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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...

Once the King v. Burwell nonsense is finished, focus must shift to strengthening ACA

Once the U.S. Supreme rules against the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell this June, it will be high time for the supporters of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to foreclose against further actions to kill...

What caused the CRE outbreak? The bottom line

It's been well over a century since Ignaz Semmelweis and Joseph Lister discovered that the vast majority of hospital-acquired infections were preventable. So why, after nearly unimaginable leaps...

Big pharma's pricing a significant factor in driving up current healthcare spending

There's currently a schism between healthcare prices and healthcare spending. Prices are budging only grudgingly. That's likely the confluence of the Great Recession, the Affordable Care Act...

GOP's replacement for ACA should deeply worry hospitals

Oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the King v. Burwell case are less than a month away. That means members of the media have amped up the hand-wringing over how the ruling will go,...

Meet the right-hand man for healthcare's ridiculous cost curve

"Look at this," my father-in-law implored. For the first time in more than a decade, he clenched and unclenched his right hand. "And this," he added. He raised and lowered his...