Category Archives: Week in DC

WIDC: Supreme Court holds the key to the future of the ACA

One of the highlights of the Fuqua Week in DC (WIDC) course was hearing from Mr. Lyle Denniston, who has been covering the Supreme Court for 57 years and writes for scotusblog.com, about how the Supreme Court has handled the … Continue reading

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WIDC: This Class is the Jewel of Fuqua’s HSM Program

Thank you for a fantastic week in DC. When I began the WEMBA program I predicted my two top experiences would be the Term 6 Coach K Basketball experience and the Health Policy Class in DC. My prediction was 110% … Continue reading

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Why Business Students Should Care About Policy

If you’re a business student and you want to work in healthcare, you’re going to need to understand at least a little bit about healthcare policy. While Americans take pride in their “free-market” healthcare system, government sources pay 55 cents … Continue reading

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Week in DC: The Urgency of Translation – Advocacy and Scale

Jeffrey Crowley, Distinguished Scholar and Program Director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, spoke with our class about the need for advocacy and other impact-focused organizations to distill their initiatives as … Continue reading

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Week in DC: An eye-opening experience into the healthcare arena

This was my first HSM course and what an amazing start!  This week in DC course set high expectations and exceeded them all!  The diversity of speakers encompassed a wide range of healthcare leaders.  From being able to sit and … Continue reading

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Week in DC: Additional insight into pharma/biotech industries

Our guest speaker from Breakaway Policy Strategies provided additional insight into the pharma/biotech industries and how drug costs, marketing efforts, and FDA activities are impacting the bio-pharma/med device landscape.  Some areas of interest included: Although prescription drug costs get a … Continue reading

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Week in DC: Controlling the cost of healthcare

Loren Adler, a Research Director from the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, discussed one of the week’s recurring themes, talking about the rising proportion of US GDP consumed by healthcare spend over the past 4 decades (currently 20%) … Continue reading

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Week in DC: The role of hospice and palliative care

Health care cost in the US is increasing in overwhelming pace, aging population being the major factor. The population over the age of 65 is already over 12% and is reaching 15% by 2015. In fact, the fastest growing demographic … Continue reading

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Week in DC: Exposure to all aspects of healthcare policy

The “Week in DC” exposes students to all aspects of healthcare policy, governmental as well as corporate influences and the general power structure that influences the execution of medical care in the United States. For those who have been practicing … Continue reading

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Week in DC: Great insight into the healthcare industry as a whole

As a future Medtronic employee, I was excited to the Vice President of Government Affairs for Medtronic on the agenda for the Week in DC trip.  He is responsible for understanding the health policies within the United States and globally. … Continue reading

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