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The Democratization of Health Care: Advancing the Analog to Digital Medicine Evolution

The Democratization of Health Care: Advancing the Analog to Digital Medicine Evolution

The Huffington Post:  07/11/2013 pm Imagine the upheaval in our economy — on manufacturers, on jobs, on wages, on the availability of consumable goods — if, with the stroke of a pen, the cost of cars, computers, homes, land, clothing or food were reduced by 72 percent. Effective July 1, 2013 the Centers for Medicare […]

The National Healthcare Quality Report and Essential Health Benefits: Opportunity Squandered

The National Healthcare Quality Report and Essential Health Benefits: Opportunity Squandered

Huffington Post: by Gary Puckrein. This month the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the 2012 National Healthcare Quality Report, along with the companion 2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. The opening paragraph of the report describes the purpose of our health care system. It is “…designed […]

The Democratization of Health Care: The Seniors Question

The Democratization of Health Care: The Seniors Question

There is much talk these days about seniors. There are just so doggone many of them, proliferating and living long lives in Medicare. It is estimated that by 2030, one-third of our population (80 million) will be on Medicare, with a life expectancy of 20 years in the program. The concern is that, by their […]

The Democratization of Health Care: The Vote Was for Quality Care

The Democratization of Health Care: The Vote Was for Quality Care

Huffington Post: By Gary Puckrein — 01/08/2013 The Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of finalizing the federal standards that will guide states in defining the minimum essential health benefits that all healthcare insurance plans participating in the state-based health insurance exchanges will be required to provide. The comment period on the proposed […]

Changes to Medicare Part B Pose Risk to Rural Minorities

Changes to Medicare Part B Pose Risk to Rural Minorities

Roll Call: By Gary Puckrein – 12/20/12 Living in rural America has many advantages — cleaner air, lower-cost housing, and peace and quiet are just a few of them. But access to health care is not one of the benefits of being on the frontier. Rural residents are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured, […]

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 […]

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