Katherine Restrepo

Director Of Healthcare Policy

Posts by Katherine Restrepo (page 6)

  • Let Patients Sort Out Quality In the Health Care Marketplace

    My colleague Terry Stoops just wrote a blog post entitled, “let parents sort out quality in the education marketplace.” The same goes for patients in the health care marketplace. Still, the government is the main arbiter in determining quality health care. Just look at all of the “quality…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 31, 2017
  • What’s Scary About The U.S. Health Care System

    The chart below screams why the physician-patient relationship grows weaker. Since the 1970s, the number of hospital administrators has increased by 3000%. When examining trends in the health care workforce, the Harvard Business Review estimates that there is a 16:1 non-physician to physician ratio. Why? Because the…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 31, 2017
  • Worried About Medicare Payment Reductions? Then Consider Switching To Direct Primary Care

    As part of its doctorate program, Duke University’s School of Nursing is coaching its students on how to make effective health policy “asks” to state and federal lawmakers. Presentations were held on campus last week, and one of my colleagues and I had the pleasure of providing these students feedback…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 30, 2017
  • Direct Primary Care: A Pathway To Save Physicians From Burnout

    “Physician happiness is inversely proportional to the amount of bureaucratic drag on their lives,” says Dr. Doug Farrago. Farrago, a recovering hospital-employed physician, was one of many influential speakers to address an audience of 250 physicians at a Direct Primary Care (DPC) conference that was recently held in Orlando,…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 25, 2017
  • Direct Primary Care: Making Health Care Affordable Again

    ReasonTV just released a documentary that explains how direct primary care (DPC) docs are making health care affordable again. Watch it here:…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 16, 2017
  • Trump Executive Order Could Bring Back Affordable Health Insurance

    The Trump Administration is using the Executive Order process to its  advantage in hopes that federal agencies will begin deregulating the health insurance market. If all goes according to plan, insurance carriers could begin selling short-term medical (catastrophic-like) health insurance plans outside of Obamacare’s Exchanges. Like Exchange plans,…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 16, 2017
  • Trump Pushes Executive Order To Deregulate Health Insurance Markets

    President Trump is set to issue an executive order this week that calls for federal agencies to loosen costly health insurance regulations that are hurting the wallets of small businesses and individuals. The executive order states that firms will be able to band together to form Association Health Plans…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 11, 2017
  • Telemedicine Laws: What Not To Do

    A growing body of academic literature suggests that medical providers can deliver telemedicine to patients by mobile phones, television screens, or computer monitors that is comparable to in-person consultations. As telemedicine can uphold the quality of health care, it’s also a cost-effective way to increase access to basic health care…
    Katherine Restrepo, October 6, 2017