By improving the health care services and goods we Americans receive. Quantity we’ve got. Quality we presume because our prices are so much higher for the same goods and services than in other countries.
They are not, says the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in its latest report BEST CARE AT LOWER COST
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On Monday, May 21, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at Johns Hopkins University, will host a conference on “The Potential of Linking Quality of Medical Care with Payment Structures in the German and U.S. Healthcare Systems.” The conference will be held from 9:30am to 3:15pm at the
SEIU Conference Center
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and experts from Germany and the United States, this conference discusses pay for … Continue reading »
Ascension Health of St. Louis is founding parent and sizeable shareholder of Accretive Health, according to a story in St. Louis Today. Mark Eustis, the Fairview CEO came from Ascension Health. Dr. David Pryor, former Allina CIO, is now executive vice-president of Ascension Health Alliance and recently was ranked by Modern Healthcare magazine as the 15th “most influential physician executives in America.”
Here is a link to a recent article on Ascension Health.
See: also Ascension plans … Continue reading »
Looking To Uncle Sam
The Economist, July 30, 2011
POLITICIANS want to lower spending, or at least they say they do. But in all the to-and-fro over raising the debt ceiling, little sensible has been said about lowering spending in the long term. Nothing illuminates this more clearly than health care.
A new report, published in Health Affairs on July 28th, paints a daunting picture. Health spending will rise by 5.8% each year from 2010 to the end … Continue reading »
When the Congress passed the historic health policy reform law in March 2010, a centerpiece was new rules for the private insurance industry. The best argument against moving to a single payer system in this country has been the ability of some health insurance plans, working with health care providers, to improve care quality, efficiency, utilization, costs and satisfaction. Most traditional Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans have demonstrated how to use data to drive … Continue reading »
During the George W. Bush presidency, health policy took a turn for the worst. Advocates for Health Savings Account/Individual Indemnity/ single payer/solo practice health reform took over the policy asylum. They found advocates in the Bush economics council at the Old Executive Office Building and in the single payer insurance funded medical industry selling low premium, high deductible, low stop loss, drop them if they use them, insurance policies into an individual and small group market … Continue reading »
I was visiting the HHS last week when I ran into David Blumenthal, national coordinator for Health Information. We talked about his brother Richard Blumenthal, the new former Connecticut Attorney General just elected to the U.S. Senate (D-CT). David told me he was planning an April return to Harvard when his two year leave to serve the new administration is up. We then speculated on which of the three jobs (AG – NCHI – U.S. Senator) had … Continue reading »
A $2.5 TRILLION HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY WAITS OUT THE REPEAL OF THE HEALTH REFORM LAW
Health plans, hospitals, health professional and medical technology leaders have not taken positions on the Republican Party’s commitment to repeal or replace the ACA health law they call “Obamacare.” Industry leaders know the repeal efforts are part of the Republican campaign to drive President Obama from the Presidency and Democrats from control of the Senate. The reason for this seeming neutrality is simple. Many, but not all, … Continue reading »
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Rick Scott made a fortune running the first and largest for-profit hospital corporation in America. He knows how to make money in a health care system as dysfunctional as ours. And he had the good fortune to escape responsibility for any wrong doing when HCA paid $1.7 billion fine in a U.S. Medicare fraud suit against his company. Unlike eBay’s Meg Whitman, he was also able to persuade Floridians he could use that experience to benefit … Continue reading »
Republicans and Democrats cannot get to substantial reductions in federal spending without “bending the cost curve” in health care spending. Republicans oppose using the now nearly year old law called the Accountable Care Act to do it. The only choice left to them is to reduce the amount of money Medicare pays hospitals, doctors, and all other care providers. That is the route they took in the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. And doctors refused … Continue reading »