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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.

Editorial: CMS' bold gamble on primary care

Editorial: CMS' bold gamble on primary care

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 16, 2016

The skeptics were out in force last week when the CMS launched a major expansion of its comprehensive primary-care initiative. They are way off base.

Editorial: Medicaid reforms helping to drive value-based payment

Editorial: Medicaid reforms helping to drive value-based payment

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 09, 2016

State Medicaid agencies have launched a wide array of payment and care-delivery reforms, some of which go further than the federal government's efforts. While they offer the promise of delivering higher-quality care, it's unreasonable to expect them to deliver lower costs, at least in the short run.

Editorial: The therapeutic illusion in cardiac care

Editorial: The therapeutic illusion in cardiac care

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 02, 2016

Ever heard of the “therapeutic illusion”? I hadn't until I read a Perspective article in last week's New England Journal of Medicine that should be required reading for any healthcare executive serious about moving his or her organization from volume-driven to value-based care.

Editorial: A sputtering jobs machine

Editorial: A sputtering jobs machine

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 26, 2016

Need a job? In most American towns and cities, the best place to find new employment opportunities is in healthcare. But healthcare isn't an economic savior.

Editorial: Patient safety and the limits of volunteerism

Editorial: Patient safety and the limits of volunteerism

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 19, 2016

Two recent patient-safety initiatives—one designed to curb opioid overprescribing and the other a heart-device recall—reveal the limits of voluntary action when it comes to avoiding harm from drugs and medical devices.

Editorial: Keep CMS' value-based pay off my Medicare drugs!

Editorial: Keep CMS' value-based pay off my Medicare drugs!

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 12, 2016

Everyone is in favor of value-based reimbursement in healthcare, right? If you're still wearing those rose-colored glasses, take a closer look at last week's reaction to Medicare's proposal to test new ways of paying for drugs administered in physician offices and hospital outpatient departments.

Searching for green shoots at HIMSS conference

Searching for green shoots at HIMSS conference

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 05, 2016

Experimentation. Disruption. Innovation. The spirit of change was in the air at last week's Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society annual meeting in Las Vegas.

Editorial: Abortion safety as subterfuge sets a dangerous precedent

Editorial: Abortion safety as subterfuge sets a dangerous precedent

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 27, 2016

Texas' legislative effort to restrict abortion providers, to be reviewed this week by the U.S. Supreme Court in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, has troubling economic implications for healthcare providers that go well beyond abortion. It's worth reviewing some of the issues raised by the case.

Lowering the barriers to primary care

Lowering the barriers to primary care

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 20, 2016

Though the nation still faces a shortage of primary-care physicians, regulatory and payment roadblocks to delivering that basic service in less expensive ways are finally starting to come down.

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