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The Affordable Care Act's 'Black Mirror' moment

If you seek television to macerate your brain, I suggest streaming the British series "Black Mirror." It's a far darker "Twilight Zone" without the early 1960s prudery and...

Healthcare industry must empower patients to say no to unnecessary care

Healthcare journalism has morphed away from the standard articles about the new hospital CEO and breakthroughs in cancer research. Recent articles focus on the absurdity of our care delivery system....

The last wall of resistance against Medicaid expansion crumbles

The Obama administration is finally getting tough with states that refuse to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. It is a welcome sight to behold.

Venture capital could help with hospital financials

Venture capitalists want to funnel money into the healthcare sector lately. Startups in the healthcare sector received a record $3.9 billion during the first quarter of 2015, the Wall Street Journal...

5 questions about SGR's replacement

Now that Congress finally repealed the long-hated Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) payment formula, I'm curious to see what happens with its replacement. About the only benefit the SGR had going...

America's healthcare is often delivered with a mean streak

U.S. healthcare delivery is different from most of the rest of the world for a variety of reasons, but perhaps the most significant one is the fact that ours is often marbled with a mean streak....

As laboratories remake themselves, will the healthcare industry capitalize?

When it comes to healthcare delivery, laboratories are in a tough spot. Whether hospital-based or standalone businesses, labs don't do much to stir the souls of healthcare finance executives....

Will price transparency information ever become easy to use?

"You know, for kids." That was the best gag line in a lesser-known Coen Brothers movie called the "Hudsucker Proxy." Tim Robbins would say that to sell his idea for the hula...

Is Medicaid expansion truly destroying America?

The Heritage Foundation--the conservative think tank that unwittingly brought us the Affordable Care Act--wants to let you know that Medicaid expansion under the healthcare reform law is destroying America.

Realignment of Texas cancer screening funds attacks both women and hospitals

Although the United States has seen a rise of women political figures such as Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch, it remains a remarkably difficult place for women in many walks of life. For every...