Health Care

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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Price commision weighs impacts of tiered health plans

Price commision weighs impacts of tiered health plans

Plans could help drive down total medical spending

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE INCREASING THE POPULARITY of tiered health insurance plans could help drive down total medical spending, industry leaders agreed Tuesday, but hospitals and insurers aren’t necessarily on the same page about how to do it. A special commission studying how the state might reduce provider price variation in the health care system(...)

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Mass. = primary care doctor desert

Mass. = primary care doctor desert

41% of state has little to no access to physicians

MASSACHUSETTS IS ARGUABLY home to the best hospitals, doctors, and medical research institutions in the world. The best and brightest attend our medical schools and many will subsequently live and practice in the Commonwealth. Yet, when it comes to the foundation of our healthcare system, our primary care physicians, Massachusetts has an overlooked and worsening(...)

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Repealing Obamacare won’t fix health care

Repealing Obamacare won’t fix health care

Medical, insurance bureaucracy will still remain a mess

“ALL BUREAUCRACIES, PUBLIC OR PRIVATE, are the same” is a motto I have lived by for years, and it applies to the health care and health insurance bureaucracies. I purchase a full price individual health insurance policy on the Massachusetts Health Connector, and previously purchased an individual policy before the implementation of Obamacare. It is(...)

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Trump poised to dump Affordable Care Act

Trump poised to dump Affordable Care Act

Health and human services nominee is leading critic of landmark law

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP has nominated Rep. Tom Price of George, an orthopedic surgeon and the House Budget Committee chairman, to be his first secretary of health and human services. For those lulled into believing that Trump was moderating his views on the Affordable Care Act because of recent statements on 60 Minutes that he leaned(...)

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Good health goes beyond health care

Good health goes beyond health care

Social needs, like food and housing, must be addressed

WITH MORE THAN 1.8 MILLION Massachusetts residents covered by MassHealth at a cost of more than $15 billion, there is no doubt that Massachusetts is committed to ensuring that care is within reach for those who need it. The question now is how to ensure that this funding is effectively used to improve health and(...)

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State gains approval for big Medicaid overhaul

State gains approval for big Medicaid overhaul

Baker administration secures waiver worth $52b over 5 years

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT today approved a huge infusion of money to Massachusetts and big restructuring of the state’s Medicaid program, known as MassHealth. The five-year $52.4 billion waiver is major win for the Baker administration, and especially for Health & Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and Medicaid director Daniel Tsai. The new waiver will preserve(...)

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