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Quality argument will be tough to make in debate over narrow networks, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare
Posted: March 22, 2014 - 12:01 am ET

In response to the March 17 editorial (“The coming assault on narrow networks”), it's going to be tough to make the quality argument stick as long as the quality metrics shine on providers who can cherry-pick patients, and rain on disproportionate-share hospitals. Just look at the disgruntlement with the federal No Child Left Behind Act's effects on education, if you want to see where this is headed. The right and left alike will be opposed.

Bill Baar
Campton Hills, Ill.

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Move toward transparency long overdue in healthcare

Regarding the article “Castlight IPO blasts off with price transparency tech”, I was delighted to read about an upcoming company offering products that provide needed transparency within the medical field. For far too long, hospitals, doctors and health insurance companies have coveted their cost/profit ratio formulas and not shared them with the very customers/patients whom they serve. Patients need full transparency regarding cost comparisons for each medical procedure throughout the U.S. They are entitled to have full knowledge of the who, what, when, where, why and how of their medical-related bills.

Scott Kennedy
Burbank, Calif.

Providers would be unfairly on the hook under suggested changes

Docs should welcome NPs, PAs into their practices

Regarding the article “Physician assistant, nurse practitioner workloads expected to increase”, smart doctors will have several NPs on staff. They help grow their practices. NPs' skills can add to the clinic's revenue, so it can be a win-win for the clinic. NPs and physician assistants also help the clinic provide professional care to many more patients. Wake up, doctors, and look at the reality of the gift you are being handed.

Lynnette Long
Victoria, Texas

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