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Ebola preparedness: The fire this time
By Merrill Goozner | October 17, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
The U.S. healthcare system badly fumbled its first unexpected encounter with the deadly Ebola virus. One misdiagnosed patient is dead, two nurses who treated him are sick, and hundreds of people may have been exposed to the virus. Panic is spreading.
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New strategies needed to curb specialty drug costs
By Merrill Goozner | October 11, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Many economists believe rising demand from the newly insured will end the current era of restrained healthcare spending, now in its fourth year.
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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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Back to the future in La La Land
Merrill Goozner, Editor | September 20, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
A new joint venture linking California's second-largest insurer and seven major providers in a defined network that will compete directly with Kaiser Permanente throughout greater Tinseltown represents a major milepost in the nation's movement toward healthcare network competition and value-based...
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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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The health hazard behind slower cost growth
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
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
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
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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