Letters: Address rising Medicaid costs by tackling the underlying problems

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 21, 2017

Regarding the article “GOP lawmakers eye cuts in 'optional' Medicaid benefits” (, Jan. 13), the trouble with block grants, reducing benefits or eligibility, or even reducing prescription drug prices is that they do nothing to solve the underlying problems.

Letters: Medical device tax deserves a permanent suspension

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 07, 2017

The medical technology industry always recognized that the ACA's medical device tax was an ill-conceived policy that would lead to negative impacts on jobs, patient care and innovation, says Scott Whitaker, President and CEO of Advanced Medical Technology Association.

Letters: How about keeping an open mind on Trump?

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 19, 2016

"All presidents deserve time to flesh out their vision," says Dr. Bhagwan Satiani Professor of clinical surgery at Ohio State University's School of Medicine Columbus.

Letters: Treat doctors like valued pros, or burnout will be rampant

By Modern Healthcare  |  November 05, 2016

Regarding the article “When physicians burn out, solutions are elusive,” as long as physicians are seen purely as the economic engines of healthcare, as “producers,” where value and worth is equated purely to production and productivity, burnout will be rampant.

Progress on Cancer Moonshot, other efforts will take big investment

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 29, 2016

A serious commitment to “doubling the pace” of progress will require the public and private sectors to consider doubling investments in medical research to about $1,000 per American per year to find the solutions to what ails us—not only cancer, but diabetes, mental illness,...

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...

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...

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