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...]

Family Leave Programs Should Favor Women Over Men

This article first appeared in The Huffington Post on August 27, 2015 President Obama, during his State of the Union address earlier this year, bemoaned the fact that the United States is the only high-income nation in the world that does not offer a paid maternity leave program. Around Mother's Day, Hillary Clinton released a video passionately declaring her support for … [Read more...]

He Gave Me a Breathalyzer Test That I Couldn’t Refuse

This article was originally posted to The Huffington Post on July 24, 2015. Less than a week after July 4, a day when Americans celebrate our freedom and liberty, Sandra Bland was pulled over for a traffic violation. The lawful traffic stop that escalated into an arrest and culminated in Ms. Bland’s untimely death in a jail cell on July 13 has everyone talking about civil … [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...]

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...]