There are advances being made in healthcare that border on the stunning. Witness the gains made by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong as one example. Despite laudable gains in knowledge and therapeutics, our healthcare picture remains saddled by inefficiencies and an unsustainable cost structure. In that same...
The new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics measure of hospital productivity, featured in the July 13 editorial (“New approaches needed to solve hospitals' productivity woes,” p. 30) admittedly rests on a crude measure of output.
I was happy to be involved in the recent Modern Healthcare article on biosimilars naming, “Fate of cost-saving biosimilar drugs may hinge on naming policy”, and thank the publication for correcting the pharmaceutical payment attributed to my name.
The recent article on the risks associated with catheter use for patients requiring dialysis “Dialysis patients get substandard care despite guidelines” didn't identify policy solutions that could reduce catheters and lead to increased use of grafts and fistulas, the preferred forms of...
The recent Guest Comment “As U.S. relies more on nurse practitioners, we need to learn more about them,” reveals a troubling lack of knowledge about the extensive body of research on nurse practitioners.
Regarding the recent online Guest Commentary “Addressing the nexus of housing and healthcare”, the work being done by the Bipartisan Policy Center's Health and Housing Task Force is on target.
Regarding the recent Comment/Guest Expert, “Higher employee cost-sharing could undermine job-based coverage system”, the Commonwealth Fund's Dr. David Blumenthal addressed many salient facts and issues relating to employer-based health insurance in his editorial.
Regarding the article “Bioethicists say patient-satisfaction surveys could lead to bad medicine”, this is a great example of unintended consequences.
Regarding the recent feature “Physician quality pay not paying off”, several reviews have shown no improvement in population health measures or cost savings from pay-for-performance or pay-for-quality.
Regarding coverage of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid, in 1979 as an American Hospital Association/Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association fellow, I had the privilege of meeting Wilbur Cohen, the architect of Medicare and Medicaid, and the first secretary of the Department of Health,...
I want to applaud Modern Healthcare for the May 18 cover story on assisted suicide/hospice. It's a great topic, and as a family member of multiple hospice patients and executive director of Pathways Hospice in Ohio, I know that education on this subject is vital.
Regarding the recent article “Healthcare spending rises 5.5% while rest of economy sputters”, I wonder if the rise in hospital costs could be related to the rapid growth of high-deductible health plans.