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Commentary: 'The Price Ain't Right' ain't right

Commentary: 'The Price Ain't Right' ain't right

By Bruce Vladeck  |  January 21, 2016

An unpublished academic study which rated a front-page story in the New York Times on Dec. 15 was well-written and full of interesting information, but it contained no substantive findings that should surprise anyone who has followed health policy or health economics literature in recent years.

Are we ready to support docs' journey to value-based care?

Are we ready to support docs' journey to value-based care?

By Dr. Wanda Filer and Dr. Roy Beveridge  |  January 09, 2016

In 2014, the U.S. spent more than $3 trillion on healthcare. The time to adopt a patient-centered, value-based system and break free from the broken fee-for-service model is now.

Commentary: Advanced practice nurses still face too many barriers

Commentary: Advanced practice nurses still face too many barriers

By Juan Quintana  |  January 06, 2016

For residents living in rural or poor urban areas, access to quality healthcare can be hard to come by, but letting advanced practice registered nurses practice to the full scope of their education and training without costly physician supervision could mean care for many patients.

Commentary: VA needs skilled healthcare leaders to speed system reforms

Commentary: VA needs skilled healthcare leaders to speed system reforms

By Dr. David J. Shulkin  |  January 02, 2016

The recent challenges in the VA healthcare system have received much attention. Among the most daunting is the shortage of healthcare professionals in the Veterans Health Administration. With 41,000 vacancies, close to 1 in 6 positions are unfilled.

There's little reason to fret over 2014's increase in healthcare spending

There's little reason to fret over 2014's increase in healthcare spending

By Douglas Strong  |  December 28, 2015

Much is being made of the increase in U.S. healthcare spending to more than $3 trillion for the first time in 2014, and also of the 5.3% rate of increase, but there may be less to be concerned about than those numbers might suggest, according to a retired CEO of a major academic medical system.

Hospital (un)productivity

Hospital (un)productivity

By Alex Brill  |  December 10, 2015

A disappointing trend in hospital labor productivity coupled with evidence of a jump in hospital job growth suggests that aggregate hospital spending may be poised to surge.

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