Vital Signs Blog

Vital Signs: Does the U.S. have the right mindset for value-based care?

Value-based payment models haven't automatically translated to value-based thinking, warned a panel of healthcare leaders at Columbia Business School's annual healthcare conference in New York City Friday.


Vital Signs: Athenahealth CEO Bush likes the hand he's been dealt in the high-stakes interoperability game

Jonathan Bush likes where his company is in the nationwide struggle to make health IT systems more open to the exchange of patient information. Being a native web-developer gives Athena a leg up.

Vital Signs: Fierce Medicaid critic joins Trump's ACA repeal team

A fierce critic of Medicaid expansion has joined the White House team working on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.


Vital Signs: Meet Dr. Ihsan Kaadan, a Syrian physician who escaped Aleppo and ended up at Mass General

Kaadan has been outspoken about President Donald Trump's executive order barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. Although a federal judge has blocked parts of the ban, its final fate has yet to be determined.


Vital Signs: This much is clear: No one knows what's happening on ACA repeal

There's so much confusion and anxiety about the GOP strategy—or lack thereof—for ACA repeal and replacement that well-connected Washington lobbyists and policy experts are asking news reporters, “What are you hearing?”


Vital Signs: In hip and knee bundled payments, a debate over volume

A new study adds fuel to a crucial debate in the ongoing push away from volume and toward value: whether paying a set price for a procedure drives hospitals and doctors simply to perform more of them.


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