Letters: Thanks for turning spotlight on challenges in mental health

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 15, 2016

Having worked in mental health for 30-plus years, led systems in three states and chaired President George W. Bush's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, I greatly appreciate the cover story on mental health reform in last week's issue of Modern Healthcare (“Mental health rises to top of...

Close smaller hospitals? Consider the consequences

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 08, 2016

Some areas do have more hospital capacity than needed today. How should that extra capacity be addressed? Closing a smaller hospital in a city can force patients into surviving large teaching hospitals, boosting the cost of care. Who benefits from that?

Let's set the record straight on quality at rural hospitals, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 01, 2016

“We already have too many small hospitals with low volume, poor outcomes and 'hobbyist' surgeons who do a handful of procedures per year,” said Jon Skinner, a professor of economics at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. “One thing we know is that low...

Post-discharge focus can build healthy behaviors and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 24, 2016

Building patient self-efficacy among patients to change unhealthy behaviors into new good habits—like reducing salt intake or tracking your weight daily—is one low-cost, high-return way to continue to make progress. And it benefits both the patient and the hospital.

More people have insurance, they just can't afford to use it, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 17, 2016

Regarding the article “Uninsured rate drops, but medical expenses still drag millions into poverty:" so what if only 9.1% of the population isn't covered by health insurance? The reason the level is low is that the federal government put a gun to the heads of middle- and low-income people and...

Who will take the blame for dithering on Zika?, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 27, 2016

I agree that politics brought us here and that the poison pills attached spoiled the initial funding request. However, who will accept the blame for what is potentially taking place in the country, babies with microcephaly, etc., that might have been avoided?

New payment bundles offer providers long-term rewards

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 06, 2016

"This truly is a win for patients and providers, helping accomplish the quadruple aim: enhancing patient experience, improving population health, cutting costs—and improving the work life of caregivers."

Key facts omitted in coverage of Indiana's Medicaid expansion

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 30, 2016

This letter is in response to the recent article “Success of Pence's Medicaid expansion far from settled,” on the Healthy Indiana Plan. We find the reporting to be incomplete in several key areas and wish to provide some additional information that was unfortunately left out of the...

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