This month, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities around the nation are holding Pride observances to recognize hard-fought civil rights battles. While LGBTQ freedom, rights and acceptance have come a long way, there is more work to be done.
Over 9 million of our veterans rely on the Veterans Affairs Department for their healthcare. And the quality of VA care is on par with most civilian health systems. Unfortunately, that quality is not distributed evenly.
The time has come for two important, but distinct, healthcare conversations to converge in hospital C-suites across America: combating healthcare-associated infections and promoting antibiotic stewardship.
Since January 2010, 83 rural hospitals have closed and two more are likely soon. Another 673 additional facilities are vulnerable. Now, more than ever, we need new delivery models and new payment methodologies for rural providers.
Combining mental health services with primary care can save lives while decreasing costs and increasing quality of care. The passage of the Affordable Care Act opened the door to new patient-centered models of care.
Medical science tells us substance use disorder is a chronic disease, much like diabetes or hypertension. However, the medical establishment—hospitals, emergency rooms, physicians, insurers, physicians—still treats substance use disorder as if it is acute and episodic.
Healthcare would be smart to borrow a page or two from other industries' playbooks and put a relentless focus on keeping the brand promise and delivering a fantastic experience for every consumer for every engagement.
Drugmakers have worked hard to blame the 340B program for skyrocketing drug prices, but no amount of misdirection can overcome mounting evidence that drug prices are the root of the problem, Dr. Bruce Siegel says.
Commentary: Trump's proposals on drug prices are right to focus on anti-competitive market practices
There are proposals in President Donald Trump's plan that if implemented could ensure stronger competition from generic and biosimilar medicines and thereby increase access and provide financial relief for patients at the pharmacy counter.
Health plans and Medicare are signing new outcome-based contracts with physicians where they share in the savings if they work together to keep patients healthy. Should doctors be on the hook to share in losses if costs increase in spite of their efforts?
Many African-American women will never celebrate Mother's Day, as they are three to four times more likely to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes than white women. Their chances of surviving pregnancy are the same as if they lived in Uzbekistan, according to the WHO.
In most transactions, consumers can decide whether price and value are aligned. There's competition, a free flow of information regarding the product, and transparency regarding pricing. Not so with prescription drugs.