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If enacted, Clinton's 'Medicare for some' proposal may help hospitals

I'm not sure what to make of 86-year-old William Hager, who almost certainly will spend what remains of his days behind bars for shooting and killing his 78-year-old wife. He claimed the couple...

What would be in a hospital bill we could all understand?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched a contest to see who can design a hospital bill that patients can actually read.. It's been an open secret that most hospital bills...

Patients may need more of a nudge to capitalize on price transparency

Price transparency may be one of the few initiatives that will allow the U.S. healthcare system to save itself from itself. But there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that its existence may...

Hospitals should reconsider charity care for middle-class, insured patients

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) appears to help the poor the most (those who actually purchase heavily subsidized commercial policies and don't buy into the propaganda about socialized medicine...

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...