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Better rules needed to boost use of big data
By 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
By 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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Better reporting system needed to boost patient safety
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | June 14, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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...
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Medicaid won't swamp state budgets
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | June 07, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
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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Ensuring competition begins with transparency
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | May 31, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
With the Great Slowdown in healthcare spending growth still showing no signs of abating, the time is ripe for rethinking the nation's competition policy for the sector.
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Community health centers need continued extra funding
By Dr. Gary Wiltz | May 24, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
As a young doctor, my first job was serving in one of the poorest and most rural parishes in Louisiana. I had a three-year commitment to serve with the National Health Service Corps, which, in return, paid for my medical education. Thirty-two years later, I'm still there, leading the same community...
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Beyond the theatrics of the VA wait-list scandal
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | May 24, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The spin cycle of a Washington scandal, once set in motion, is more entertaining to watch than clothes washing at the local laundromat, even though the latter is better at cleaning up a mess. Let's not mince words. What's going on at the VA's healthcare system is a mess. The veterans who served our...
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Healthcare's dysfunction offers opportunity
By Jonathan Bush | May 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The dysfunction of healthcare may very well be the greatest business opportunity out there. Those who can dig through the morass of rules, paperwork and bureaucratic obstacles have a frontier ahead of them in an industry where great service, low prices and convenience have yet to take hold.
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Massachusetts' Romneycare stats prove reform saves lives
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | May 10, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Last year, critics of healthcare reform had a field day when a study of Medicaid expansion in Oregon showed no improvement in overall health among the state's low-income beneficiaries. Now, a new study of the much broader Massachusetts coverage expansion provides the counterweight: Expanded...
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Sovaldi costs less than other treatments
May 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
I acknowledge and appreciate the professionalism and objectivity in this article. I do take umbrage with the misrepresented financials surrounding Gilead's Sovaldi, a first-of-its-kind drug considered a cure for hepatitis C, rather than an approach at managing symptoms.
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