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Rural Recipients of Care Access under ACA Stand to Benefit Greatly

It’s a little of a conundrum for states with a significant rural demographic: how to get the word out about the ACA and its expansive coverage benefits profile, as legislators and governors do little to spur the process along. As … Continue reading

31. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Medicare Turns 48 Today

On July 30, 1965, the Medicare and Medicaid amendments to Social Security were signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. Of course, the groundbreaking legislation would see hundreds of iterations, culminating most recently in the latter’s expansion in states that will … Continue reading

30. July 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Texas Governor Rick Perry Remains Steadfast in Opposition to Medicaid Expansion under Reform

GOP antipathy to Obamacare has followed a smooth, if not entirely predictable trajectory ever since the bill was signed into law in March 2010. The rancor in the lead-up to the law’s passage was met with the usual mix of boisterous … Continue reading

24. May 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Delay of Care of Adults Closely Tied to Tighter Medicaid Eligibility Rules

We all know the potential effects of the option of states which choose to forgo Medicaid expansion, given the choice to do so via last year’s SCOTUS ruling. On the brink of a flood of tens of millions of suddenly-insured Americans … Continue reading

28. March 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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FL Governor Scott Reverses Course on ACA Medicaid Expansion Provision

GOP Gov. Rick Scott (FL) becomes the latest Republican chief exec to flip-flop on the issue of SCOTUS-sanctioned state sovereignty over Medicaid expansion as part of the ACA. His switch comes as the latest casualty of increasingly intense political pressure … Continue reading

23. February 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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The Price of Obtaining Healthcare Today

You don’t have to be a healthcare policy pundit to surmise that all facets of delivery in this country are driven by profit and minimization of costs required to do it — from the insurers to Pharma, from acute hospitals … Continue reading

21. February 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Budget Office Revises Projections Ahead of Insurance Exchange Rollout

The rollout of insurance exchanges and the coverage they promise under the banner of market competition and choice continues to be championed by the Obama administration. And for good reason: as the president enters his legacy term, there’s a lot … Continue reading

06. February 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Direct-Pay Care Slowly Expands to Heavy Managed Care Markets and Dares to Survive

The concept began in the late 20th century, as some primary care clinicians could see the pending writing on the proverbial Medicare wall — their practices were losing money, as their overhead and Medicare/Medicaid beneficiary pools were increasing. The concept … Continue reading

28. January 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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As Society Ages, the Potential for Elder Abuse Increases

Call it a natural by-product of the increasingly staggering numbers of the post-Boomer elderly in this country. Call it a failure of certain community social safety nets to account for those seniors who fall through the fiscal cracks. Or simply … Continue reading

27. January 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Former CMS Chief Mulls Higher Office

Don Berwick, MD, who left his post as CMS chief in 2011, may be considering a run for Mass. governor. In spite of his troubled tenure on Capitol Hill, Berwick remains a popular and favorably regarded health policy titan. What’s … Continue reading

09. January 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Florida Governor Outed as Defending Erroneous Medicaid Spending Data

Truth in advertising? Rick Scott — Republican governor of Florida and, along with Texas governor, Rick Perry — is often most closely aligned with the drive to counter the acceptance of government funds as part of the ACA to expand … Continue reading

08. January 2013 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Media Begin Focus on Next Iteration of ACA

It’s 12/12/12, and you know what that means. Time for the blog to kick back into gear after an self-imposed extended hiatus for professional growth. It’s as good a day as any to get the healthcare policy discussions going once … Continue reading

12. December 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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Minnesota Miles Ahead on Obamacare Enthusiasm upon Obama’s Re-election

Okay, so it’s full speed ahead on the implementation of Obamacare (a term I only accept in its brevity, co-opted by its bipartisan national appeal) following President Obama’s historic re-election last week. After House Majority Leader Boehner uttered that the … Continue reading

12. November 2012 by Michael Douglas, MD, MBA
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