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Editorial: Don't shed tears for health insurers

Editorial: Don't shed tears for health insurers

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 23, 2016

A superficial reading of the latest headlines about the health insurance industry suggests it is facing serious problems, but the steady drumbeat of bad news for insurers is showing up everywhere except in the finances of the major carriers.

Editorial: Why assume healthcare cost controls will fail?

Editorial: Why assume healthcare cost controls will fail?

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 16, 2016

Last week, two well-respected groups of government economists predicted the end is nigh for the era of restrained growth in healthcare spending. Ignore them. They've been wrong before. They will be proven wrong again.

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 09, 2016

The CMS continues to adjust its formula for distributing disproportionate-share payments for safety net hospitals based on initial assumptions about insurance coverage under the ACA that have not panned out.

Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 25, 2016

Medicare's first step in reining in the skyrocketing cost of specialty drugs deserves support—something it has not received from hospitals, doctors, politicians or, of course, the pharmaceutical industry, which benefits the most from the status quo.

Editorial: Reinstate the assault weapons ban

Editorial: Reinstate the assault weapons ban

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 18, 2016

The horrific events in Orlando in the early hours of June 12 remind us once again of the cowardly failure of our political leaders over many years to take action against America's No. 1 public health crisis.

Editorial: The importance of diversity—and courage

Editorial: The importance of diversity—and courage

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 11, 2016

In the year 2016, we have a major party candidate proclaiming from a public podium that an Indiana-born judge cannot preside fairly over a trial because of his Mexican heritage. This is racism pure and simple.

Editorial: Do you know your healthcare credit score?

Editorial: Do you know your healthcare credit score?

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 04, 2016

Healthcare providers shouldn't let the good news on shrinking bad debt distract them from dealing with one of the more pressing financial issues facing the industry—helping people saddled with unmanageable bills.

Editorial: Avoiding the death spiral

Editorial: Avoiding the death spiral

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 28, 2016

Obamacare's enemies are gearing up to make rising health insurance premiums a major attack point during the coming election season, but the public needs to consider the real reasons behind the higher prices.

Editorial: What's a new cancer drug worth?

Editorial: What's a new cancer drug worth?

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 21, 2016

While the latest cancer drugs emerging from drug and biotechnology company labs can come with hefty price tags, they don't necessarily have a lot of evidence showing they actually work.

Editorial: Medical science's debt to the hibakusha

Editorial: Medical science's debt to the hibakusha

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 14, 2016

President Obama's upcoming visit to Hiroshima in pursuit of a nuclear weapon-free world will unleash uncomfortable emotions on both sides of the Pacific. He ought to note what survivors of the blast taught mankind about the long-term effects of radiation exposure and the threat posed by nuclear war.

Editorial: The great cost shift

Editorial: The great cost shift

By Merrill Goozner  |  May 07, 2016

In most presidential election years, the politics of healthcare at least has a nodding acquaintance with reality. This year, the two aren't even on speaking terms.

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 23, 2016

New CDC data show white women on average lived slightly shorter lives in 2014 compared to 2013. Most experts agreed it was a worrisome harbinger of what awaits other groups suffering the ill-effects of our increasingly unequal society.

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