Chicago-area hospitals have merger fever. Is it good for patients? – 10/25/17
Article explains how Chicago-area health systems are joining forces in an effort to improve patient care and lower industry costs; however, according to research and real-life examples this is not always good for consumers’ care and costs. Research shows that when hospitals merge in areas that already have few competitors, prices can increase by more than 20 percent, and Professor Amanda Starc. Professor Starc is also quoted in Politifact.
From Spanish Steps to the new Apple Store, stairs provide spatial drama – 10/22/17
Article takes a look at stairs as the “indelible mark on the art of architecture,” highlighting the Collaboration Plaza’s bleacher stairs at Kellogg’s Global Hub as “a hot spot where future business executives eat, study, talk or type away on their laptops.” Associate Dean Matt Merrick is quoted.
Congress is flying blind on tax reform – 10/20/17
Article written by Visiting Professor Ben Harris discusses the Trump administration and GOP leaders’ plan for rewriting the nation’s tax code, noting that it could have implications in household finances, business incentives, and government revenue—likely measuring in the trillions of dollars.
Unpacking Vision: Three Capabilities Leaders Must Have – 10/19/17
Article by Dean Sally Blount unpacks three core capabilities that are required by visionary leadership. First, one must see potential in individuals; next, one needs to identify the pathways to achieve your vision; lastly, one has to harness the conversations with the human pathways that will help you complete your task.
Obamacare premiums were stabilizing. Then Trump happened. – 10/18/17
Article takes a look at Trump’s decision to “halt federal payments to health insurers, known as cost-sharing reductions.” This will make health insurance premiums increase by 41 percent on average, according to UPMC Health Plan in Pennsylvania. Professor Craig Garthwaite comments on one issue of Obamacare: “We have just not done a good job of getting healthier higher income people into the ACA.”
Possible Senate Deal Emerges on Obamacare Subsidies – 10/17/17
Video segment explains the U.S Senate health committee’s agreement on a measure to strengthen insurance company subsidies. This seems to contradict President Trump’s comments that Obamacare is “dead.” Professor Amanda Starc comments on the matter: “You can make a policy argument that some consumers are better off if they can purchase low-cost” insurance plans.