affordable care act

Highly Recommended: How to Answer Interview Questions About Obamacare

Highly Recommended: How to Answer Interview Questions About Obamacare

By: Ryan Kelly

“So, Your Name Here, go ahead and tell us your thoughts on the Affordable Care Act. How can we improve the healthcare system in the United States?”

Oh no, it’s your interview nightmare. They’ve asked that tough, topical policy question that seems impossible to answer, let alone solve in real life. How can you tackle this complex issue in two minutes of an interview?

Pre-Med News Roundup April 4, 2016

Pre-Med News Roundup April 4, 2016

By: Ryan Kelly

Repealing Obamacare Lawmaker’s Main Mission. Democrats lauded Obama’s Affordable Care Act as a crucial step towards achieving equal access to care. But Rep. Blake Farenthold, member of the House Judiciary Committee, is now on a mission to repeal it. His goal is to incorporate reform ideas from a Republican Study Committee, such as making insurance portable and allowing plans to sell across state lines. Click the MedPage Today link to find out more.

Pre-Med News Roundup October 5, 2015

Pre-Med News Roundup October 5, 2015

Medical Schools Teach Students To Talk With Patients About Care Costs  “What's the difference between cost, charge and payment?” Medical schools are helping students understand the costs of medicine through newly integrated coursework. The reason for the change is most likely high-value care or values based purchasing, which came in with the Affordable Care Act.

Pragmatic Advice For Would-Be Health Entrepreneurs From The Medicine X Conference This article takes a look at technology, entrepreneurship, and medicine.  It’s an interesting take from a tech guy who understands the world of medicine.  The author also gives a couple of great book suggestions, as well.

Top Medical Schools React to Harvard’s Curriculum Change

Pre-Med News Roundup October 29, 2014

Pre-Med News Roundup October 29, 2014

Drugs, Doctors, and Death Threats: Inside the Battle Over California's Prop. 46 California's Prop. 46 is a controversial ballot measure that would require doctors to take a drug test if a medical error was made.  The measure also raises the amount of money patients can sue for in medical malpractice cases in California.  It's no surprise that trial attorneys are backing the plan and groups representing doctors are against it.  

The Affordable Care Act: Who Was Helped Most A new set of data shows the demographics of the 10 million newly insured under Obamacare.  The article contains maps, graphs, charts, and all the fun stuff that makes statistics come to life.  The data shows that the most vulnerable populations benefited the most.

Doctors and Decision Fatigue  A new study finds that a phenomenon seen in judges who are more likely to deny parole at the end of a day is also true for doctors.  The study found that doctors are more likely to prescribe antibiotics to patients whose symptoms do not indicate a need for them at the end of their shift.  Life as a doctor is hard, and realizing the effects on patient treatment can help change patterns in treatment.

Pre-Med News Roundup October 2, 2014

Pre-Med News Roundup October 2, 2014

Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life The Institute of Medicine's panel of end of life care found that the system we have is broken.  While elderly patients generally prefer more cost effective palliative in-home services, they are often getting expensive surgical and hospital based procedures.  The disconnect starts from the lack of conversation with patients regarding their advance care planning. 

Doctors Find Barriers to Sharing Digital Medical Records Clinics and hospitals are finding that even when digital health record systems are in place, they struggle to share data with other company's systems.  Doctors will eventually be penalized by Medicare if they cannot share patient data. 

Changes to Medical School Curriculums to Improve Patient Care  The American Medical Association selected 11 medical schools (including UC Davis and UCSF) to each receive a million dollar grant to look for ways to change their curriculums to better reflect patient care since the Affordable Care Act took place. Changes will need to increase efficiency and cut costs in order to keep up with cuts to Medicare reimbursements to doctors.

 

Pre-med News Roundup September 24, 2014

Pre-med News Roundup September 24, 2014

 

Your Surgeon Seems Competent, but Can He Type? A surgeon admits in his NY Times blog that while he can perform surgery, he has had a hard time keeping up with computerized charting. Read on to find out how he turns his weakness into a way to connect with his patients. 

After The NIH Funding 'Euphoria' Comes The 'Hangover' This article analyzes the lessons scientists have learned who spend more time writing grant proposals than conducting research.

Under Affordable Care Act, 25 Percent Increase in Health Insurers Is Predicted One of the effects of the ACA is a rise in insurance providers, therefore raising competition between providers. We think this will be an interesting read for medical school applicants interviewing this cycle.