The Ongoing Debate About Abortions By Winnie Eke With the introduction of six anti-abortion bills in Congress, it seems the government wants to control a woman’s choice. Granted the country is divided over abortion but it appears this Congress wants to make its mark on controlling what a woman does. I wonder if it is not… Read More Are We Turning Back the Clock?
By Henry Smart, III At some point in your life, you may have been asked–What does it mean to be an American? Maybe it was posed during a civics class in middle school or at work. No matter when you were asked, you were probably able to produce a plausible response. However, during a crisis, do… Read More American in Waiting: The Disconnect Between the Definition and the Doing
By Jason Bowns Bathed in a paradox of criticism and hope, the Inspector General (IG) concept dominates current news headlines. The IG is on America’s mind. IG reports may satisfy or verify. Then they become targets of ire at other times when critics claim that the IG has not gone far enough – that it… Read More Public Service and the Keepers of Accountability
By Dr. Michael Popejoy Stroke, medically known as a cerebral vascular accident, can happen to anyone at any age. However, men and women over 55 are more likely to suffer a rapid onset brain bleed due to either a blood clot blocking a key blood vessel, which starves the brain cells of vital nutrients and… Read More Stroke—Are You at Risk?
By Ferd H. and Cheryl C. Mitchell During 2014, a variety of administrative issues will face those groups and individuals charged with getting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “up and running.” From a positive perspective, as more individuals become aware of the improved health insurance coverage to be provided by “Qualified Health Plans (QHPs),” there… Read More ACA Administrative Issues for 2014
How ACA Could Have Gone Smoother By Cheryl H. and Ferd C. Mitchell During 2013, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was illustrated by new types of interactions among all of the organizations involved in the health care system. Insurance companies, employers, providers and many other types of organizations started to interact in different… Read More ACA Implementation & Connection Analysis
Another View of the ACA By Ferd H. Mitchell and Cheryl C. Mitchell One of the most difficult administrative tasks is to deal with the implementation of new programs that involve both short-term and long-term objectives. Adjustments in short-term activities can cause large changes in outcomes for long-term objectives. There are often numerous short-term pressures… Read More Balancing Short-Term & Long-Term Program Objectives
By Ferd H. Mitchell and Cheryl C. Mitchell Federal and state administrative strategies to cope with the implementation problems of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are beginning to become more transparent to outside viewers. The federal Health Exchange (at http://www.HealthCare.gov ) is mired in technical problems. The response has been to appeal to enhanced “fix-it”… Read More Learning From ACA Implementation Problems
Applying It To the ACA By Cheryl C. and Ferd H. Mitchell A recent article in The Economist (“Why a strategy is not a plan”) reviews a new book by Lawrence Freedman (cited below). As stated in this article, “Strategy, it turns out, is really about trying to work out in a sensible way how… Read More The Difference Between A Strategy & A Plan
By Cheryl C. and Ferd H. Mitchell Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has demonstrated some of the various administrative strategies that may be used when program activities are threatened with failure. Things that can and should be done—and should be avoided—may be identified by looking at responses when “things start to go bad.”… Read More Fixing the ACA – Lesson Plan