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...

Tread carefully on measures for patient satisfaction

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 18, 2016

Regarding the recent online commentary “Yelp CEO says online reviews could beat 'gold standard' healthcare measures," patients' perceptions of their care do have value, and their complaints can be drivers for systemic change. A key word is “perception.” And reality for many people...

Offering patients hope shouldn't lead to exploitation and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 28, 2016

The May 23 editorial "What's a new cancer drug worth?" offers a very thoughtful discussion. The practice of manipulating science to make products worth more than what they are must cease. Granted, many of the patients are terminal and are looking for hope. However, the hope should not be exploited,...

CMS talk, policy at odds in eliminating health disparities

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 21, 2016

I read with great interest the recent Q&A “We're trying to build the business case for achieving health equity,” (April 25, p. 30), based on an interview with Cara James, Ph.D., director of the CMS' Office of Minority Health.

Organizations should stay committed to Lean

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 14, 2016

Regarding the recent article “Presence Health rethinks its Lean initiative,” Lean and Lean Six Sigma are needed in healthcare more than ever. I

Proposed changes put pressure on small doc practices

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 07, 2016

Regarding the cover story “Physicians face stark choices under Medicare pay proposal,” none of these payment schemes have been proven to be effective. What has been proven is that small, private primary-care physician practices cut down on hospital admissions and readmissions, saving...

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