Graduate Medical Education: Yes, That’s Subsidized Too
Healthcare

Graduate Medical Education: Yes, That’s Subsidized Too

In light of several media reports detailing grim projections of physician shortages, it is startling that just 35 years ago, the Graduate Medical Education National Advisory Committee (GMENAC) published a report that included over 100 recommendations to reduce the growing surplus of physicians. Unlike between 1970 and 1990 however, the U.S. is now experiencing a deficit in physicians, or … Continue reading

The ACA Era of Mergers and Acquisitions
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

The ACA Era of Mergers and Acquisitions

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of March 2010 spurred many changes in the U.S. health care marketplace. The regulation intended to encourage optimization of care, increased access, and reduced costs. Interestingly, the private market has had its own economic response to increased regulation – mergers and acquisitions. Evidently, the shifts in the … Continue reading

What You Don’t Know About Physician Assisted Suicide
Healthcare / Other

What You Don’t Know About Physician Assisted Suicide

What would you say a physician does? Chances are, your response would have something to do with healing people who are sick. Would you think about describing doctors as people who readily expedite death for their patients? There are currently three states that have legalized physician assisted suicide (PAS), and there are at least twenty-two … Continue reading

Special Needs Families and the Affordable Care Act
Affordable Care Act / Economy / Education

Special Needs Families and the Affordable Care Act

The Federal Government’s role as a safety net for the vulnerable has been growing steadily since the passage of the New Deal in the wake of the Great Depression, when President Roosevelt introduced such novel concepts as Social Security. Follow-up legislation in the 1960s established Medicare, which continues to help senior citizens remain independent as … Continue reading

Meat Industry Challenged by New DGAC Report
Environmental Regulation / Healthcare / Politics

Meat Industry Challenged by New DGAC Report

Do you love coffee but also love red meat and dessert? If so, there’s good news and bad news. On Thursday, February 19, the Dietary Guideline Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a lengthy 571-page report of suggestions to the Department of Heath and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The report explained … Continue reading

No More Delays for ICD-10, Concerns about Implementation
Healthcare

No More Delays for ICD-10, Concerns about Implementation

The International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) is nearly forty years old and doesn’t reflect modern medicine. It even lacks the capacity to cover new treatments and technology and fails to provide a significant level of detail in diagnoses, the nature and extent of a complication and specificity regarding how a complication is treated. … Continue reading

Employer Wellness Programs: ADA and ACA
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics

Employer Wellness Programs: ADA and ACA

The rising cost of health benefits and prevalence of chronic diseases has increased the significance of employer wellness programs. These programs encourage healthier lifestyles and may help reduce health care costs, with numerous large firms suggesting that the programs save the average employer $3.27 for every dollar spent on them. The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions … Continue reading