Roosevelt Institute | Cornell University

Caveat Emptor: The Dangers of Dietary Supplements

By Philip Susser Published February 22, 2015

With a lack of governmental oversight, the deregulated dietary supplement industry has recently been guilty of falsely advertising their products. This will raise concern about the integrity of their product and consumer safety.

Access to Paid Leave

By Philip Susser Published November 9, 2014

The recently proposed national paid leave program (FAMILY Act) has the potential to increase the accessibility to paid leave for parents needing to take care of family members. While opponents have scrutinized the bill for its possible unintended consequences, recent studies suggest such a policy would have little effect on business operations.

How the ACA will Create More Job Freedom

By Philip Susser Published October 21, 2014

Job lock, a contentious issue within the current health care landscape, has been diminished with the advent of the Affordable Care Act. How this reduction will affect the labor market in future years is still a source of debate.

A Changing Labor Market for Healthcare Workers

By Philip Susser Published April 25, 2014

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Perceptions of Healthcare in the United States

By Philip Susser Published April 6, 2014

By Philip Susser, 04/06/2014 The aging American population is putting significant pressure on the effectiveness and affordability of healthcare in the United States. Confronting these problems requires a change in the perception of what healthcare really means.

Hospital Readmission Rates, Nurses, and Surgical Care

By Philip Susser Published November 8, 2013

As previously uninsured individuals look to sign up for an insurance plan for the first time through recently erected online health insurance exchanges, hospitals and other health care providers will undoubtedly be met with an influx of new patients. New programs will require hospitals to provide better quality care for more patients, and how hospitals deal with this issue is essential to the efficacy of the healthcare system.

Medicaid Expansion Under the ACA

By Philip Susser Published September 30, 2013

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law, Medicaid - a joint federal-state program - gave freedom to states in determining eligibility requirements. After a 2012 Supreme Court ruling that gave the option to states in expanding Medicaid to individuals at or below 133% of the poverty line, 26 states have opted into the program, thirteen have opted out, and 11 remain undecided. A major deciding factor for states in their decision to adopt the program's expansion is financial viability as well as ultimate health outcomes.

Variation in Medicare Expenditures Across States

By Philip Susser Published May 1, 2013

Large geographical variation in Medicare reimbursements per enrollee exists within the United States. Although, when accounting for acceptable variation such the overall health of a population, these differences are not as dramatic. A geographically based index that would penalize certain inefficient regions with histories of high spending is inefficient; the main problem being that variation exists within regions. A more individualized approach must be taken.