Blog Posts (9)
April 15, 2014
As readers of this blog know, Medicare costs loom large in our nation’s future. If we do not find a way to control Medicare spending, it’s hard to imagine any way to remain a solvent nation. As we continue to … Continue reading →
April 8, 2014
I recently reread a very informative New Yorker article by Ryan Lizza, called the Obama memos. I have assigned the article to my undergraduate health policy class, to help them understand the political climate surrounding the passage of The Affordable … Continue reading →
April 4, 2014
This week, my good friend Reshma Jagsi and I published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, in which we explain why physicians are doing their job, as physicians, when they pay attention to healthcare costs. Here is a … Continue reading →
April 3, 2014
A new study asks Orthopedic surgeons to guess the price of the devices they implant – “the amount your institution currently pays the vendor for the implant.” Despite a lenient grading system, in which the researchers counted as correct any … Continue reading →
December 19, 2013
Bandy X. Lee, M.D.
*Primum non nocere*, to first do no harm, is the unchanging foundation for Hippocratic medical ethics. Each generation must, nevertheless, redefine what “doing no harm” means for its time.…
October 28, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Everyday you perform web browser searches, pay for items with a credit card, visit web sites, pass through automated toll lanes, use your cell phone, navigate via GPS, read news online, renew your driver’s license, sign up for insurance, and much more.…
August 28, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Way back in 2009 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being debated across the country, one of the more controversial elements was a section (HE 3200, Section 1233) that would provide physician reimbursement for conversations about end-of-life advance care planning.…
August 16, 2013
Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D.
In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs. Specifically he said that drug abuse was “public enemy number one in the United States.” This past week, U.S.…
November 16, 2012
November's issue of the American Journal of Bioethics addresses an unexamined aspect of hospital ethics committees: their role in contributing to and writing policies. The authors call for ethicists to develop clearer roles, responsibilities, and procedural standards is made in light of limited publication about policy work.
February 5, 2014 6:30 pm
Patients may obtain their test results directly from the laboratory that produced them, without having to go through their doctors.
December 11, 2013 7:13 pm
The US Food and Drug Administration dropped some long-awaited-but-still-big news regarding the use of antibiotics in meat production.
June 5, 2013 1:48 pm
Children need a full hour of exercise in schools every day, and not just in physical education classes, the Institute of Medicine recommended on Thursday.
March 20, 2013 2:21 pm
Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, many companies are forcing its employees to undergo a physical examination in order to get health insurance, or be levied with a surcharge.
February 20, 2013 1:29 pm
The University of Pennsylvania Health System will no longer hire smokers and other tobacco users, starting in July. The system, which includes the Hospital of the University of Penn., said the policy would improve the health of its workforce and reduce the cost of health-care benefits.
January 10, 2013 1:57 pm
School teachers in Texas are flocking to free firearms classes and hundreds more in Ohio have signed up for training in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre, some vowing to protect their students with guns even at the risk of losing their jobs.
January 10, 2013 1:38 pm
The new program will support research, education and training to identify and address the ethical and policy implications of advances in the diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, including translation to clinical practice.
November 21, 2012 10:00 am
A pair of Boston physicians with experience working on national health policy are launching a new journal called Health Care: The Journal of Delivery Science and Innovation focusing on changes in the health care system, including new payment methods.
November 1, 2012 5:16 pm
An anti-tobacco law submitted to parliament yesterday will ban smoking in public places, advertising and kiosk sales. That follows measures to curb the world’s fourth-highest alcohol consumption per capita with tax increases and by limiting trade. Smoking and drinking kill 900,000 people a year in Russia, the world’s second-largest market for cigarettes and alcohol, according to official estimates.
November 1, 2012 4:46 pm
Now, a new report suggests the USDA should begin regulating snacks offered in school vending machines and snack lines. The report, issued Thursday by PEW Charitable Trust, says that high school students consume as many as 336 calories per day through snacks, and that few states offer healthy alternatives to candy, potato chips and soda.
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