Austin Frakt, director of the Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center at the V.A. Boston Healthcare System writes in The New York Times today: A large part of the answer can be found in the title of a 2003 paper in Health Affairs by the Princeton University health economist Uwe Reinhardt: “It’s the prices, stupid.” He … Continue reading Boston researcher in NYTimes on why the US spends so much on health care. The answer is same as it was in 2003 — prices.
By Fred Schulte, Kaiser Health News Used by permission. Note comment from Boston lawyer. Also published by STATnews. Five years ago, Companion DX Reference Lab hoped to cash in on cutting-edge genetic tests paid for by Medicare. The Houston lab marketed a test to assess how a person’s genes affect tolerance for drugs such as … Continue reading KHN: Medicare Fails To Recover Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars In Lab Overcharges
Tucked inside the health care bill passed by the state Senate is a provision to study the possibility of a single-payer health care system. The bill's cost control measures are getting all the attention. From the Globe: The 100-page bill attempts to help struggling community hospitals by setting a floor for the reimbursements they receive from … Continue reading Will a legislative study put Massachusetts on the path to single-payer? Supporters head to Beacon Hill to push for it.
Lots of amazing research and care happens at Partners Healthcare, and we pay a bonus for it. Or, as Boston Globe writer Priyanka Dayal McCluskey puts it "Partners has long been criticized for using its power in the health care market to extract higher payments from insurers and driving up health care costs." But, Partners faces scrutiny … Continue reading Health Policy Commission versus Partners
More here. Over the past three months, the Brigham provided STAT un usual access to meetings of its top management and internal deliberations and documents. This inside look shows how one of the nation’s leading hospitals is confronting the daunting financial and marketplace forces buffeting academic medical centers across the U.S. “This wasn’t about ordinary … Continue reading Can hospitals be leaner?@STATnews take you insides the Brigham’s “struggle to cut costs.”
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission is an organization that my peers at the Health Wonk Review can get excited about But the public should too. In health care, smaller cost increases are considered a victory. All of the testimony from hospitals and other healthcare players for an October 3/4 hearing on cost trends is already posted … Continue reading All eyes should be on Massachusetts (again) as the state moves beyond expanding coverage to tackling health costs.
From Health Leaders Media The small crowd at Tuesday's "On the Front Lines of Healthcare" event in Boston included a patient activist, a state health systems analyst, and even a doctor who was in town for a gastroenterologist meeting. But the gathering, held in an airy space on 33rd floor of a downtown high … Continue reading Social determinants of health, data dominate Boston event hosted by Atlantic magazine