cost of Health Care?

On Wednesday, June 27, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing to discuss the rising cost of health care in the U.S. Several panelists mentioned increasing price transparency as a potential solution to the growing issue. The disclosure of health care prices is by no means a new … Continue reading

Cabell County and More: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
America / Culture / Healthcare / Politics

Cabell County and More: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

Rates of opioid addiction in the United States have continued to increase leading to the destruction of families, a decline in labor participation, and rising healthcare costs. Out of all the drug overdose deaths in 2015, 63.1% involved an opioid. This problem has been appropriately called an epidemic and its consequences and widespread effect have … Continue reading

VBP Has the Chance to Become the MVP
America / Economy / Healthcare / Medicaid / Medicare / U.S. Domestic Policy

VBP Has the Chance to Become the MVP

America has a drug problem that goes well beyond opiates and abuse. Pharmaceutical drug prices have skyrocketed in the last decade and fueled an overall increase in health care costs and spending[1]. The top ten most prescribed medications have all risen more than 50% since 2011, with four out of ten having doubled in cost. … Continue reading

Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Medicaid / Politics

Implementing a Value-Based Healthcare System

Overview As the cost of healthcare rises, the government is pouring money into the current health insurance system to find a way to counteract this rise, and lower costs for patients. Progressive Democrats propose expanding upon the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and implementing a single payer system. The key issue with a single payer system … Continue reading

Breaking Down the Single Payer System
Economy / Healthcare / Politics

Breaking Down the Single Payer System

Overview Late June, legislation that would transform California’s health care system to a single-payer system was brought to a halt by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, despite approval in the state Senate and loud public support. Single-payer health insurance eliminates the numerous private and government health insurers and replaces them with a single public organization that … Continue reading