Association Health Plans can be great but Caveat Emptor

This week has seen a number of articles that have focused on the recent Trump Administration announcement regarding Association Health Plans (AHPs).  This Monday, June 25th, The Virginian-Pilot published an article entitled, Buyer Beware: Inexpensive Health Plans Often Not What They Seem.  This piece is similar in tone to comedian John Oliver's expose on addiction treatment … Continue reading Association Health Plans can be great but Caveat Emptor

Don’t get “Taken” by the Association Health Plan Hype

Last week, President Trump announced the release of the new Association Health Plan (AHP) rules that will "...rescue small business from the Obamacare nightmare..."  After reviewing the rule itself and talking with a number of stakeholders, I published a brief outline of the rule itself and my initial reactions. This week the conversation continues and … Continue reading Don’t get “Taken” by the Association Health Plan Hype

President Trump rescues small businesses from the “Obamacare Nightmare” – Or does he?

Regardless of how you feel about President Trump or how you align yourself politically, this week the Department of Labor (DOL), led by Secretary Alex Acosta, announced the expansion of Association Health Plans (AHPs). So, what does that mean?  The answer is more complicated than the question, as it often is. AHPs are not a … Continue reading President Trump rescues small businesses from the “Obamacare Nightmare” – Or does he?

Fee-For-Service (FFS) is dead! Long Live Direct Primary Care (DPC)! Or not?

Recently, I shared an infographic from @MGMA (The Medical Group Management Association) that indicated that 74% of respondents were unfamiliar with the Direct Primary Care (DPC) model.  Shortly after sharing, @SteveHeet replied to my tweet asking the following: "Is there a general consensus that DPC reduces the traditional FFS patient panel? If so, with all … Continue reading Fee-For-Service (FFS) is dead! Long Live Direct Primary Care (DPC)! Or not?

Straw Man Much

In 1989 I read a book called Attacking Faulty Reasoning by T. Edward Damer for a college class and I still have that book today.  It's dogeared and I've added tabs and I refer to it often.  I do this because contained within the pages of this text are words of wisdom - powerful words that … Continue reading Straw Man Much

Transitioning from a Healthcare System to a Well-being System in the U.S.

Recently, I've become involved in the design and creation of decision support tools for both clinical and non-clinical applications.  While there have been decades of research supporting the concept of integrating shared decision-making practices and decision support technology in our healthcare system, adoption has been slow.  I'd like to add my voice to the chorus … Continue reading Transitioning from a Healthcare System to a Well-being System in the U.S.