Health Policy Commission versus Partners

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

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Can hospitals be leaner?@STATnews take you insides the Brigham’s “struggle to cut costs.”

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.”

Boston researchers find high #spending on docs doesn’t produce better care

A group of doctors from a range of Boston-area institutions looked at patient outcomes and physician. Their findings were published online via JAMA Internal Medicine.  Abstract here.  While the substantial variation in health care spending across regions and hospitals is well known, key clinical decisions are ultimately made by physicians. However, the degree to which spending … Continue reading Boston researchers find high #spending on docs doesn’t produce better care

Boston Globe: Sachs, Angell, weigh in on health care reform

Jeffrey  Sachs of  Columbia University is not a health care guy; he's a big picture guy. One in  a series of lengthy columns in The Boston Globe offered this: OBAMACARE INCREASED health care coverage but did not solve the crisis of sky-high prices, and may well have exacerbated it by adding government subsidies into a … Continue reading Boston Globe: Sachs, Angell, weigh in on health care reform

Can #Massachusetts tame #health #spending with transparency and oversight?

Stuart Altman, the Brandeis University healthcare economist who has advised presidents from Nixon to Obama, talked to Health Leaders last week. He is now  the head of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, which tracks total health spending statewide.   HLM: How is Massachusetts trying to address high costs? Altman: First of all, it is the … Continue reading Can #Massachusetts tame #health #spending with transparency and oversight?

Are two big #hospital groups better than one? #consolidation

At Wednesday's meeting, the  Massachusetts Health Policy Commission heard a staff report on the proposed merger of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  In summary, we find that these transactions are anticipated to increase market concentration, solidify BIDCO’s position as the second largest hospital network in the state, and could strengthen BIDCO’s ability to leverage higher … Continue reading Are two big #hospital groups better than one? #consolidation

Health care in Massachusetts: Affordable or not?

Not affordable: From this week's paper Rising health care costs have outpaced the incomes of Massachusetts families over the past decade, despite efforts by the state to control medical expenses, according to a report released Wednesday. Affordable: Two weeks ago. Despite concerns about rising health care costs, the head of the state’s largest and most … Continue reading Health care in Massachusetts: Affordable or not?