Regarding the article “GOP lawmakers eye cuts in 'optional' Medicaid benefits” (ModernHealthcare.com, 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.
Regarding the Jan. 9 editorial “The high-deductible plan trap” (p. 24), the Affordable Care Act is the epitome of a high-deductible health plan.
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.
Valued-based payment models are the only way to deliver the high-quality affordable care our patients deserve, says Roy Guharoy, vice president of clinical integration and chief pharmacy officer of Ascension.
Those who still have any modicum of health insurance as we once knew it have no say in the changed health cost structure that has transformed the system into an economic enigma, says Michael Singer of Chicago.
The merger actually lowered costs and improved quality, says Michael Young, President and CEO of PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg, Pa.
"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.
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.
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,...
The Oct. 17 editorial “Lower the volume on quality reporting,” correctly characterizes not only the conflict among hospital measurement requirements, but its effect on hospitals and patients.
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...
“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...