Health Care

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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Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Insurers sound alarm on Senate health bill

Warns of price hikes, say cost penalties not broad enough

InsuSTATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE SEVERAL LARGE HEALTH INSURERS are sounding the alarm on the eve of Senate debate on a health care bill that seeks to shrink the gap between rates paid to the most expensive hospitals and lower-paid providers, warning that without changes the bill would drive up costs for consumers. The insurers, including(...)

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Take the chains off nurse practitioners

Take the chains off nurse practitioners

Give them ability to practice to their full potential

HISTORICALLY, MASSACHUSETTS HAS BEEN a leader in healthcare reform. However, antiquated, restrictive laws and licensing requirements leave Massachusetts among only 13 states in the country – and the only state in New England – that does not currently allow nurse practitioners to practice to the full extent of their education and training. Limitations to nurse(...)

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Family caregivers deserve support

Family caregivers deserve support

Helping seniors age in place is no easy task

CARING FOR AN OLDER ADULT in your life is a complicated matter—at once daunting and rewarding. In the old days (and still today in certain cultures), it was less complicated. Seniors often lived with their adult children in households that were more like villages. Or an unmarried adult child stayed back and lived with aging(...)

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Health Policy Commission pans Partners-Mass. Eye & Ear deal

Health Policy Commission pans Partners-Mass. Eye & Ear deal

Report finds higher costs likely from proposed acquisition

THE STATE HEALTH POLICY COMMISSION is pouring lots of cold water on the proposed acquisition by Partners HealthCare of the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, saying the deal would increase health care spending without necessarily improving quality and could make it harder for some patients to access the eye and ear hospital’s specialty services. The(...)

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Instead of attacking Medicaid, let’s celebrate its innovations

Instead of attacking Medicaid, let’s celebrate its innovations

Accountable care organization model shows early promise

IT’S TIME FOR our nation’s health care leaders to stand up against those who denigrate the nation’s invaluable Medicaid program. Such talk is wrong-headed, usually untrue, and counter-productive to the provision of quality, cost-effective care. Medicaid expansion is a key component of the Affordable Care Act, and recent congressional efforts against the Affordable Care Act(...)

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