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Gary A. Puckrein, PhD, is the founder and president of the National Minority Quality Forum. The Forum is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assuring that high quality healthcare is available for and provided to all populations.

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Quality Care Should Be Accessible for All: Expanding Access through Innovation and Employing Mid-level Providers in the Medical and Dental Fields

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 10:21 AM

Despite the renewed efforts of activists, racial disparities remain widespread throughout many areas of the American economy. Yet while stories about criminal justice and education problems dominate the news, an under-reported gap exists between races in the health care field, which is every bit as sinister and dangerous to people...

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New Quality Measure Seeks to Optimize Cardiovascular Care For African Americans

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 4:03 PM

New Quality Measure Seeks to Optimize Cardiovascular Care For African Americans

In recent months, the debate on race and policing in this country has ignited passions and raised important questions. But while headlines have highlighted instances of excessive force by police and the discriminatory treatment of African Americans, the conversation...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Specialty Tier Example

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 3:50 PM

If I mentioned "specialty tier" to you, would you have any idea what I was talking about? Specialty tiers are seldom considered in everyday conversation, but if you become ill, you may learn that a specialty tier is essential to your survival.

In most developed countries, medical care (including drugs,...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Quest for Sustainability

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Google has announced another moon-shot project: Calico -- setting a course to solve the riddles of aging and death. Whether Calico succeeds in its quest or not, it has ushered in a new era that may profoundly alter our political, social, and cultural priorities. Google and its competitors...

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The Democratization of Health Care: Advancing the Analog to Digital Medicine Evolution

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 5:23 PM

Imagine the upheaval in our economy -- on manufacturers, on jobs, on wages, on the availability of consumable goods -- if, with the stroke of a pen, the cost of cars, computers, homes, land, clothing or food were reduced by 72 percent. Effective July 1, 2013 the Centers for Medicare...

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The National Healthcare Quality Report and Essential Health Benefits: Opportunity Squandered

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 3:38 PM

This month the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the 2012 National Healthcare Quality Report, along with the companion 2012 National Healthcare Disparities Report. The opening paragraph of the report describes the purpose of our...

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The Democratization of Health Care:The Seniors Question

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:59 AM

There is much talk these days about seniors. There are just so doggone many of them, proliferating and living long lives in Medicare. It is estimated that by 2030, one-third of our population (80 million) will be on Medicare, with a life expectancy of 20 years in the...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Vote Was for Quality Care

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 4:04 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of finalizing the federal standards that will guide states in defining the minimum essential health benefits that all healthcare insurance plans participating in the state-based health insurance exchanges will be required to provide. The comment period on the

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Lessons From Meningitis

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 5:50 PM

The recent outbreak of fungal meningitis, which has resulted in a steadily increasing number of deaths (36 as of Nov. 26, 2012), crystalizes the importance of vigilant regulation of the pharmaceutical industry and affirms the need for swift correctional mechanisms in the case of tainted medicines.

The Centers...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Open Formulary Movement

(8) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 3:37 PM

The open formulary movement is a call for the elimination of all prescription drug formularies. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) sets the stage for the movement. Under the law, 30 million Americans who were previously uninsured will now have access to continuous health care. Our analysis of data...

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The HIV Pandemic: Turning the Global Tide

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 12:49 PM

The XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) was convened from July 22-27 in Washington, DC. This was an historic moment - not only because it was the first of these biennial conferences to be held on this nation's soil since 1990; but also because it took place amid rapid expansion...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Higgs Field and Health Care Reform

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 4:04 PM

Almost simultaneous with the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the announcement by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) of the identification of a subatomic particle that appears to confirm the existence of the Higgs field. The two can be considered in the same thought....

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The Democratization of Health Care: Smallers Call for a Round Three

(1) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 1:34 PM

The Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act brought to a grinding halt in the second round of the great American health reform debate. The first round culminated in President Obama signing the bill into law. The small government community (Smallers) is now...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Force of Consumer Demand

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 10:52 AM

This is the age of health care reform and I would like to make the case that we allow the attractive force of consumer demand to drive the future development of our health care system.

Consumer demand is the purchasing patterns of an individual or cluster of individuals. These...

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The Democratization of Health Care: Medicare and Original Intent

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 2:01 PM

When government launched the Medicare program, it made a pact with the American people that President Lyndon Johnson articulated (his statement) at the July 30, 1965 signing ceremony for the enabling legislation:

No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will...
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The Democratization of Health Care: Private Insurers and the Diabetes Epidemic

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Few would disagree that a systemic shift in our approach to the diabetes epidemic is in order. The challenge demands that we find more consumer friendly, effective therapies and make them broadly available. But is the American health care financing system up to the task?

The twin pillars of this...

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The Democratization of Health Care: Empowering the Consumer

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 4:50 PM

The market forces that are capable of eliminating health care and health status disparities are gathering. On April 23 and 24, about 700 of my closest friends will join me in Washington, D.C., to discuss minority health. This will be National Minority Quality Forum's ninth Annual Summit dedicated to understanding...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Mandate

(8) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 4:11 PM

To mandate or not to mandate is not the question. The Obamacare requirement that each individual purchase health insurance has ignited a political and legal firestorm. Much of the reporting by liberal, conservative, and nonpartisan media cloaks the fact that while there may be a political controversy about this mandate,...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Limits of Private Insurers

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2012 | 6:00 PM

If you have been following the debate over health care reform, you are aware that the small government community, as an article of faith, is zealously opposed to the federal government acting as a health care insurer. Their preference is a market driven by individual retail transactions, similar to the...

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The Democratization of Health Care: The Independent Payment Advisory Board

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 1:46 PM

You probably missed this one, but this bit of legislation will have profound implications not only for your health, but the health of our economy. A provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) created a 15-member Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), delegating to it the responsibility to...

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