Health Policy

  • September Is National Childhood Obesity Month

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced September is National Childhood Obesity Month. In the United States today, approximately 1 in 5 children (17%) has obesity and certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides an opportunity for learning about ways to prevent and address this serious health concern in […]
  • You’re Invited: ATA 2016 Fall Forum on September 28th – 30th!!

    As the immediate past president of the American Telemedicine Association, I want to take a minute to invite all of you to attend the ATA 2016 Fall Forum being held in New Orleans on September 28th – 30th! This annual event provides a great opportunity for you to meet with leading telehealth experts to better understand important changes happening in […]
  • I Am Honored To Receive The 2016 W. Montague Cobb Lifetime Achievement Award

    I just returned from attending the National Medical Association’s (NMA) Annual Conference and Scientific Assembly in Los Angeles. During the NMA’s opening awards ceremony held on Saturday, July 30th, I was honored to be named the recipient of the Cobb Institute’s W. Montague Cobb Lifetime Achievement Award. I was presented the award by Randall C. Morgan, Jr., MD, Executive Director […]
  • My Modern Healthcare Commentary On The Direction Of Healthcare Finance And Payments

    I was privileged and honored to author a commentary at the request of Modern Healthcare for their 40th Anniversary Special Section titled “Forward From 40> The Forces and People Shaping the Future of Healthcare”. My editorial titled “Dr. Reed Tuckson: The long-term prognosis for payment policy in an era of demand for value”, highlighted the following points:   The task of […]
  • Great News: The Smoking Rate Of High School Students At A Record-Low 10.8% In 2015!!

    My friend, Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, recently released an article titled, “Historic Decline in Youth Smoking Is Terrific News, But High Rate of E-Cigarette Use Must Be Addressed”. Highlighted points in Matt’s article include the following: “The historic decline in youth cigarette smoking reported today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will save […]
  • Take A Look At The FDA’s New Nutrition Facts Label For Packaged Foods!

    My friend and colleague, Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Susan Mayne, Ph.D., Director, FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, recently released a new blog article titled “Unveiling the New Nutrition Facts Label”, which updates the public on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s new Nutrition Facts label on packaged […]
  • Why Aren’t Millions of Americans Getting Preventive Care?

    I want to share an article with you, which was recently published by STAT that Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, President of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and I authored titled, “Why aren’t millions of Americans getting preventive care?”. The article highlights United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Spotlight: Prevention, released in partnership with the American College of Preventive of Medicine, […]
  • As President of the American Telemedicine Association, I Look Forward to Seeing You at ATA 2016 on May 14th-17th in Minneapolis!

    I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming ATA 2016, the American Telemedicine Association’s Annual Conference and Trade Show being held in Minneapolis on May 14-17, 2016. Take a look at “What’s New at ATA 2016” and see the many events planned at this year’s Annual Conference. This annual event provides participants with opportunities to attend expanded educational […]
  • Interesting Article From NIH’s Dr. Francis Collins About the Importance of Basic Science Research

    My colleague and friend, Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, co-authored a letter in Science confirming NIH’s continued support of basic research. The letter explains that the pursuit of fundamental knowledge is essential for the achievement of medical advances, and in turn, a healthier future. Please take the time to read the Letter titled, […]
  • National Academies of Medicine Report on End of Life Care … Making the Right Decisions

    The National Academies of Medicine (formerly, the Institute of Medicine) released a consensus report, “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life“, which provides relevant findings from  committee experts who concluded that “improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through […]