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...]

The Side Effects of Obamacare Are Just What the Doctor Ordered

This article was first posted to The Huffington Post on June 9, 2015. When many people think of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or "Obamacare"), they think of a health insurance program designed to expand coverage and care options for Americans. The insurance element of Obamacare is the most prescribed and detailed aspect of the law, which is probably why … [Read more...]

The $11 Billion Federal Maternity Leave Pay Act

This article was originally posted to The Huffington Post on May 4, 2015. Please note that this is a citizen's plan. The intent of this proposal is to help others become familiar with the issues related to funding maternity leave on a federal level. #FMLPA Now that a woman is running for president of the United States, there is sure to be increased media dialogue about … [Read more...]

How mHealth Should Help Patients Control Their Health

This article was first published to Healthcare Financial Management on February 18, 2015. The term mHealth refers to mobile devices and applications that can connect individuals with different constituencies in the healthcare system. A significant component of current mHealth solutions is their ability to transfer selected patient health attributes to provider networks. These … [Read more...]

Outcomes-based reimbursement: Do the codes support it?

This article was originally posted to Becker's Healthcare on October 2, 2014 There are 24 hours in a day, and when you're a physician, you have to think about how to best work those hours to take care of your patients — and yourself. Back in the day, when the fee-for-service model was alive and kicking, physicians would charge what were ostensibly market rates for the care … [Read more...]