Thoughts for Your Thanksgiving Dinner

This commentary was first distributed through The Powers Report on November 20, 2017. Please sign up here to receive my newsletter in your inbox! Link to the Newsletter here. I am grateful for every Thanksgiving celebration because without this holiday, I might not be here. Decades past, the man who would be my father wooed the woman who would be my mother over a Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

November Thoughts – Elections et. al.

This commentary was first distributed through The Powers Report on November 10, 2017. Please sign up here to receive my newsletter in your inbox! Link to the Newsletter here. "I don't mean to be rude, but when exactly are you going to finish your book?" Thanks to my daughter for her sensitive query about the status of the slog...known to many of you as Health Care: Meet the … [Read more...]

Lessons from the French President about American Health Care Spending

Last weekend, political newcomer Emmanuel Macron became the new President of France. He's got some ambitious plans. President Macron seeks to strengthen the economic fortune of the European Union (EU) by creating a common budget to be followed by its member nations. Such a plan could create a disciplined, streamlined fiscal infrastructure across EU nations, enabling the EU to … [Read more...]

Say Good-Bye to Health Insurance as We Know It

A modified version of this post was sent out via The Powers Report. Please subscribe to get the latest updates! I, like many of you, am wondering what's going to happen to the health insurance market now that steps have advanced to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). As many of you know, I voted for Trump with the hope that ACA would be replaced. … [Read more...]

4 Secrets for a Successful Career after Medical School

This article first appeared on the forum Motivate MD on December 28, 2016. Dear students: ​ Please go to medical school, finish medical school and become a doctor. This is a personal request from a 47-year-old future patient of yours. By the time I reach my elder years I’m going to need access to some medical professionals with at least a couple of decades’ worth of … [Read more...]

Mitigating Financial Risk in Value-Based Care Models

This article was first published in the Healthcare Financial Management blog on August 11, 2016. The shift from volume- to value-based payment is changing the financial incentives in the health care industry. New payment initiatives such as the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) Initiative and the Medicare Access & Reauthorization Act (MACRA) reflect new Medicare … [Read more...]

An Alternative To Health Care’s Logic-Defying Payment System

This article was first posted to The Huffington Post on July 21, 2016. Recently President Obama provided an assessment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”) in an article published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The president acknowledged the program’s successes and shortcomings, and offered up some advice about how to improve it going … [Read more...]

Is This the End of Universal Healthcare?

This article was first featured on The Huffington Post on January 25, 2016 For decades, universal healthcare has been an important policy issue for Democrats. Party faithful argue that providing access to healthcare is a basic right that should be afforded to all American citizens. Data suggests that providing healthcare access benefits society both socially and … [Read more...]

Why Lebanon May Be ISIS’s Next Target

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on September 4, 2015. ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is sometimes referred to as ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The term Levant refers to the geographic region in the Middle East that includes Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. If ISIS seeks to expand its would-be caliphate outside of … [Read more...]