Daily Caller: Unnecessary Regulations On Silicone Could Put Patients In Jeopardy

Thanks to its high performance in a variety of settings, silicone has found its way into thousands of medical devices, from the most mundane to the most sophisticated. You’ve probably never visited a hospital without touching silicone material of some kind — it’s used in medical tape, electronic covers, syringe coatings, IVs, catheters, bed cushions, […]

Lab Developed Tests Can Deliver Consumer Safety and Benefits

Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) have become a source of convenience and hope for patients, but they have also triggered controversy about the safety of their impact on consumer expectations, and about the accuracy of the clinical results they provide.  In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services […]

The Quality of Medical Care

For many, the quest to extend access to health care has been an important public goal. For decades, progress was made through employer-based coverage, and more recently, extensions of coverage were made through Medicaid, Medicare, the Veterans Administration, the Affordable Care Act, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. With access closer to universality, quality and […]

ACI in Forbes: Keeping Up With The Latest Medical Science

Being an economist, you don’t want me to play medical doctor in order to save you money.  Likewise, when doctors write an economic cost study that concludes that doctors do not need to keep up with the latest medical research, I can’t help but think of the potential for intellectual malpractice. There has been a […]

What Patients Deserve: ACI in Real Clear Policy

If you were severely ill and needed to pick a physician, would you want one who has been certified as meeting all of the current training, educational and professional standards set by a board of physicians? For many patients, it is very important for them to know that they are dealing with top-notch doctors who […]

ACA Is a Crisis We Must not Waste

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), premium subsidies of health care insurance are available to low income and some moderate income families.  ACA’s plain wording says the subsidies are available to states that operate their own exchange.  ACA was intentionally structured in that way to induce states to operate a health insurance exchange. Subsidies are […]

Patients Role in $1 Trillion in Annual Costs

A widely reported study of the Milliman Medical Index estimates that the typical family of four covered by employer-provided health insurance in a preferred provider organization (PPO) will spend almost $25,000 for health coverage and services in 2015.  That includes premiums paid by employer and employee, as well as all the out of pocket costs. […]

Stratospheric Drug Prices Are Curable

Most of American’s activity is focused on work, education, entertainment, and social interactions. Some exercise intentionally to maintain their health and some get healthful exercise through their employment, but it’s unlikely that much of our attention is focused on health care.  One sixth of our economy is tied to health care, but we can remain […]

A Welcomed Primary Care Provider

The scheduling delay for a routine appointment with one of America’s 210,000 primary care doctors seems to be measured in weeks, even when the doctor’s practice is already the patient’s medical home.  New patient appointments often take six weeks.  For a good ophthalmologist, 2 or three months seems to be a normal wait.  Medical care […]

Physician Control over Electronic Health Records

Technical questions on how to build and store an electronic health record (EHR) are trivial compared with the more visceral issues of who should own it, what it should contain, and who can input into it.  By 2012, 70% of physicians had faced those questions, made tentative decisions, and taken on an EHR system. Today, […]