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The Power of Evidence-based Design

This past fall I was fortunate enough to take (and pass, whew …) the Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) exam. One of the things I learned from that experience was the whole concept of the “business case”—using empirical evidence to prove why something is worthy to be considered in a particular design. For example, there are a number of current concepts in the healthcare world that some may consider nice to have, but when push comes to shove, they are eliminated from the project in favor of more basic budget needs. Some of these concepts include positive distractions, such… Full Story

NFIB v. Sebelius: More About Law Than Healthcare

As a healthcare lawyer, many friends and acquaintances have asked my opinion on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Supreme Court case. Fortunately, the decision gave me a really easy answer to that question. Although it certainly didn’t break the way I thought it would—or, for that matter, hoped it would—it did vindicate what I have said all along about Obamacare and healthcare reform generally: The Affordable Care Act is much more focused on health insurance reform or health finance reform than it is on healthcare reform. And the Supreme Court case isn’t about healthcare at all; it’s all about… Full Story