The provocative title of your article, “Lifesavers or kickbacks?”, got my attention. However, it seems misleading to suggest that patient-assistance programs are either lifesavers for patients in need of help or kickbacks to drug manufacturers, which would be a felony offense as defined...
Regarding “MedPAC looks to discourage short stays, but sidesteps two-midnight rule”, this article shows the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's true ignorance of managing ill patients in rural America.
Regarding the article “If fee-for-service is a problem, what's the solution?”, replacing the fee-for-service payment model with something better is necessary, but not sufficient to achieve healthcare reform goals of the triple aim—improved health for populations served, better...
Regarding the Feb. 23 cover story “Hospitals face closures as 'a new day in healthcare' dawns,” it's a great article. Unfortunately, these closures will eventually place the basic ability to care for our citizens at risk, especially in rapid response to superbugs, Ebola/SARS, natural...
The nation is facing a mental health emergency, and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) is proposing comprehensive reform
We were pleased to see the article “Quality-of-care standards missing for homebound seniors”, on the continued evolution of quality-of-care measurement for house calls to the frail, elderly home-limited patients.
On behalf of Louisiana veterans, we express extreme dissatisfaction with Modern Healthcare's selection of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald as one of the “healthcare winners” in 2014 as part of the Year in Review feature.
Public interest and media attention around the Food and Drug Administration's proposal to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) has gone from a slow burn to steady flame in recent weeks. That is a good thing.
I loved the recent blog post about Dr. Zeke Emanuel's advice that people should skip their annual physicals. This latest recommendation from Emanuel really could cost people their lives.
I am a strong advocate for providing quality care but am disappointed when my organization does follow-up on current Medicare HCAHPS. Often responses are given by people not involved in the patient's care (the patient or their spokesperson).
Regarding the Jan. 5 editorial “Lessons from Vermont”, perhaps it is too easy to criticize from afar, when being on the inside of such an endeavor comes with all the political and social pressures that make some options untenable, forcing the choices that are less viable economically.
Regarding the Dec. 1 article “Prem Reddy's turnaround strategy”, Beth Kutscher did a good job telling the story of Prime Healthcare Services' growth.