Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • Jean Moore Talks Private Exchanges On IHC Radio Show

    Jean Moore, managing director, active exchanges for Towers Watson, was interviewed on October 17 on the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism’s live radio show. She spoke on the rising popularity  of private exchanges for employers to deliver health benefits. When asked about the most common questions she gets from employers, Moore said that top of mind […]

  • Medicare To Pay Doctors Coordinating Care For Chronically Ill Patients

    A recent change in Medicare policy means that starting in January of 2015 primary care physicians will get paid a monthly fee for coordinating the care of patients with two or more chronic illnesses. Physicians often provide chronic case management services between office visits, but Medicare did not pay for it. With this new initiative, […]

  • This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated.

    Nurse Kaci Hickox on a mandatory quarantine imposed upon her return from providing aid to Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, highlighting the unresolved tension between public health concerns and individual rights

  • Amount Americans will spend this year on Halloween candy

    $2.5 Billion

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Oregon

    At the end of last year’s 2014 open enrollment period for purchasing health plans on the ACA’s public marketplaces, a little over 8 million people had enrolled. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia ran their own exchanges, with California, New York, and Kentucky standing out for the overall success and smoothness of their exchange rollout and the […]

  • Going Car-Less: The New Rite of Passage

    A former boss of mine, upon learning that I do not now nor have I ever owned a car, dispensed the following well-intentioned advice: “You need to own a car… I mean, you have to grow up someday.” For the record, let me state that I am 26 years old, earn a decent living doing […]

  • President Bush’s Limited Time Offer: 30% Off on US Solar

    By the time I sold SunEdison in 2009, retailers like Walmart, Costco, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Whole Foods, Staples, Walgreens, and others had already started installing solar on store and facility rooftops. A catalyst was President Bush extending, in October 2008, the 30 percent tax credit for solar by eight (8) years, through 2016. That deadline is now a […]

  • What Einstein Might Say After People’s Climate March

    Today was the People’s Climate March in NYC. Initial estimates show that 400,000 people descended upon Manhattan just preceding the 2014 U.N. General Assembly (and about 1 million worldwide). The organizers of the march who want change picked an opportune time to get the message out. But as I paraded along with others, I was […]

  • We’ll never be royals….

    A lyric from singer Lorde’s song “Royals”, which has been banned on radio airwaves in San Francisco for the duration of the World Series, as the SF Giants face off against the KC Royals

  • Number of people declared Ebola-free, after being monitored for the disease following contact with Thomas Eric Duncan