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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...

A comparison of U.S. healthcare news to the overseas equivalent

As part of my work, I spend a lot of time combing through healthcare news stories. I inevitably stumble onto articles about hospitals and healthcare delivery from other parts of the world. I think...

Hospital opacity on medical errors helped create the duodenoscope scandal

The dirty duodenoscope scandal is ugly and troubling, and there is a lot of blame to go around.

Tax exemptions for non-profit hospitals: The end may be near

Is the tax-exemption for non-profit hospitals--a codified tradition that has been on the books for generations--on its heels? It may still be too soon to tell, but what is going on in two different...

My hopes and expectations for healthcare finance in 2016

We all have our expectations of how the new year will shape up, and we usually have our illusions smashed pretty quickly. Here are my hopes--and actual expectations--for the healthcare sector in...

Even more healthcare apps I hope arrive before Christmas

It is again the time of the year when we can kick back, spend time with family, and dream of healthcare apps that may yet arrive before Christmas. In the past, I focused primarily on iPad apps, but...

Why Medicare could eventually become the basis for our single-payer healthcare system

Whatever its flaws, Medicare is one of the few voices of rationality in healthcare finance. Due to the system's huge amount of leverage--it covers about 55 million Americans--it is able to...

Express Scripts makes a bold cost-cutting move against Daraprim but will others follow suit?

Express Scripts performed a remarkable service for the healthcare sector last week. It's probably too soon to tell how it will impact healthcare delivery and costs, but it remains telling...

Price calculators will only work if they are actually accurate and accountable

Last week, I was checking out of a hardware store when I noticed the doormat I thought was on sale was rung up at a higher price. I asked the cashier about it. She got on the phone and discovered...

Shareholders still triumph over patients--for now

"Do I need to worry about my insurance," my father-in-law asked me. I recently documented his extensive health issues. He's an enrollee in a UnitedHealth Medicare Advantage plan. So...