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Reflecting on Medicine in 2014

Reflecting on Medicine in 2014

January 2, 2015

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PROVIDERS:

While I have probably painted a bleak picture for Medicine in 2014, it is my hope that we are able to move forward in a more positive way in 2015. I think that there are several very exciting developments that are gaining momentum within medicine and healthcare in general.

The Supreme Court Tackles Social Media: The First Amendment and the Rule of Law on the Internet

The Supreme Court Tackles Social Media: The First Amendment and the Rule of Law on the Internet

December 3, 2014

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Health IT:

We must be mindful of the legal implications of what we say and do online and must be mindful of patient confidentiality issues as well as standards for professional conduct. Medical boards across the country have developed guidelines for physicians on social media and academic papers have been published on the subject in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Now, even the nation’s highest court is venturing into the regulation of social media and the intricacies and legal implications of both the subjective and objective interpretation of online posts.

Controlling the Costs of Innovation: Let’s Refocus and Remember The Patient

Controlling the Costs of Innovation: Let’s Refocus and Remember The Patient

November 21, 2014

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Innovation/innovative companies:

The US has always been a place where others from around the world have come to incubate and grow ideas. Now, it appears that innovation must come at a substantial cost–the increasing capital required for drug development as well as taxes on medical device companies only serve to squeeze out the “small guys with big ideas” and limit our ability to continue to produce new, more effective therapies and cures.

Gene Steuerle, Host of "The Government We Deserve"

Jim Brady and a BOGGSAT

August 18, 2014

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Health policy:

Jim Brady, who died on August 4, 2014, will be remembered for many things. Gene Steurle reflects on the implications of Brady’s lesson about decision-making by BOGGSAT (a bunch of guys (and gals) sitting around a table)

Obamacare Delays and Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Old People Can’t Surf

Obamacare Delays and Rearranging Deck Chairs on the Titanic: Old People Can’t Surf

March 28, 2014

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Health policy:

Overall there have been more than 20 unilateral changes/delays/exceptions made by the President without Congressional approval or oversight.

Bob Laszewski, Host of Health Care Policy and Marketplace Review

Republicans Considering Proposing High-Risk Pools––Health Insurance Ghettos

March 21, 2014

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Health policy:

I can’t believe Republicans are even considering this idea in 2014.

Silly Republican Insurance Reform Ideas––Selling Insurance Across State Lines and Association Health Plans

Silly Republican Insurance Reform Ideas––Selling Insurance Across State Lines and Association Health Plans

March 17, 2014

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Health policy:

When I discuss these ideas with people in the insurance industry––people who know how their market really works––these ideas generally command plenty of snickers.

Healthcare and the Ukraine: Politics, Suffering and Disease

Healthcare and the Ukraine: Politics, Suffering and Disease

March 7, 2014

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Other stuff:

Certainly, the world’s eyes are focused on the political unrest in the Ukraine this week. As a physician, I am concerned about the health and well being of the Ukrainian people.

Gene Steuerle, Host of "The Government We Deserve"

Finding an Opportune Way to Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit

January 30, 2014

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Health policy:

Having worked on the EITC and other wage subsidies for a long time (and having introduced them at a crucial stage of tax reform efforts in the 1980s), I say it’s about time they were back on the table.

Paul Levy, Host of (Not) Running a Hospital

A benefit of political gridlock? It won’t last.

January 18, 2014

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Other stuff:

A Washington, DC colleague reported to me this week that spending on lobbying in the nation’s capital has declined considerably. Why?