Why the CBO’s Report on the Repeal of Obamacare Is Irrelevant

Last Friday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report outlining the financial impact of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”). According to the study, a repeal of ACA would cause the federal deficit to increase by $137 billion between 2016 and 2025. Supporters of Obamacare may view the report in a positive light. The … [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...]

An Economic Solution to a Humanitarian Crisis

This article was first published to The Huffington Post on May 20, 2015. Photo credit to Romeo Gacad via Getty Images. "For the displaced of Southeast Asia, the outlook remains dark. Even by the most optimistic estimates no more than half the present refugee population will be resettled in the foreseeable future. What's to become of the others?" That quote is from an … [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...]

Why Power Women Should Stop Writing Memoirs

This article was first published to The Huffington Post on November 20, 2014. 'Tis the season to be shopping for holiday gifts, and books are a perennial favorite. If you're looking for something for that special woman in your life, you'll have plenty of choices. In particular, the sub-genre of "power-woman memoir" has a lot to offer: Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, … [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...]

How the Malaysians Used a Skyscraper to Fool the World

This article was first posted to The Huffington Post on September 9, 2014. Photo of the Petronas Towers on The Huffington Post (and to the left) was courtesy of Janis Powers. Never underestimate the power of good marketing. Politicians need it to win elections. Entertainers need it to gain popularity. Musicians need it to sell tickets. Skilled marketers can spin stories … [Read more...]

America’s Love-Hate Relationship with Mothers

This blog was originally posted in The Huffington Post on June 2, 2014. Newsflash to future moms: "We" are not pregnant. Unless your husband or partner is expecting to receive a complimentary uterus at your next ultrasound appointment, you, Oh Pregnant One, are the one with child. You'll have the stretch marks and the splayed pelvis to prove it. Don't let anyone take that away … [Read more...]