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Taking surprise medical bills to court

December 18, 2018   |  The New York Times

In several recent cases, for example in New York and Colorado, courts have stepped in to mediate cases where a patient received a big balance bill from an out-of-network provider. Patients are beginning to challenge these bills on the basis of contract law with varying levels of success, in part due to the difficulty of determining fair prices. “It’s not a well-settled area of the law,” said Mark Hall, director of the Health Law and Policy Program at Wake Forest. “That’s where courts struggle, creating health care prices,” said Hall.

Spotting valuable ideas: students make the best of entrepreneurship minor

December 15, 2018   |  Winston-Salem Journal

The Wake Forest University Center for Entrepreneurship Center, which started in 2005, has the largest minor at Wake and recently expanded its offerings. Its core courses are The Entrepreneurial Experience, Identifying and Cultivating Valuable Ideas, Developing Validated Concepts and Scaling the Entrepreneurial Venture. “We teach courses that teach students how to spot more valuable ideas and how to take those ideas and turn them into validated concepts, and, in some cases, how to turn them into companies,” said Dan Cohen, the John C. Whitaker Jr. Executive Director of the center. “We also complete the minor with a course on how to scale a venture to greater than $10 million in sales.”

Interviewing while black: How race affects salary negotiations

December 26, 2018   |  CNN Business

Derek Avery wrote a guest column for CNN business. Rightfully so. It is shameful that women made only 80.5 cents for every $1 earned by their male counterparts in 2017, according to data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The troubling number has closed significantly since the Equal Pay Act became law in 1963, but progress has slowed despite the continued scrutiny of the issue. Another disparity, equally disturbing and just as discriminatory, has not gotten the same kind of attention: the racial income gap. In 2016, the Pew Research Center released figures showing that college-educated black and Hispanic men earned 80% of the hourly wages earned by college-educated white men.

As seas warm, Galápagos Islands face a giant evolutionary test

December 18, 2018   |  The New York Times

The Galápagos sit in the cross hairs of one of the world’s most destructive weather patterns, El Niño, which causes rapid, extreme ocean heating across the Eastern Pacific tropics. In this interactive feature, climate scientists weigh in on the future of these islands. David Anderson, a biologist at Wake Forest who studies the blue-footed booby seabird, said the ravages of El Niño were a surprise when he began working on the islands in the 1980s. “Now we are wondering, how frequent do these things get? El Niños have a bulldozer effect and they are happening more and more. One hundred years from now, I would not be surprised if the blue-footed boobies were gone” if current trends continue, Anderson said.

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