Health Care

Lahey + Beth Israel: Is bigger better?

  Even with all the uncertainty surrounding health care and the Affordable Care Act, Lahey Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are convinced bigger is better. The two hospital systems, who have flirted several times in the past, announced on Monday that they intend to fully integrate their operations. Many details remain to be(...)

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Making addiction treatment work for inmates

Making addiction treatment work for inmates

Comprehensive approach needed for those in criminal justice system

AS A PHYSICIAN, who treats and supports individuals battling substance abuse, I try to be available when the call for help comes, especially from those involved with the criminal justice system. The call for help from John, a former inmate who has struggled with addiction and cycled in and out of prison, arrived via text from an unrecognized number. He(...)

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Baker pushes health cost controls

Baker pushes health cost controls

Plan includes employer assessments, rate caps

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE COMPANIES THAT DO NOT OFFER their employees health insurance would pay a $2,000 annual assessment per full-time worker to the state under a plan Gov. Charlie Baker plans to offer later this month to blunt the impact of escalating, enrollment-driven costs in the state’s Medicaid program. The proposal – the bulk(...)

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Baker letter to House on ACA

Baker letter to House on ACA

Cites shift from private to public insurance coverage

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Majority Leader United States House of Representatives H-107, U.S. Capitol Building Washington D.C., 20515   Leader McCarthy, Thank you for the opportunity to provide initial input on how to improve upon the goals of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act). For more than ten years,(...)

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Mass. health care costs moderating

Mass. health care costs moderating

But commission says not everyone benefits equally

THE MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION reported on Wednesday that health care is becoming more affordable, but not for everyone. As recently as 2009, Massachusetts spent more per person on health care than any other state in the nation. But in recent years the growth in health care spending has moderated, rising 2.4 percent in 2013,(...)

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Steward’s asset-light philosophy

Steward’s asset-light philosophy

State's 5th-largest employer takes unusual step of selling off hospital facilities

NO ONE IS QUITE SURE what to make of Steward Health Care’s latest move.  A for-profit health care company operating in a sea of nonprofits, Steward has always been something of an aberration in Massachusetts. But now the state’s fifth-largest employer is moving far outside the mainstream. After six years trying to turn around a(...)

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The Partners premium

The Partners premium

Dissecting the tall tales of the state’s largest health care system

IT IS INTERESTING TO WITNESS Partners HealthCare and its efforts to fend off any policy approaches that may attempt to rein-in the unwarranted high prices the company receives from commercial payers in Massachusetts.   With the Special Commission to Review Variation in Prices among Providers half way through its meetings, I guess some of the initial(...)

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Time to step up fight against ACA repeal

Time to step up fight against ACA repeal

GOP will only succeed if we let them

A NEW REPUBLICAN-CONTROLLED Congress is in place. And for the sixth time, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is facing extinction. Indeed, a gripping narrative history of the ACA/Obamacare could be written focused only on its numerous near-death experiences. Maybe the sixth time will be the curse, and maybe not. Let’s recall. One, in January 2010,(...)

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Five Affordable Care Act questions for the GOP

Five Affordable Care Act questions for the GOP

Republican plans don't add up

SO, REPUBLICANS ARE planning a major blitz to repeal and delay/replace/collapse the Affordable Care Act/ACA/ObamaCare. I’ve got five questions to ask leaders of the Grand Old Party. First, if your guarantees are honest that your replacement law will be better than the ACA, why not share real numbers? President-elect Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, and(...)

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