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Clinical pathways can lead to better cancer care

Clinical pathways can lead to better cancer care

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 22, 2014

No one likes the idea of physicians practicing cookbook medicine. Yet providers and insurers increasingly are asking physicians to use preordained treatment plans called clinical pathways.

On the VA, Ebola trials and the SHOP exchanges

On the VA, Ebola trials and the SHOP exchanges

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 15, 2014

Talk about sending mixed messages. Robert McDonald, the new head of the Veterans Affairs Department, wants to hire 28,000 new doctors, nurses and other clinical staff to reduce delays in offering care to the nation's growing VA-eligible population.

More pressure to control costs

More pressure to control costs

By Merrill Goozner  |  November 08, 2014

After an election where opposing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act once again served as a path to political power, it's important to remind politicians about how the law's two distinct sections interact.

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.

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