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Lessons From Meningitis

Lessons From Meningitis

Huffington Post: By Gary Puckrein – 11/29/2012 The recent outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has resulted in a steadily increasing number of deaths (36 as of Nov. 26, 2012), crystalizes the importance of vigilant regulation of the pharmaceutical industry and affirms the need for swift correctional mechanisms in the case of tainted medicines. The Centers […]

Key Challenges to Affordable Care Act’s Implementation

Key Challenges to Affordable Care Act’s Implementation

Politic365.com: By Dr. Gary Puckrein, 10/16/12. Key Challenges to Affordable Care Act’s Implementation Several months have passed since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality.  Hundreds of thousands of uninsured Americans are now eligible to receive coverage starting in the year 2014.  While this is an extraordinary step in the right direction, […]

The Open Formulary Movement

The Open Formulary Movement

Huffingtonpost.com: By Gary Puckrein, 10/12/2012 The Democratization of Health Care: The Open Formulary Movement: The open formulary movement is a call for the elimination of all prescription drug formularies. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) sets the stage for the movement. Under the law, 30 million Americans who were previously uninsured will now have access to continuous health care. Our analysis […]

The HIV Pandemic: Turning the Global Tide

The HIV Pandemic: Turning the Global Tide

The HIV Pandemic: Turning, Global Tide Huffington Post: Posted: 08/07/2012 12:49 pm The XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) was convened from July 22-27 in Washington, DC. This was an historic moment – not only because it was the first of these biennial conferences to be held on this nation’s soil since 1990; but also because […]

The Higgs Field and Health Care Reform

The Higgs Field and Health Care Reform

The Democratization of Health Care: The Higgs Field and Health Care Reform Huffington Post: Posted: 07/24/2012 4:04 pm Almost simultaneous with the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the announcement by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) of the identification of a subatomic particle that appears to confirm the existence of […]

Smallers Call for a Round Three

Smallers Call for a Round Three

The Democratization of Health Care: Smallers Call for a Round Three Huffington Post: Posted: 07/17/2012 The Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act brought to a grinding halt in the second round of the great American health reform debate. The first round culminated in President Obama signing the bill […]

The Independent Payment Advisory Board

The Independent Payment Advisory Board

The Democratization of Health Care: The Independent Payment Advisory Board Huff Post: Gary Puckrein –  Posted: 03/ 4/2012 2:46 pm. You probably missed this one, but this bit of legislation will have profound implications not only for your health, but the health of our economy. A provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) created […]

Whose Money Is It?

Whose Money Is It?

The Democratization of Health Care: Whose Money Is It? Huff Post: Gary Puckrein – Posted: 02/16/2012 2:36 pm. I hate to say “I told you so” but, as we discussed in my Jan. 31 post, (The Case Against Individual Retail Transactions), with the democratization of health care we can expect moments when we will hear cries […]

Clinical Research and Quality Health Care for Minority Populations

Clinical Research and Quality Health Care for Minority Populations

The Democratization of Health Care: Clinical Research and Quality Health Care for Minority Populations Huff Post: Gary Puckrein – Posted: 02/ 7/2012 5:38 pm. A just released report from the American Cancer Society (ACS) has triggered for me, yet again, a concern: The America clinical research system is not designed to maximize the potential for the best […]

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