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...]

McDonald’s and Marijuana Bring You the McBrownie: I’m Lovin’ It

Happy Meal

“There is no harm in repeating a good thing.” — Plato Well, Plato never got to see the cinematic classics Super Size Me or Reefer Madness. For the un-ordained, Super Size Me is an award-winning documentary chronicling one man’s 30-day consumption of food and beverage, sourced strictly from McDonald’s.  Not surprisingly, he gains weight, becomes irritable, and loses his … [Read more...]

The Pill: Ironic Reliance on a Non-Feminist Drug

The Pill: No other drug has the audacity to co-opt a generic word all for itself. Pfizer, the nation’s largest pharmaceutical company, lists over 215 products on its website. Yet the Pill’s notoriety as a female contraception drug is so ingrained in the American consciousness, no other descriptors are necessary. Too bad for that also-ran helper Viagra; the erectile dysfunction … [Read more...]

Employee Based Healthcare: An Obsolete Entitlement

Advocacy for universal healthcare in America has stirred up the debate over the government’s role in society. Should the government require that all Americans are medically insured? If so, those who cannot afford it will get their insurance paid by the government. It won’t take long for the collective chorus to start chanting, “Entitlement!”So-called entitlement programs are … [Read more...]