Browsing: Health Policy

Preserving the Safety Net: What is the True Cost of the Uninsured? President Donald J. Trump has sparked emotional debate across the country with bold promises on important public health issues like
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Use Your Voice! Hello there, EMRA! What a few months it has been! On the national level, we've had a presidential election and inauguration causing the politics in our capital to take a palpable pivo
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In This State House: Life as a Physician in the Legislature There I was, sitting in Starbucks with a recently elected state representative. As a new healthy policy fellow and emergency physician, I w
Introducing the ALTO Alternatives to Opioids Program Steven Stack, MD, FACEP, an emergency medicine physician and immediate past-president of AMA, confronted the crisis in an open letter to America's
How to Talk to Your Legislator As medical students and future physicians, each of us can think of an issue or concern that we wish would be handled differently. Often, though, we stop at wishing for
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Affordable Care Act: 5 Years Later Are We There Yet? Just 5 years ago, millions of Americans entered a new era of health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was born and sold as the solution for impr
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EMTALA: Things You Never Knew (or Never Thought to Ask) Happy birthday, EMTALA! The law that revolutionized emergency medicine turns 30 this year. We all know the basic tenets of this legislation: pr
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Is the Sky Falling? The past year saw a flurry of activity in the world of health policy, with movement in the regulatory and legislative realms on multiple fronts. For emergency medicine physicians,
Out of Ativan?! The Drug Shortage Crisis in the U.S. Emergency departments across the United States have felt the effects of the growing and constantly changing list of nationwide drug shortages. The
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Dutch Lessons for U.S. Health Care A 51-year-old female with hypertension calls EMS for palpitations. The crew arrives on the north side of town to a large, somewhat worn apartment complex. A family