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The continued resistance to Medicaid expansion is silly and profoundly damaging

I recently journeyed to England and one impression that will stick with me is that the United Kingdom is paying closer attention to what goes on within its borders than the U.S. is within its own....

A look at the presidential candidates' potential impact on hospitals--if they win

As the presidential race continues to lurch forward and has been winnowed down to three (perhaps four) legitimate candidates, it is worth a look at their positions on healthcare and how their views...

Healthcare mortgages for patients are absurd

The term "Sweet Science" refers to boxing. The term "Dismal Science" pertains to economics. I've always found it amusing that the former--the realm of brain swelling and...

Ransomware attacks: Hospitals need to weigh bottom line--or just take some basic steps

The growing concern with ransomware attacks at hospitals is provisionally a healthcare IT problem, but as the number of such attacks grows, it will quickly become a financial one as well. Just a...

The free market and public criticism finally pushes back on ever-rising drug prices

If you Google the words "Valeant Pharmaceuticals" and "cratered," nearly 10,000 results appear. Little wonder: Valeant's CEO just bailed out after returning from medical...

Day of reckoning is due for the 'hear no evil, speak no evil' approach to patient costs

The head of the Medicare program was quoted in a national publication this week sarcastically deriding the U.S. healthcare system and blaming doctors, hospitals and health plans for shrugging their...

The Supreme Court just dealt a huge blow to price transparency in healthcare

The 2012 and 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decisions that more or less kept the Affordable Care Act (ACA) intact are considered to be among the most important cases that impacted healthcare delivery in...

Pending state laws on malpractice help hospitals look the other way on medical errors

As many as 400,000 people die in U.S. hospitals every year due to medical errors. Yet some states continue to make it more difficult for patients to sue a provider for medical malpractice and hope...

How would hospitals navigate through Medicare for all?

In this oddest of election years, where mainstream candidates promise to force foreign countries to reimburse our efforts to seal our borders, perhaps the weirdest statement I have heard is an...

The Obama administration wants to advance cancer care--but how will patients pay for it?

Last week the White House announced what it called a "Cancer Moonshot Task Force" to try and double the pace of progress against the disease. The use of the term "moonshot" is...