Don't overlook impact of consumer-driven healthcare, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 20, 2015

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.

Simplify doc payment system, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 06, 2015

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.

Medicare/Medicaid architect sees vision realized in many ways, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 30, 2015

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,...

Taking a closer look at hospice, palliative care, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 23, 2015

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.

Don't overlook risks from automatic data entry in EHRs, and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 16, 2015

Regarding the article “Getting the data stream flowing: Hospitals want monitoring devices and EHRs to communicate”, entering vitals such as blood pressure, respiration rate and oxygen saturation from electronic monitors directly into the electronic health record saves time and...

Financial services sector offers lessons for healthcare IT

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 25, 2015

Regarding the April 20 Q&A, “Healthcare should emulate banks on IT interoperability”, I spent 25 years as a chief information officer in the financial services industry, and I agree with the comment about technology interoperability.

Competitive market helps keep drug prices in check and other letters

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 11, 2015

The recent commentary on the price of cancer medicines, “Strong action needed to curb cancer drug prices,” ignores the competitive biopharmaceutical market that exists in the U.S., which keeps a check on spending growth while spurring the development of innovative new therapies for...

Effective use of data analytics can help prevent readmissions

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 04, 2015

Regarding the recent guest commentary “Preventing readmissions requires engaging care team, employing technology,” (, March 30), data analytics can play a part in this as well.

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