Health Care

Irony abounds in health agency cuts

Sure, if you’re highlighting irony in this irony-filled world of ours, the easy stop is Cleveland, where the opening night of a GOP convention that is about to nominate a man who suggests Barack Obama is a cop killer-sympathizing Muslim turncoat featured that man’s wife delivering a heartfelt speech about her husband that cribbed heavily(...)

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Obama, Clinton and the new public-option debate

Obama, Clinton and the new public-option debate

Paucity of competition in some state exchanges opens door to revisiting public health plans

THE ERA OF Democratic silence on strengthening and improving the Affordable Care Act is officially over. President Obama’s tour de force review of the ACA’s successes in the new Journal of the American Medical Association is also important for his identification of key ACA improvements needed on insurance affordability, Medicaid, prescription drug prices and more.(...)

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The art of the non-deal deal

The art of the non-deal deal

Health care ballot showdown averted, but pricing issue remains

ON MAY 31, Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new law to avert a proposed 2016 state ballot initiative that would have redistributed as much as $450 million annually from Partners HealthCare hospitals to most of the state’s other hospitals by establishing stringent limits on hospital price variation. The new law, “Chapter 115, An act relative to(...)

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House GOP health care plan is an empty backpack

House GOP health care plan is an empty backpack

Ryan's failed effort at a replacement for Affordable Care Act

THIS WEEK, US House Speaker Paul Ryan released a long-promised plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Most of the plan, “A Better Way: Health Care,” developed by a House task force, includes familiar ideas that have been in Republican rhetoric even prior to the ACA. Coverage of the plan’s basics can be found here(...)

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Children’s Hospital expansion won’t cut costs

Children’s Hospital expansion won’t cut costs

Actually, it shifts costs to private-pay patients

IN 2008, A SEMINAL ARTICLE was published in Health Affairs by Donald M. Berwick, Thomas W. Noland, and John Whittington, entitled “The Triple Aim: Care, Health, And Cost.” Its conclusions are foundational to much of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 and also to much of the work undertaken in recent years by many of(...)

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Could breakup of Partners be way to go?

Could breakup of Partners be way to go?

A Mass General, Brigham divorce could make sense

WITH GOV. CHARLIE BAKER now having signed off on the legislative deal to avoid the SEIU ballot initiative which would have drastically taken commercial insurance monies away from Partners HealthCare, one wonders just how invested he is in any proposed “real” policy solutions coming out of the newly created special commission to review variation in(...)

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Deal would avoid hospital pricing ballot fight

Deal would avoid hospital pricing ballot fight

Avoids redistribution; calls on commission for long-term solution

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A DEAL BROKERED by Beacon Hill leaders between labor and the hospital industry to avert a contentious hospital pricing disparity ballot question this fall would reenergize a special commission examining health care costs and direct $120 million over five years in financial relief to hospitals across the state. The tentative agreement(...)

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Commission wraps up health pricing discussions

Commission wraps up health pricing discussions

As ballot question talks go on, agency’s role unclear

THE STATE’S HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION on Thursday wrapped up a series of discussions with industry stakeholders on what to do about hospital pricing disparities, but the group seemed to have no clear plan on what to do next. As members offered up their ideas at the end of a two-hour meeting, some talked about broadening(...)

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Groups raise concern on hospital pricing talks

Groups raise concern on hospital pricing talks

Letter opposes new assessments on employers, health plans

THE HEADS OF NINE BUSINESS AND INSURANCE GROUPS sent a letter to top Beacon Hill leaders on Tuesday raising concerns about some of the proposals being considered to forestall a ballot question that would regulate hospital prices. The letter to Gov. Charlie Baker, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo indicated some of(...)

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