Certificate of Need Laws: Are They Just a CON?
Healthcare

Certificate of Need Laws: Are They Just a CON?

Certificate of Need (CON) laws were initially put into effect as part of the “Health Planning Resources Development Act” of 1974. The law incentivised states to create CON programs by offering additional funding or withholding Medicare and Medicaid funds from those states that decided not to participate. The act sought to restrain health care facility … 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

ACA Made Easy: Individual Shared Responsibility
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Social Insurance Programs

ACA Made Easy: Individual Shared Responsibility

Since the Individual Mandate statute of the Affordable Care Act was enacted in January 2014, every American is accountable for an Individual Shared Responsibility* payment every year. Meaning, if you do not have health insurance, you will face penalties. While you may not see an actual summons, or pay a fine, the federal government enforces … Continue reading

Telehealth Series: Fighting Rural Health Inequities with Technology
Healthcare

Telehealth Series: Fighting Rural Health Inequities with Technology

In late 2015, Wisconsin became the 12th State to adopt the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC). This program recognizes that medical training is fairly uniform across the states involved, and it provides a quicker path to licensure for physicians looking to practice medicine in Wisconsin. The move for Wisconsin to enact the IMLC also presents a major … Continue reading

Fighting Waste: Proton Beam Therapy in Prostate Cancer
Healthcare / Medicare

Fighting Waste: Proton Beam Therapy in Prostate Cancer

Experts across the political spectrum have questioned how much society should be willing to pay for new and expensive treatments, especially if another treatment exists with a proven track record. Although it often escapes policymakers, the heart of this debate should be medical efficacy. For both the new treatment and the old, do they work? How … 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