Health Care

Silver linings and seeds in tax cut law – Part II

Silver linings and seeds in tax cut law – Part II

The give and take of policymaking in polarized times

This is the second part of John McDonough’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” Read the first installment here. THE AMERICAN AUTHOR Napoleon Hill wrote: “Every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” I see this happen in health policy, and specifically, I see it in how the Republican tax cut law signed by President Trump(...)

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Treating addiction as a chronic illness

Treating addiction as a chronic illness

Michael Botticelli’s personal experience informs his approach at BMC’s Grayken Center

You’ve shaped drug policy at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, at the White House, and now as executive director of the Grayken Center at Boston Medical Center. But it seems like the most important item on your resume is the fact that you’re in recovery from substance abuse yourself. That’s not an uncommon trajectory.(...)

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Time to repeal medical device tax once and for all

Time to repeal medical device tax once and for all

Suspension is about to end, making R&D decisions difficult

THERE’S A LOT OF TALK in Washington about health care, its future, and what our health ecosystem could look like in the next 5, 10, and even 50 years. These are important policy questions, with nationwide implications if lawmakers get it wrong. Here in Massachusetts, we know a thing or two about health care, health technology, and how(...)

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What’s likely to happen with the Partners-Eye and Ear deal

What’s likely to happen with the Partners-Eye and Ear deal

A no is in order, but a conditional approval may be likely

PARTNERS HEALTHCARE NEEDS a good dose of Vitamin N (a clear No) from either or both the Department of Public Health or the Attorney General with respect to its wanting to acquire Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary on terms that it has proposed. The Health Policy Commission completed its initial review of the proposed merger(...)

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Notes from the ACA front lines

Notes from the ACA front lines

Helping families during open enrollment shows huge value of law

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT is still the law of the land after a series of failed attacks in Congress. Still, in many states, the time frame for enrolling in the ACA’s subsidized insurance plans was cut in half, to a short six-week period ending December 15 (in Massachusetts, residents have until January 23). Federal funds(...)

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Tax cut’s silver linings playbook

Tax cut’s silver linings playbook

Hidden opportunities for progressives in GOP tax bill - Part I

A CORE TENET of behavioral economics is that most of us are biased toward optimism. I plead guilty. Today’s Exhibit A of my optimism bias is the Republican federal tax cut legislation heading toward the desk of President Trump for his signature. It is true that the tax cut legislation is rigged to disproportionately benefit(...)

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Insurers’ ‘fail-first’ drug approach increases pain

Insurers’ ‘fail-first’ drug approach increases pain

Legislative bills would smooth patients' appeal path for prescribed medication coverage

WHEN YOU LIVE with debilitating pain it becomes a matter of degrees: How bad is it today? Can I get up and walk? Can I get through a day of work? Some days are better than others. Some days it’s simply just hard to get dressed. I’ve been living with pain for roughly 16 years(...)

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Some top Steward execs relocating

Some top Steward execs relocating

Relocating base of operations to Dallas

A NUMBER OF TOP OFFICIALS at Steward Health Care, including Chairman and CEO Ralph de la Torre, are relocating their base of operations from Boston to Dallas in the wake of the company’s significant expansion to other states, sources say. A spokesman for Steward declined comment. Sources said the company’s rapid expansion into other states(...)

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Lawmakers must make hospital rates fairer

Lawmakers must make hospital rates fairer

Left unresolved, price disparities will undermine affordable health care

HEALTH EQUITY MOTIVATED Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation, near-universal healthcare coverage in 2006.  Now, it should be a guiding principle as we tackle rising healthcare costs so necessary to keep the healing and caring power of healthcare within reach for everyone. By the same token, we, as physicians and clergy, believe in working together to remove all barriers to the(...)

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