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Why Hickox should have obeyed

Why Hickox should have obeyed

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 01, 2014

Some states across the country are imposing stringent and unnecessary quarantine requirements on healthcare workers exposed to Ebola patients.

Casting light on a simpler pricing system

Casting light on a simpler pricing system

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 25, 2014

Remember the excitement surrounding Castlight Health's initial public offering? Last March, the San Francisco startup's stock price soared when investors bought into the idea that online price transparency would transform the healthcare marketplace.

Ebola preparedness: The fire this time

Ebola preparedness: The fire this time

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 17, 2014

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.

Exposing conflicts of interest helps influence behavior

Exposing conflicts of interest helps influence behavior

By Merrill Goozner  |  October 04, 2014

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.

Beware the sophomore slump

Beware the sophomore slump

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  September 27, 2014

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.

Back to the future in La La Land

Back to the future in La La Land

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  September 20, 2014

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...

Our misplaced disease preparedness priorities

Our misplaced disease preparedness priorities

By Merrill Goozner  |  September 13, 2014

For years, infectious-disease specialists have warned public health officials to begin preparing for unexpected outbreaks of microbial infections due to climate change.

The health hazard behind slower cost growth

The health hazard behind slower cost growth

By Harris Meyer, Managing Editor  |  September 06, 2014

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.

Obamacare's political turning point

Obamacare's political turning point

By Harris Meyer, managing editor  |  August 30, 2014

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.

Ice Bucket Challenge highlights how rare diseases are neglected

Ice Bucket Challenge highlights how rare diseases are neglected

By Merrill Goozner, Editor  |  August 23, 2014

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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