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Implementing change best accomplished through physician engagement

Implementing change best accomplished through physician engagement

By Dr. Bill Fera  |  October 06, 2014

It's a mistake that happens quite often. When implementing change brought on by regulatory and operational challenges, physician engagement is often neglected. This can result in complete failure of an initiative that an organization has spent millions to achieve.

Exposing conflicts of interest helps influence behavior

Exposing conflicts of interest helps influence behavior

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 04, 2014

The initial release of data on payments made by medical product manufacturers to individual physicians and teaching hospitals proves once again that anyone dealing with large amounts of data—including the government—rarely gets it right the first time around.

Beware the sophomore slump

Beware the sophomore slump

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  September 27, 2014

All the trends are positive as the insurance industry, the government and healthcare reform advocates gear up for the second year of open enrollment on the federal and state-run insurance exchanges.

Our misplaced disease preparedness priorities

Our misplaced disease preparedness priorities

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 13, 2014

For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change.

Obamacare's political turning point

Obamacare's political turning point

By Harris Meyer, managing editor  |  August 30, 2014

We've come to a fascinating point in the Obamacare political battle where Republican candidates aren't sure they still want to attack Democrats over the law, and Democrats still aren't sure they want to claim credit for it.

History and the Ebola outbreak

History and the Ebola outbreak

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  August 16, 2014

One cannot help but be moved by the heart-rending stories and desperate pleas coming from the four African countries enduring an Ebola outbreak, which has already killed more than 1,000 people.

Where's the applause for slower healthcare spending?

Where's the applause for slower healthcare spending?

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 02, 2014

The Medicare trustees and the Congressional Budget Office weighed in last week with sharply lower estimates for future federal outlays for healthcare. Why aren't the deficit hawks cheering?

Using the courts to sow confusion on healthcare reform

Using the courts to sow confusion on healthcare reform

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  July 26, 2014

The conflicting appellate court opinions on the validity of health insurance subsidies in states with federally run exchanges will give the U.S. Supreme Court a second opportunity to eviscerate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a decision that is at least a year away.

Better rules needed to boost use of big data

Better rules needed to boost use of big data

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  July 12, 2014

It's easy to get swept up in the swelling enthusiasm for using the explosion in electronic health and claims records to improve every aspect of healthcare. But the era of “big data” isn't going to happen without better federal rules for stimulating its uses and preventing abuses.

Better reporting system needed to boost patient safety

Better reporting system needed to boost patient safety

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  June 14, 2014

You can't improve what you don't measure. That quality-improvement mantra rolls easily off the tongue. But when it comes to reducing preventable harm in hospital settings, it turns out that the existing measurement system is woefully inadequate to the task of helping hospitals identify and fix...

Medicaid won't swamp state budgets

Medicaid won't swamp state budgets

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  June 07, 2014

In its initial analysis of the legislation now known as Obamacare, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that about half of the newly insured would come through expanding Medicaid. The latest numbers on enrollment nationwide affirm the government bean counters' perspicacity.

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