From Behind Bars to Better Care: What the ACA Can Do

From Behind Bars to Better Care: What the ACA Can Do

The US has a total of 3300 country and local jails, which in 2012 provided mandatory health services to over 11 million people (Bachelli et…

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Strides in Sex-Education

Strides in Sex-Education

Education and healthcare are fundamentally intertwined.  As more of the GDP is devoted to healthcare, less is available for public education in America.  Despite this…

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Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Practices?

Is Telemedicine the Future of Medical Practices?

On last Thursday’s lecture, we were introduced to the idea of telemedicine, which is defined as the use of medical information exchanged from one site…

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Avoiding Errors and Reducing Waste:  Toyota’s Lean Production System in Healthcare Delivery

Avoiding Errors and Reducing Waste: Toyota’s Lean Production System in Healthcare Delivery

When dealing with national healthcare expenditures, a great part of the goal of controlling spending is curbing its increasing slope while improving patient outcomes. It…

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Care for a Dying Patient

Care for a Dying Patient

As our country tries to decrease the cost of healthcare, we must appreciate the extreme cost of dying in America. According to Atul Gawande,  “twenty-five…

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The High Cost of Living

The High Cost of Living

http://www.flickr.com/photos/68751915@N05/6355351769/   In class on Thursday, Erin C. Fuse Brown (2014) from Georgia State’s Law School discussed new nondiscrimination rules that the Affordable Care Act…

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What Does ACA Mean to Safety-net Hospitals

What Does ACA Mean to Safety-net Hospitals

Safety net hospitals (Also called Disproportionate Share Hospitals) are healthcare facilities that provide a disproportionate amount of care to vulnerable populations, usually include patients who…

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How Far Behind Canada?

How Far Behind Canada?

After learning about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in class last week, I was intrigued to learn more about the conditions that motivated this reform. …

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Care for the Elderly: What We Can Do to Improve Geriatrics Care

Care for the Elderly: What We Can Do to Improve Geriatrics Care

  Dr. Johnson’s talk on the dilemma in Geriatrics care brings up an issue that people do not like to talk about, because to many…

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What's Up Georgia? Expansion or No Expansion?

What’s Up Georgia? Expansion or No Expansion?

    After Dr. Leon Haley’s presentation on Georgia’s indigence population, I wanted to learn more about Georgia’s decision to not expand Medicaid and its…

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Why We Need Better Care Coordination Among Healthcare Providers

Why We Need Better Care Coordination Among Healthcare Providers

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), now is the perfect time to improve the quality of care coordination in…

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Improving Support for Mental Health Services

Improving Support for Mental Health Services

Over the past few decades, mental health has not received enough financial support.  According to Mark et al. (1), mental health and substance abuse spending…

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The Future of Hospice Care

The Future of Hospice Care

End-of-life care can be incredibly expensive and emotionally draining to both the patient and his/her family. In fact, it could be the highest medical bill…

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Cost-effectiveness of Mammogram

Cost-effectiveness of Mammogram

Reading about “defensive medicine and “flat of the curve medicine” remind me of an interesting topic I have discussed about from a medical anthropology class:…

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Rising Costs and Inequitable Access: How Evergreening Inflates Prescription Drug Costs

Rising Costs and Inequitable Access: How Evergreening Inflates Prescription Drug Costs

National health spending in the US has continued to balloon since the 1960s, with seemingly no end in sight. Healthcare spending in 2010 totaled nearly…

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A Deeper Look at the Flat-of-the-Curve

A Deeper Look at the Flat-of-the-Curve

Flat of the curve medicine refers to the phenomenon where health care consumption (costs) continues to rise while health outcomes (usually defined by life expectancy),…

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Discrepancies in Healthcare Costs

Discrepancies in Healthcare Costs

News outlets, journal articles, and political figures discuss the rising cost of healthcare on a daily basis, but until last year, few people actually knew…

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Defensive Medicine

Defensive Medicine

In class last week, Dr. Sara Markowitz spoke to us about current economic issues in the US health care system. Within this context, she outlined…

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