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Our misplaced disease preparedness priorities
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | 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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The health hazard behind slower cost growth
By Harris Meyer, Managing Editor | September 06, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The CMS' Office of the Actuary told us last week that national healthcare spending growth was expected to remain low for 2013, at least partly because of broad adoption of health plans with high deductibles.
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Obamacare's political turning point
By 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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Ice Bucket Challenge highlights how rare diseases are neglected
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | August 23, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
What a sad summer, marred by the racial unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and the beheading of a U.S. journalist by religious fanatics in the Middle East. The Ice Bucket Challenge launched by the ALS Association comes as welcome relief—and all for a good cause.
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History and the Ebola outbreak
By 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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Sovaldi's cost-effectiveness is being overplayed
By Merrill Goozner, Editor | August 09, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Sovaldi will not save the healthcare system money. It will cost money—a lot of money—to reduce premature mortality due to chronic hepatitis C infection.
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Where's the applause for slower healthcare spending?
By 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
By 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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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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