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Implementing change best accomplished through physician engagement
Dr. Bill Fera | October 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
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.
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Exposing conflicts of interest helps influence behavior
By Merrill Goozner | October 04, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Beware the sophomore slump
Merrill Goozner, Editor | September 27, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Our misplaced disease preparedness priorities
By Merrill Goozner | September 13, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change.
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Obamacare's political turning point
Harris Meyer, managing editor | August 30, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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History and the Ebola outbreak
Merrill Goozner, Editor | August 16, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Where's the applause for slower healthcare spending?
Merrill Goozner | August 02, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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?
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Using the courts to sow confusion on healthcare reform
Merrill Goozner, Editor | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Better rules needed to boost use of big data
Merrill Goozner, Editor | July 12, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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.
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Hobby Lobby ruling is bad news for employer-based insurance
Merrill Goozner | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The Supreme Court inadvertently struck a blow against the employer-based health insurance system last week.
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