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Healthcare winners and losers in tax reform
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
One can only hope the spate of tax-motivated mergers in the pharmaceutical and medical-device industries finally will motivate Congress to reform the corporate tax code—a long-sought goal of the business community.
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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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Other voices
By Modern Healthcare | July 05, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
“Claiming that for-profit businesses cannot exercise religion reflects the mechanistic liberal view that companies only exist to maximize dollars 'at the expense of everything else.' But of course corporations have many other goals, such as charitable causes, green energy or, yes, promoting...
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Fee-for-service thwarts value-based care's intention
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | June 28, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Society wants the healthcare system to improve the population's overall health while caring for the sick at a lower overall cost. The term of art is providing value-based care. Yet system leaders are stuck with a reimbursement system that still rewards volume through fee-for-service medicine.
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Efficient, quality care can aid shrinking margins
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | June 21, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
It's no secret that hospital margins are under pressure. What is less well-known is the extent to which a growing share of hospitals are sinking into a sea of red ink—a fact uncovered by Modern Healthcare's first-ever analysis of system operating margins using our new financial database.
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U.S. healthcare system ranks last for 11 developed countries
By Modern Healthcare | June 21, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The United States ranked last on measures involving the cost of care, the efficiency of delivering it (too many duplicate tests, avoidable emergency room visits and administrative hassles), and the fairness of its system (lower-income Americans go without care more often than their counterparts in...
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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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